The West Highland White Terrier and several of the other terriers of Scotland came from the same rootstock. There were some breeders who preferred white dogs, because of their visibility when working among rocks and so they wouldn`t be mistaken for quarry. Malcolm of Poltalloch was the one who created the modern Westie In 1905, a specialty club was formed and a standard was adopted. Two years later, the breed was renamed as the West Highland White Terrier (Westie) and given official breed status by The Kennel Club.
Westies love to romp and play and are endowed with a huge helping of Scottish spunk and determination. The breed is light-hearted, understanding and devoted.
The West Highland White Terrier is speedy, alert and tough as nails. Agile and quick in movement, he possesses tremendous stamina. He makes a fine watchdog and family pet for town or country. His exercise needs are minimal, but he likes to dig.
Size: A Westie measures up to 11 in, 28 cm.
Coat: The outer coat consists of straight, hard hair about 2 in, 5 cm long with shorter coat on the neck and shoulders. There`s a soft undercoat.
Grooming: Considerable handwork is needed to maintain the coat in condition and achieve the correct body outline. Regular attention with a brush and comb is also needed.