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Description of West Highland White Terrier

´╗┐The Breed History

The Scottish terrier group all likely arose from the same ancestors (this includes the Scotties, Dandie Dinmonts, Skye, and Cairn terriers). This breed arose in Poltalloch, Scotland perhaps in the times of King James I and may have been previously known as the Dog of Argyleshire. The family of Colonel Malcolm of Poltalloch is considered to have developed the main lineage up through the early 20th century. It may be that the earliest stock was primarily white Cairn in origin. AKC registration was first recorded in 1908.

Breeding for Function

These dogs were originally bred to be vermin, fox and otter hunters; bred for exceptional spunk, speed and intelligence. Sporty and agile, they can work a long day. They are now enjoying success in earthdog trials, obedience and agility. They are excellent companions.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: female 10" (25.5 cm), male 11" (28 cm)

Weight: females 13-16 lb (6-7 kg), males 15-22 lb (7-10 kg).

Coat: Their outer coat is harsh and dense and the undercoat is fine and wooly. They are all white, and the coat is about 2" in length. Longevity: 15 years.

Points of Conformation: The Westie is a compact, short coupled dog, and has well developed musculature. Deep in the chest, they are characterized by a straight topline. Dark brown eyes with dark palpebral margins, small erect ears with thick leather, heavy eyebrows, black nose and lips and a defined stop with blunt muzzle characterize their head. The tail is short and carried high, and incidentally, is tough enough so that the handler can pull the dog out of the burrow by the tail if needed.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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