West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed Information - All About Dogs

West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier


The West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as the Westie, originated in Scotland in the middle of the 19th century for hunting fox, otter and other small animals and rodents. Today, this breed is an amazing companion dog. The West Highland White Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908.

Height: 10-11 inches  Weight: 15-20 pounds  Lifespan: 13-15 years


The West Highland White Terrier is hardy, vigorous and compactly built. Nowadays, the Westie is one of the most popular dog breeds. He can be playful and quiet, depending on the mood and the environment. These dogs are intelligent and generally obedient. Comparable Breed: The Cairn Terrier and Scottish Terrier.


This dog is energetic and bold. The West Highland White Terrier enjoys being part of his family, but sometimes he can be too demanding and stubborn, even mischievous. After all, he`s a terrier. The Westie is very playful, he loves kids and is known to be quite affectionate to them. West Highland White Terriers are intelligent, independent and will bark to warn their owners that an intruder is present.

Coat / Care:

The West Highland White Terrier has a double-layered coat. The outer layer is hard and has a wiry structure, and the undercoat is dense, fluffy and soft. West Highland White Terriers are small hypoallergenic dogs. The Westie has an amazingly sparkling white color, which makes him very elegant and graceful. Shedding is moderate so the coat requires regular brushing (at least twice a week). Professional trimming should be carried out twice per year. Because the skin of this particular Terrier is prone to dryness, do not bathe your pet too often, only when necessary.

Health Problems:

The West Highland White Terrier is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to deafness, patellar luxation, cataracts and allergies. The West Highland White Terrier has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.

Weight / Height:

The male West Highland White Terrier dog breed’s height is around 10 – 11 inches and weighs around 15 and 20 pounds. Female West Highland White Terrier dogs can reach a size from 10 – 11 inches and weighs between 15 and 20 pounds.


The West Highland White Terrier requires early education, and special attention should be paid to the process of socialization. The Westie responds to love and gentle guidance. If you train it consistently and fairly, this breed will be fairly obedient.


West Highland White Terriers love to run around and explore. These dogs are not suitable for living in an apartment, as they sometimes get overexcited. At least one hour a day, these highly energetic dogs need long walks in the fresh air. The West Highland White Terrier loves action games with teenagers, moreover, he is tough enough to play all day.

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