Non-sporting Breeds

West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 11 in (27.5cm) Bitch: 10 in (25cm)
Weight: 15-22 lb (7-10kg)
Coat: Harsh and free from curl, with a short, soft, close furry undercoat
Color: White

Like other small Scottish terriers, the West Highland White Terrier or Westie was bred to hunt vermin. At one time it was classed along with the Cairn and Skye Terriers as a Small Highland Working Terrier. The Westie has also gone under a number of other names. In the late 1800s, there was a strain of white Scottish Terriers owned by Colonel Malcolm of Poltalloch and known as Poltalloch Terriers. A picture of Colonel Malcolm with his dogs reveals that they were not all that different from the Westie we know today. Dogs of this type were also known as Roseneath Terriers or White Roseneath Terriers, and in a breed supplement published in 1899, they were classified as a subvariety of the Scottish Terrier. Today, the Westie is among the most popular of purebred dogs. The Westie is described in its standard as being "possessed of no small amount of self-esteem with a varminty appearance." This game and hardy little terrier is easy to train, gets on well with children, and is a suitable housepet for people in town as well as in the country. Regular brushing keeps the white coat clean, but stripping and trimming are required for show, and if it is the intention to exhibit, advice on preparation should be sought from the breeder.
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