West Highland White Terrier
Poltalloch terrier, Roseneath
Country of Origin
The Westie is believed to have been developed on the Poltalloch estate of the Malcolm family and the Roseneath estate of the Duke of Argyll. It was bred to be part of a working pack used to hunt fox, badger, and vermin. Evidence of the breed is seen in two paintings by Sir Edwin Landseer
The Westie is a small, well-balanced, and hardy dog with a compact body that is slightly taller than it is lang. It has a broad skull and blunt muzzle; dark brown, almond-shaped eyes; a black nose; and small, naturally erect ears with pointed tips. Its tail is short and shaped like an inverted carrot. It is double coated with a hard, straight outer coat that is about two inches long. The coat is bristly around its face, giving
10 to 11inches
15 to 20pounds
The Westie is an alert, fun loving, and friendly dog. It is stable, courageous, and self-reliant, with great self-esteem. Although it is independent, it is loyal to its family. Like most terriers, it tends to dig. It may not be suitable for all children.
This breed does well with a terrier-experienced owner; it is adaptable to city, suburban or rural life.
Attention, exercise, grooming, firm but positive training, socialization.