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West Highland White Terrier: Training, History, Temperament,
Group: AKC and KCGB Terrier
Also Known As: Poltalloch Terrier, Roseneath Terrier, White Roseneath Terrier, Westie
Ranking: 33 in AKC; 8 in KCGB
About West Highland White Terrier
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Cairn Terrier has been
a contributor to many of Scotland’s
terriers. The Scottish, West Highland, and
Cairn Terriers developed from the same stock,
originating in the islands and highlands of
western Scotland. The three often were found
in the same litter, distinguished only by
Eventually the dogs
were selectively bred to white dogs until
all the offspring were white and that became
the West Highland White Terrier.
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A General Appearance of
The West Highland White Terrier
is a very shaggy-looking little white terrier whose
face has a fox-like appearance. A very compact body
type, the length of his back is only about 14 inches.
The West Highland White’s head is broad. His
tufted ears are small, pointed and erect. He has
a short but hairy tail. He has black eyes and nose
and a “ready to go something” expression.
The coat of the West Highland
White is all white. The coat may have some wheaten
The 2’ outer coat of the
West Highland White Terrier is profuse, hard and
weather-resistant. It should never be fluffy or
soft, silky or curly. The inner coat is shorter
Males: 10 – 12 inches, but
ideally 11 inches
Females: 9 – 11 inches, but ideally 10 inches
Length of the body from the front
of the chest to the back of the hindquarters should
be 14.25 to 15 inches
Males: 15 -22 lbs
Females: 13 – 17 lbs
Temperament of the Dog
The West Highland White Terrier
entertains his owner with boundless energy and all
types of amusing behavior. He loves to learn tricks
and show off for people.
The hardy and scrappy West Highland
White Terrier is strong, alert, and spirited. He
is a busybody who is mischievous, independent, and
lovable. He has his own ideas of what to do and
when to do it and those ideas sometimes get him
into trouble. His independence, along with his fearlessness,
make him a bit difficult to obedience train if you
don’t start early and continue firmly and
His intelligence and desire to
please make him fairly easy to train and very good
in obedience and agility. Both are activities that
direct his energy into positive outlets.
West Highland Whites are great with children of
all ages as they have great patience with them.
They adapt to new situations easily, so travel well.
They crave the companionship of their family and
will want to be in the thick of the action.
They are sensitive, but need lovingly firm discipline.
Unnecessary barking will make
a pest of a once good watchdog and frantic digging
will turn a landscaped yard into what looks like
a mine field.
This breed can be quite the charmer.
Westies are not as willful as
other terriers and will probably get along with
other pets better than most terriers.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
This small breed needs to live
indoors. When outdoors, a West Highland Terrier
will either dig holes all over the area or he will
bark excessively if not taught differently from
an early age.
Always supervise your West Highland
White outdoors. Do not let him off lead except in
an area with a secured (underground as well as above
Are they suited to homes
The West Highland White Terrier
is very patient with children of all ages. He loves
to play, so playing with children makes him happy.
How Active is the Breed?
This is a very active breed, but
they will get much of their activity from playing
with toys indoors.
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
The West Highland White Terrier
likes to run and play (and dig) outdoors, but must
be supervised and inside a secure fence. He is a
very energetic little dog who can get much of his
exercise from playing with toys indoors.
He can live in an apartment if
he is taught early not to bark excessively and if
he is taken on a couple of daily walks. An occasional
romp in a secure area will satisfy him.
The shaggy coat of the West Highland
White Terrier can quickly become a horrible, matted
mess. To keep this from happening, he needs to be
brushed daily, but his undercoat should not get
overly much attention.
Once a month he may need a bath.
Then his coat should be brushed out carefully and
completely when it dries. A monthly trim around
his eyes and ears and feet and a monthly nail trim
will keep him looking and feeling good.
Professional grooming 4-5 times
a year will shape the coat and eliminate dead hair
that does not shed. If he is to be shown, he will
have to have professional grooming every 6 weeks
to shape his coat properly.
West Highland Whites shed very
Most West Highland Terriers are
quite healthy. Some have chronic skin problems probably
due to being all-white. Perthe’s disease (hip
problems), hernias, liver disease, and jawbone calcification
have been reported.
Life Span: West Highland White
Terriers live 15 years or more.
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National Breed Clubs
British – West Highland White Terrier Club
of England – www.theWestHighlandWhiteTerrierClubofEngland.co.uk
US – West Highland White Terrier Club of
America – www.WestieClubAmerica.com
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC,
CET, APRI, ACR
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