West Highland White Terrier Breed Info
West Highland White Terrier is originated from Scotland and also known as Westie, Poltalloch terrier, Roseneath terrier
Size: max: 11 inches (H) and 20 lbs (W)
Coat: double coat with a soft, dense undercoat and hard, straight, outer coat that is bristly around the face
Personality: fun loving, alert, friendly, courageous, independent, loyal
Care: attention, exercise, grooming, firm but positive training, socialization
Known health problem: cataracts, atopy, copper toxicosis, enzyme deficiency, inguinal hernia, Legg-Perthes
Group: terrier dogs
Good with children? yes with socialization
Good with other pets? It has a strong prey drive towards small animals
The roots of the West Highland White Terrier goes back to Scotland, during the 1800s. The breed actually shares its bloodline with various other terriers during that time, each with outstanding hunting abilities. Small animals such as badger, fox, and vermin were hunted by these efficient terriers.
At one point, various breeds were all considered to be one. The list included the Skye Terrier, the Westie, the Scottish Terrier, and the Cairn Terrier. Distinctive strains were produced through selective breeding, based on qualities such as color and coat type, which were easily maintained throughout Scotland and several islands to the west of the country.
The West Highland White Terrier first gained popularity in 1907. At the time it was named the "Poltalloch Terrier". Over the years the breed went through several more name changes, including: Little Skye, Roseneath, Cairn, and the White Scottish. In fact, the breed was registered with the AKC in 1908 as the Roseneath Terrier, but soon changed in 1909 to the West Highland White Terrier.
There is no other member of the Terrier Group that is more friendly and affectionate than the West Highland White Terrier, or "Westie" for short. These adorable bundles of joy are a happy breed, always curious, and thrives on being the center of attention. It makes the perfect house dog for all family types are are wonderful around children.
The fun-loving temperament of the Westie carries over to strange dogs and people, as they are always looking to make new friends. Somewhat reserved around other pets in the house, these dogs quickly bond, making them amiable with every member of the family. At night they make excellent watchdogs, and will bark at any approaching person, animal, or sound. This breed does best with a terrier-experienced owner, either in the city, suburban, or country home.
Taking Care of Your Westie
The West Highland White Terrier is not the kind of dog that should live outside. Although they do have tolerance to moderately hot or cool temperatures, they should be spend most of their time indoors. However, having access to a fenced-in yard during the day is ideal, with sleeping arrangements inside at night with the rest of the family.
Westies need daily exercise to take care of their high energy levels, but due to the small size of the breed, these requirements can be met with a few walks on the leash and some playtime in the yard or living room. Grooming requirements call for a thorough brushing of the dog's wiry coat, two to three times weekly. A professional clipping is also recommended every few months to keep the coat neat.
The average lifespan of the West Highland White Terrier is between twelve and fourteen years. Major health concerns that run common in the breed include CMO, Legg-Perthes, skin disease, and globoid cell leukodystrophy. Minor health issues reported are KCS, copper toxicosis, patellar luxation, and cataracts.
West Highland White Terrier ClubWest Highland White Terrier Club of America
West Highland White Terrier
Age 11 weeks
Location: Joysi, Texas
Wonderful West Highland White Terrier puppies available for new family homes,They are, potty trained,and house trained and have all their shots, health and vet papers.
We breed the best for family pets and love all of our Westies.