West Highland White Terrier Breed Information and Photos

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Breed Description: The West Highland White Terrier is an elegant looking dog breed with a compact, sturdy body, small enough and with short enough legs to go where its quarry would take it. Its tail must be long enough to enable its master to pull it from holes. This dog breed is very affectionate and loves human and animal companionship.

Group: Terrier Group

Purpose of Breed: Hunting rats

Country of Origin: Scotland

Average Size: Ranges from 10-11 inches and 15-22 pounds.

Color(s): White

Coat Type: A double coat-wiry and flat on the outside and soft on the inside.

Grooming: This breed is an average shedder with a coat that should be brushed daily to stay in top condition. Special grooming is necessary if the dog is to be shown. Standard care is required for eyes, ears, pads and nails.


Exercise Needs: West Highland White Terriers require a moderate amount of exercise, but adapt well to apartment living if given daily opportunities to romp and play. They are hunters by nature and should be turned out in a safely enclosed area or exercised on a lead.

Temperament: The West Highland White Terrier is an active and assertive breed that is best suited to living with adults and older children. This breed can be very independent and strong-willed. It is alert and courageous and makes a wonderful watchdog. They make good obedience dogs with proper training and will get along with most other companion animals if introduced properly.

Common Ailments: Susceptible to patellar luxation, skin problems, hernias and liver disease.

Life Expectancy: Averages 12-14 years Trivia: There is a legend that says West Highland White Terriers were developed to be seen easily in the field after a hunter mistakenly took his red colored terrier for a fox and shot it.


More Information: West Highland White Terrier Club of America

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February 23, 2011

This is Leyla, my 4 month old West Highland White Terrier. She really likes to meet other people and other dogs. She also eats a lot of food, she would eat anything that comes in her mouth. She likes to learn new tricks and she is very intelligent.

By Evelin

Leyla (West Highland Terrier)

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Sparky is an 11 year old Westie. We bought her when she was 10 weeks old because my 6 year old son wanted a sibling and we were unable to have another child.


So when we went to the breeder's house, I said to my son, "Pick out your sister." Sparky loves to play hide and seek with her daddy. He throws her ball down the hall then runs and hides in 1 of his 4 hiding places. Sparky goes after the ball, brings it back, drops it, then goes to hiding place number 1. If he's not there, she goes to hiding place number 2, until she finds him.

When she does see him, she turns around, grabs her ball and runs down the hall and daddy chases her. They can do this for 20 minutes at a time. She also likes to try to get her squeaky toy unwrapped from her baby blanket. Then she takes it back to us on the bed so we can wrap it up again and throw it again.

We are sure Sparky is gifted. If there was a gifted program for dogs, she would be in it. You can tell her which toy to get and she runs to her toybox and gets it. She has us wrapped around her little paw.


By Candace Kowal from Scottsdale, AZ

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Simon is 9 years old. He is a West Highland Terrier. We bought Simon from a breeder in AR. He flew all the way to CT to be with us!

Simon (West Highland Terrier)

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October 5, 2008

Maxwell is a 4 year old Westie. He likes to cuddle, chase next doors cat, and watch TV.

Maxwell (West Highland Terrier)

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January 18, 2011

ChaCha Coconut King is 5 years old. She is a West Highland Terrier who I got the pet store when she was a puppy.

ChaCha Coconut King (West Highland Terrier)

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March 5, 2019

A friend could not give her the attention she needed so he gave her to us in Feb 2010. She loves to chase anything she can find to chase.

Scarlett Ann Duvall Cotton (West Highland Terrier) - Westie on a dining chair

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August 28, 2007

Riley, the Wonder Westie is 2 1/2 year old West Highland White Terrier. We got Riley as a 3 month old puppy from Scottie Kingdom Rescue.

Riley (West Highland White Terrier)

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I rescued her from someone who was taking her to an animal shelter. She likes to lay with her squeaky toy Baxter the Bull.

Lena (West Highland Terrier) - closeup of nose and eyes

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Pudgy was 10 years old on Valentine's Day, He is a Westie (West Highland White Terrier). My dear, late husband insisted for years that he really wanted a dog.


We decided on a Westie because of their sunny attitude and good health.

Pudgy (West Highland White Terrier)

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Jackson is a three year old West Highland Terrier - Poodle Mix. :) He was a gift from my ex boyfriend who has since passed. My ex instilled in me a passion for the mountains and hiking, Jackson loves hiking as well.

Jackson (West Highland Terrier Mix)

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August 25, 2019

I got her from the Westie Rescue Southeast USA in Tennessee. Play with bacon balls, anything that squeaks. She loves her snuggles because she spent her first 5 years as a puppy mill mommy. She didn't know how to run, never had a toy, and never had a forever home to have someone love her!

Adele (West Highland Terrier) - dog lying on a rug

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March 26, 2013

While looking through the pages in kijiji one day my daughter and I came upon Tonka, he was 8 weeks old.


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August 30, 2016

We got him in March 2002 aged 10 weeks as a wedding present to ourselves as we already had one Westie at the time.

Sammy Jo (West Highland Terrier)

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August 9, 2010

Lilly is a 14 month old West Highland Terrier. I got her from a breeder in Connecticut when Lilly was 8 weeks old. She likes to dig, play with her toys and likes the swimming pool.

Lilly (West Highland Terrier)

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