West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier History/Evolution:

The West Highland White Terrier originated in Scotland in the 1800s, one of the Scottish Terriers used to hunt fox, badger, and other pests. The compact but hardy “Westie” was originally known as the Poltalloch Terrier, after the home of a Westie breeder; the breed was also known for a time as the Roseneath Terrier, named for the estate of the Duke of Argyle. The confident Westie excels in competitions and has become one of the most popular pet Terriers.


West Highland White Terrier Size:

Small; females 10 inches, 13 to 18 pounds; males 11 inches, 15 to 20 pounds.

West Highland White Terrier Color:

White.

West Highland White Terrier Temperament:

Affectionate, happy, friendly, devoted. Alert, curious, determined, loves to bark and dig. Good with considerate children but not with small animals.

West Highland White Terrier Energy level:

High.

West Highland White Terrier Best owner:

Active owner or family.

West Highland White Terrier Needs:

Daily exercise (short to moderate walk, backyard game), leash, fenced yard, consistent training, combing two to three times a week plus shaping every three months.

West Highland White Terrier Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.