West Highland White Terrier

Terrier Group



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Notes for owners
Straight, shorthaired double coat. Brush regularly.  Professional grooming needed every 3-4 months
Good house companion.  Digs and barks. Low dander rating.

The “Westie” is a popular breed happy in a cozy apartment or huge estate.  Originally the West Highland White Terrier was called the Roseneath Terrier, after the Scottish estate owned by the Duke of Argyll.  This breed share the common traits of all terriers — spunk, determination and devotion.  Outdoors the Westie is sporty, a good hunter, fast and cunning.  Indoors it is faithful, understanding, and lighthearted.  The breed is intelligent, hardy and requires only minimal upkeep.

According to the American Kennel Club standard, the West Highland White Terrier is possessed with no small amount of self-esteem, strongly built, deep in the chest and back ribs, with a straight back and powerful hindquarters on muscular legs.  Exhibits in marked degree a great combination of strength and activity.

The male is 11 inches at the withers, the female stands at 10 inches.  The head is shaped to give a round appearance from the front.  The eyes are dark almond shaped with black rims.  Ears should be small, erect and end in sharp points.  The muzzle is blunt and powerful and tapers to the nose which should be large and black.  The Westie bite is scissor, with teeth that seem large for the size of the dog.  There mus be six incisor teeth between the canines of both the upper and lowe jaw.

The breed has a double coat; an outer of straight hard white hair about two inches long with a shorter coat on neck and shoulders.  Any color other than white is considered a serious flaw.

The West Highland White Terrier is good with other animals and small children.  It is watchful, but protection is not its job.  Rather, they are alert, gay, self-reliant and friendly.  Its low dander rating may be welcome to allergy sufferers.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Description

West Highland White Terrier Club of America

Westie Foundation of America

WestieMed, Inc. An all-volunteer, IRS-recognized non-profit corporation created to distribute financial aid to injured or ill rescue Westies.

International Westie Sites

Westie World


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