Believed to be the grand descendants of Cairn Terriers and Scottish Terriers, the west highland white terriers, commonly referred to as ‘westies’ originated in Scotland during 19th century. Registered with AKC in the year 1908, the westies were initially named Roseneath terrier. This small, yet strong and healthy breed of dogs, were early used for hunting purposes and also as companion dogs.
Westies have a shiny, dense coat two inches thick without curls. Thick dense hair frames the face of this breed, giving it a typical westie expression. Its small ears are held straight and erect giving it an alert look. It also has a close fitted jaw and bright button eyes lined with shaggy eyebrows. This breed also possesses a deep chest and muscular limbs.
The traditional color of the West Highland White Terrier is white, but some may be a wheat color or a white with darker colored paws. But in AKC shows the colors other than white will be disqualified, as that is the only acceptable standard color of the West Highland White Terrier.
This breed of dogs is obedient and affectionate and demands a gentle approach. They are easily trainable and can be good watch dogs. Westies also get along well with other dog breeds and are good companions to children. These dogs also have remarkable determination and devotion to their owners. This truly sporty breed is cunning, courageous and fun loving.
Health problems like hernia, hip problems, liver disease, skin problems, and jawbone calcification are commonly seen in Westies. The average life span of westy is 15 years. West highland white terriers grow up to a height of 11 inches and weigh 15 to 22 pounds.
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