The Westie is active, curious, alert and well behaved. This breed is friendly and fun loving making them excellent family pets. They have great personalities and do well with other dogs.
Their outer coat is wiry while their undercoat is very soft and furry.
The West Highland Terrier is white.
Their coat is best when brushed a few times a week and bathed monthly. Minimal trimming is needed.
The Westie life expectancy is between 12 - 15 years. This breed is generally very healthy but some health concerns to look for are:
• Patellar Luxation
• Skin Allergies
• Congenital Heart Disease
The West Highland Terrier breed originated in Scotland over 300 years ago. This breed was originally bred to hunt fox & badger and were designed to be white so the hunter would not accidentally shoot the dog. This breed was classified as the West Highland Terrier in 1904.
The Westie was first registered by the AKC in 1908 and was grouped as Terrier.