The Westie is streamlined and short-coupled. It has to be small enough to fit between stones in a narrow passageway which has been the normal fox den in its region of origin. These passages have been usually so sparse that the puppy couldn’t turn around. Short legs helped in maneuverability from the cramped passages. It needed to possess formidable jaws and teeth to be able to confront a fox in closed quarters. The harsh double coat, particularly the tough, straight outer coating, given protection against the fox’s teeth, particularly around the head, in addition to in the components. The tail required to be sufficiently long to provide a handhold where the puppy may be hauled from shallow holes.
The active Westie is joyful, curious and constantly in the thick of things. It’s tender and demanding, among the friendliest terriers. It isn’t friendly, but toward little animals. It appreciates a daily romp in a secure place or a stroll on direct, in addition to playtime in your home. It’s independent and somewhat uncooperative. It barks and digs.
|• Major concerns: globoid cell leukodystrophy, Legg-Perthes, CMO
• Minor concerns: copper toxicosis, cataract, patellar luxation
• Occasionally seen: deafness
• Suggested tests: hip, knee
• Life span: 12 – 14 years
|The West Highland white terrier shares its origins with another terriers of Scotland, demonstrating itself on fox, badger and assorted vermin. At once that the Westie, Dandie Dinmont, Skye, Cairn and Scottish terriers were all considered one strain with substantial diversity. Selective breeding based on these qualities as jacket type or colour might have generated distinctive strains which could have been readily maintained from the comparative isolation of the several islands in the nation. The Westie first gained attention from 1907 because the Poltalloch terrier, called for its house of Col. E.D. Malcolm, who was breeding the short-legged white terriers for the past 60 decades. The breed has gone under many unique titles, such as Roseneath, Poltalloch, white Scottish, small Skye and Cairn. In reality, the AKC first registered it since the Roseneath terrier in 1908, but the title was changed to West Highland white terrier in 1909. Ever since then it has made quite a name for itself, establishing itself as among the very aggressive terriers in the show ring and among the very well-known terriers in the house.|