Westie
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10 - 11 inches
High
High
15+
Wiry outer coat and a soft, furry undercoat
Low
Scotland
All White
Very High
Active, assertive, fun-loving, well-behaved
15 - 22 pounds
High
Appearance

The West Highland White Terrier (Westie) is a small well-balanced hardy looking
terrier, exhibiting good showmanship. They are elegant looking with a beautiful, shiny
white coat and bright, button eyes, shaggy eyebrows and a black nose. Their fur around
the face is bristly, which gives the dog a rounded face. Their skin is black or pink, but fur
is white. Their tails resemble that of an inverted carrot, and is never docked.

Temperament

West Highland White Terriers are active, assertive, fun-loving, well-behaved and
light-hearted. They are alert and friendly. Being stable, they love to play and will do so
with each other or with you. They are courageous, self-reliant and have good
self-esteem.

History

They were developed in the high mountains of west Scotland and claim ancestry to the
Scotch Terrier. For a long time, the Westie was interbred with the Cairn, and white ones
were simply called Westies, while the colored ones were called Cairns. The Westie is
thought to be around 300 years old.
Sir Edwin Landseer's painting in 1831 titled
"The Breakfast Party" features several West
Highland Terriers.