Level: Moderate - high
badger, and vermin hunting
Alert, gay, courageous, self-reliant but friendly
Small, active, game, hardy, possessed of no small amount of self-esteem
with a varminty appearance.
for: Most people/families.
12 – 14 years
White, pigmentation of nose, pads & nails should be
Medium length, harsh, straight.
Breed standard states "Colour pure white, must be double coated.
The outer coat consists of hard hair, about 2 inches long, free
from any curl. The undercoat, which resembles fur, is short, soft
and close. Open coats in the ring are not favoured.
Appearance: Small sized body. Head thickly coated with
hair, dark eyes looking from under heavy eyebrows (bones), imparting
a piercing look. Small erect ears. The tail is 5-6 inches long,
which when dog is mature.
Strongly built; deep in chest and back ribs; level back and powerful
quarters on muscular legs and exhibiting in a marked degree a great
combination of strength and activity.
The West Highland White Terrier
was sometimes known as the Poltalloch Terrier or the Roseneath Terrier,
they were selectively breed for its white coat so they would be
highly visible in the field. Like other Scottish breeds the Westie
was a great working dog.
They are friendly, very playful and alert, they make wonderful family
pet being able to tolerate lots of adult and children's company.
They are very brave and make great watchdogs.
Yes, they are avid hunters and can eradicate vermin without seeing
marks on the pelt.
They have no road-sense and should not be allowed off the lead unless
having some obedience training.
They are very intelligent dogs and many of the breed here in Australia
have successfully competed in the obedience ring and in the USA.
Westie coats are high maintenance and should be groomed, by first
brushing the coat away from the skin and then combing it flat, removing
all the knots (the soft lint- type undercoat stops dirt and matter
from penetrating the skin) at least 3 times per week. The coat should
be harsh, straight and not wavy - free from any curl.
Regular bathing is not desired, due to washing out their natural
oils which can cause skin complaints.
Stripping of the coat is the best way to keep the coat harsh.
Recommend clipping by electric clippers with a #5 blade. Clipping
does tend to make the coat soft, curl/wave if the dogs have soft
and waves already in their coats, Westies with straight hard coats
will not curl/wave when clipped.
Particular attention should be paid around the anus, trimming the
hair to keep it clean and checking the pads for burrs, grass-seeds
and clogs of dirt that capture in the hairs of the pad. Toe nails
should be regularly tipped to keep the feet tidy and the dewclaws
need attention to stop them from growing and curling into the skin
of the legs.
regular walk and play sessions will keep them fit and happy.
They can be susceptible to skin allergies. It is recommended that
the purchaser buy a Westie from a registered breeder to ensure the
health of the dog and be given guidance with the care of looking
after this wonderful breed.
For Diet and other general dog health information Health/Nutrition