The West Highland White Terrier is a small dog with an irresistible charm.
The “westies” were probably first raised in Scotland Highlands in 1880, are very energetic terriers with some different temper. They must receive adequate training at an early age. However, they can be tender, daring and alert. Their hair must be properly brushed. Originally, were raised for hunting small animals, and frequently were used to hunt varmints. At the beginning these terriers were considered as a Scottish terrier variation, but were subject to a strict reproduction planning to produce different characteristics.
Height, weight: 28 cm high; from 8 to 10 kg of weight. Compact body.
Fur, color: hard overcoat and dense undercoat. Pure white without yellowish tones.
A West Highland White Terrier is Appropriate for: who looks for a nice and small dog, and are in conditions to dedicate a lot of time.
Not Appropriate for: people who want a sweet and funny dog to flaunt.
As a member of the family: happy, friend of children, true companion. Doesn’t bark too much. Excellent guard with amazingly strong teeth.
Breed’s character: very sure of itself in front of other dogs. Strong, powerful and upright. The West Highland Terrier was bred in the middle of the XIX century as a white burrow dog to difference it from hunters.
Common sicknesses: hip disorders during youth (Perth’s Disease), pruritus and dermatitis like allergic reactions.
Life expectancy: up to 14 years.