West Highland Terrier

APPERANCE

Commonly, Westies have bright,deep-set,almond-shaped eyes that are dark in colour.Its ears are pointed and erect.Members of the breed typically weigh between 15 and 20 pounds and the the average height is between 10 to 11 inches.The body should be shorter than the height of the dog.It also has a deep chest,muscular limbs,a black nose,The westie’s paws are slightly turned out to give it better grip than flat footed breeds when it climbs on rock surfaces.In young puppies the nose and foodpads have a pink markings,which slowly turn black as it ages.

TEMPERAMENT

Members of the breed are normally independent,assured and self-confident and can make good watchdogs.It is a loyal breed that bonds with its owners. Westies are highly social and are the most friendly and jolly of all the Scottish breeds of terrier.Its a hardy breed and can be stubborn leading to issues with training.A westie may need to have its training refreshed on occasion during its lifetime.Having a typical terrier prey drive,it tends to be highly interested in toys especially chasing balls.It does retain the instincts of an earth-dog,including inquisitive and investigative traits,as well as natural instincts to both bark and dig holes.

ORIGIN

The West Highland White Terrrier ¬†commonly known as the westie,is a Scottish breed of dog with a distinctive white coat.The modern breed is descended from a number of breeding programs of white terriers in Scotland prior to the 20th century.Edward Donald Malcolm,16th Laird of Poltalloch, is credit with the creation of the modern breed from his Poltalloch Terrier,but did not want to be known as such.Other related breeds included George Campbell,8th Duke of Argyll’s Roseneath Terrier and Dr Edwin Flaxman’s Pittenweem Terriers.The breeds of small white Scottish terriers were given its modern name for the first time in 1908,with recognition by major kennel clubs occurring around the the same time.