West Highland White Terriers are from the Terrier family of dogs and were originally
bred for digging out fox and badger. Their natural diet would have included small
The amount and type of food will depend on the individual dog. A complete and balanced
diet is recommended to include poultry and raw meaty bones. The Westie was bred specifically
for its white coat to distinguish from its quarry.
West Highland White Terrier Temperament
Westies generally get on well with humans and other dogs and are recognised as quite
self-reliant. They are hardy and courageous and often live to a good old age. Frequent
napping appears key to their lifestyle.
Westies are relatively independent and will immerse themselves gaily into all activities.
Their all-round friendliness and even temperament make them an ideal family pet.
West Highland White Terrier Appearance
The Westie is strongly built with a deep chest, level back and powerful quarters
on muscular legs. They have bright deep-set eyes, quite wide apart. Their ears are
small and erect.
The Westie has a harsh dense outer coat free from curls and a short, soft and close
undercoat. The UK Kennel Club standards ideal height is 35 cms for a male and female.
Weight from 5-9 kgs.
Westies are white in colour, having been bred to distinguish them from their quarry
when hunting fox. They have a moderately short tail, typically shaped like a carrot.
The breed has a non-shedding coat.
West Highland White Terrier Facts
West Highland White Terriers get their name from the the West Highlands of Scotland
where they were bred by Colonel Edward Donald Malcolm and his family from the mid
19th Century. They were originally called the Poltalloch Terrier after the estate
Westies were bred specifically for their white coats so as to distinguish them from
the foxes they were used to flush from underground.
Westie Known Disorders
West Highland White Terriers are prone to suffer from eye problems, heart problems,
blood disorders and some skeletal issues.