At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 15 - 22 lbs.

Height: 11"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

West Highland Terrier

Also know as: Westie

Group: Terrier

Origin: Scotland

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Earth Dog

History and Facts: Westies are believed to date back to King James I. These dogs were used in Scotland in the 1800s to hunt fox, badger, rats and other small animals. White dogs were preferred for their visibility; This, all West Highland Terriers are white today. These dogs love to dig and hunt.

Temperament / Behavior
The West Highland Terrier is high-spirited, bold, loyal, playful, and independent. This is a devoted breed, although its not "cuddly." The West Highland Terrier has lots of stamina.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Deafness; allergies; kneecap slippage; hernias; enzyme deficiencies; cataracts; Legg-Perthes disease; prone to copper toxicosis; excessive growth of head bones

Special Needs
Exercise: At least an hour of daily exercise recommended for the West Highland Terrier - several walks and some vigorous playtime. This breed is not well-suited for apartment living. A fenced yard with ample space would be the ideal environment for the West Highland Terrier.

Grooming: The West Highland Terrier has a coarse, wiry double coat that needs brushed twice a week. Trim 3 - 4 times yearly. This breed is a moderate shedder and prone to dry skin. Bathe only if absolutely necessary.


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