West Highland White Terrier breed information, pictures and more...

Westie, Roseneath Terrier, Poltalloch Terrier


AKC Terriers, FCI Group III.: Terriers, TKC Terrier
Dogs 9-12 inches (23-30 cm)
Bitches 8-11 inches (20-28 cm)
Dogs 13-22 pounds (6-10 kg)
Bitches 11-20 pounds (5-9 kg)
2 to 5

The West Highland White Terrier is an elegant looking with a beautiful, shiny white coat and bright, button eyes. The ears are small, pointed and erect, giving the animal an alert ready-for-anything appearance. It has a deep chest and muscular limbs. The tail is carried jauntily, is about 5-6 inches (12.5cm -15cm) long. This small terrier is a great companion for children of all ages. He learns quickly, easy to train. Westies are one of the most popular breeds of dogs today.


As the breed name says, they are typically white.


Westie's coat is about two inches long, white in color, hard, with plenty of soft undercoat. The dog should be neatly presented, the longer coat on the back and sides, trimmed to blend into the shorter neck and shoulder coat. Considerable hair is left around the head to act as a frame for the face to yield a typical Westie expression.

Health Issues:

This breed is fairly healthy. They are susceptible to patellar luxation, skin problems, hernias and liver disease. There may have some problem with cranio mandibular osteopathy (lion jaw), deafness and congenital heart disease. Dogs are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. They love the companionship of humans and other dogs. To minimize the risk of your Westie developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a puppy from a reputable West Highland White Terrier breeder.

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