Terrier West Highland White
The West Highland White Terrier comes from the same family as the Cairns,Scotties and the other terriers of Scotland. Once the Westie was just a variety of these breeds, but it became a single breed when serious breeding flourished. At one time, the white dogs in Cairn Terrier litters were destroyed, but later they were developed into the Westie. The breed was originally used to hunt vermin, but it is now seen mostly as a family pet.The breed was recognized in the United States in 1908 and became very popular during the 1960′s.
Size:11 inches (males) and 10 inches (females).
Weight:19 lbs. (males) and 17 lbs. (females).
Color:Pure white with a jet black nose.
Eyes:Dark, medium-sized eyes.
Ears:Small, pointed ears held stiffly erect.
Body Structure:Strongly built, deep in chest and back ribs, straight back and powerful hindquarters. Small and compact, with a short, broad head and and erect, undocked tail.
Hair Coat:Thick, hard undercoat; harsh outercoat two inches long and abundant on head and face; shorter on neck and shoulders.
Possible Health Problems:A generally healthy breed, but some dogs may develop allergic skin disease. Some cases of tear deficiency, inguinal hernia, progressive neurological disorder and craniomandibular osteopathy may occasionally occur.
The West Highland White Terrier is very light hearted and outgoing. It is a wonderful family pet and takes a keen, active interest in its surroundings.
The Westie tends to be a digger and can be vocal; however, it is a good watchdog, and you may want it to be vocal.