West Highland White Terrier

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West Highland White Terrier

ORIGIN

The West Highland White Terrier , commonly known as the Westie or Westy , 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. The person most closely associated with developing the modern breed of West Highland White Terrier is Edward Donald Malcolm, 16th Laird of Poltalloch.

TEMPERAMENT

The temperament of the West Highland White Terrier can vary greatly, with some being friendly towards children while others prefer solitude. It will not tolerate rough handling such as a child pulling on its ears, and can be both food and toy possessive. 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.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

It is often always on the move requiring good exercise (15–30 min) and it is 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.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

Between 36 and 41 cm / Between 7 and 10 kg.

COAT

Double.

COLOR

White.

GROOMING

Average.

(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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