Dog West Highland White Terrier: traits, characteristics and origin
West Highland White Terrier

The breed remains very popular in the UK and is in the top third of all breeds in the US since the 1960s. It has been featured in advertising by companies such as Cesar dog food and Scottish whisky Black & White!

Description

CategorySmall breeds: < 20 lbs
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Other namesPoltalloch Terrier, Roseneath Terrier, White Roseneath Terrier

Commonly, Westies have bright, deep-set, almond-shaped eyes that are dark in colour. Its ears are pointed and erect. Members of the breed typically weigh between 15 and 20 pounds (6.8 and 9.1 kg), and the average height is between 10–11 inches (25–28 cm) at the withers. The body should be shorter than the height of the dog at the shoulder.

History

The person most closely associated with developing the modern breed of West Highland White Terrier is Edward Donald Malcolm, 16th Laird of Poltalloch. Malcolm owned terriers used to work game, the story told is that a reddish-brown terrier was mistaken for a fox and shot. Following this Malcolm decided to develop a white terrier breed.

Temperament

Westies are highly social and are the most friendly and jolly of all the Scottish breeds of terrier. The temperament of the West Highland White Terrier can vary greatly, with some being friendly towards children whilst others prefer solitude. It will not tolerate rough handling such as a child pulling on its ears, and can be both food and toy possessive. Members of the breed are normally independent, assured and self-confident and can make good watchdogs. It is a loyal breed that bonds with its owners, but is often always on the move requiring good exercise (15–30 min).

Advice

Having a West Highland White Terrier dog is a great way to bring joy and companionship into your home. As with any pet, there are certain tips that you should follow to ensure that your Westie is healthy, happy and well-behaved. First, make sure to give your Westie plenty of exercise and playtime. Westies are active and need to be taken on regular walks and given the opportunity to run and explore. Additionally, provide plenty of mental stimulation with interactive toys and activities. Secondly, be prepared to groom your Westie on a regular basis. This breed has a thick, white coat that needs to be brushed and trimmed to keep it looking its best. Finally, make sure to socialize your Westie at an early age. This will help them to become comfortable around other people and animals and will help them to develop good manners. With proper care and attention, your Westie can be a loving and loyal companion for many years to come.

Use

Hunting dog, Companion dog

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