WESTIE ORIGIN

AND HISTORY
The elegant l¡ut hounc.y ffeil Highlanrt l(hite Terrier o[ten hos its rather le.ngth.y nanrc .shortened to We,stie, West Highland, or Highlander. Many terriers üre named fitr their region of orig'in, such as the pre.sent- dat' Au,stralian, Irish, and

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Background
The West Highland White Terrier hails from the rugged, rocky and hilly terrain in the

northwestern region of Scotland, where these white dogs were se lectively bred from the gene pool that also produced Cairns and Skyes.
Westies' quarry hid and burrowed among rocks where little digging but great determination was needed. Therefore, the Westie evolved with a narrower, heart-shaped thorax, the better to

into tiny crevices between boulders and pull varmints from their rocky lairs. Westies were once considered a variety of Scottish te rriers and were variously known as Roseneath-Poltalloch Terriers, White Cairn Terrie rs, or White Scottish Terriers. ln an 1BB7 publication, the author of which is unknown, Westies reportedly we ighed 16 to 20 pounds (1 .25-g kgJ-(the same as today), and were '1 . . determined vermin-destroying dogs. . . well knit together, between cobby and lonq,
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but very deep . . . They stood on short bony legs, the front ones being quite straight. . . were linty white in color and with a hard and bristly coat." The report continues, "l know exactly what those dogs are fit for and may add that no water was ever too cold and no earth ever too deep for them." The famous Crufts dog show in 1907 was the setting for the Westie to make its first appearance as a show dog. Westies came to America when Robert Goelet imported Ch. Kiltie and Rumpus Glenmohr. From the very first Westie to step on United States soil, these Iovable little dogs established their reputation as excellent companions with a built-in propensity to rid their surroundings of vermin. The West Highland White Terrier Club of Ame rica was admitted to AKC membership under the name

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of Roseneath Terrier Club in 1908, and the next year it was changed to its present name. Since about 1960, Westies have regularly gained popularity and today rank in the top third of all AKC registered breeds, second only to the Miniature Schnauzer among the terrier breeds.

exercise. The Highlander is an enthusiastic and ambitious pet with instinctive earth-dog characteristics. learn as much as possible abou[ [erriers in general and Westies in particular. and their amusing. Westies are quite sociable. will play by the hour. He will benefit from regular obedience tune-up sessions that will enhance your appreciation of your relationship considera b ly. and nrjschievous ways have won American hearts by the drove. \. please consider another breed. Extremely self-confident and assure d. yet entertain. Never imagine you can mold this canine personality to suit yourself. Bold and energetic. the Westie is not the dog for everyone. An independent thinker usually has its stubborn streaks.1 : Iltt 'lrt2 . A typical Highlander demands ceaseless commitment to lessons. yet exceptionally loyal. and the intelligent Westie is cunningly autonomous. some inherited traits are stronger than human will. and game s. He was bred with human interests close to his heart and he wants to be with his family every minute. 'il tr'.Character and Disposition Hardy West Highlanders have enjoyed great popularity as rugged outdoor companions. truly a giant in a compact package.'uiiahility The Westie's perpetual anima- tion will frustrate. the Westie isn't easily impressed by unimportant matters. Truly. Terrier instincls nrc alu:ut's presenl in lli'stit:s. the Westie is selfassured. lighthearted. They have the endurance of a nruch larger dog and owners need not parnper them or carry them home from a ong walk. Built into every alert Westie is an alarm that can be triggered at any time by any disturbance.. this di igent and aLert little dog is loyal and extroverted. t . delight. yet vex. lts curiosity and ambition are driven by the need to investigate and approve of everything in its environment. A Westie has a optimistic nature and endless energy that may cause conflict with some owners. . 5'. lf this type of relationship doesn't appeal to you.f I¡t'. the nlerriest and most cheerful of Scotland's terriers.4ost Westies are wild about balls or other small toys and if encouraged. His amusing antics will win out and make correction extremely difficult. having a pronounced optimistic oL¡tlook on life. Before you buy. thus they are excellent watchdogs.Often described as intrepid. and this need is satisfied daily with enthusiasm and vitality.

Some humans :rjoy ist to teasing small dogs cause them to bark or Jig and bite at the restraining fence. ces. The occasional strong. ate objectionable .// ( ca\ 1 ll'estie u:ill ttot bncl¡. Usually this characreristic is amenable to change oy castration ol pet Westies. He'll escape from your back. tlog. .nd lack of human ¿rtention will '. Fights are rare between -."'estie and stim- . he will probably settle for rhe neighbor's ferret. masculine (alpha male) personality of some male Westies tends to rrupt when another male is introduced. . or your pet gerbil. Teasrg is more damaging to a terrier's personality -nan neqlecting it.7 llésties urul cals should ít e i nt r o d uce d ca r c.f''{ uri lj --4< :\ . Ji'orrt un1.lin a nice . . the Highlander is generally sociable with friendly dogs and family cats. a stalwart chipmunk.l'ul l. Neglect. rlotrn. and if not. These conflicts often are associated with jealousy and can be controlled by equalizing your handling and aLtention. but rhis little dog with the big attitude isn't likely neutered males or females that have been raised together or that are carefully introduced. boredom. Sociability Somewhat pugnacious around strange dogs and small animals. ro be intimidated by the barking of the neighcor's Great Dane.y'.¡ard to follow a badger to ground if one can ce found.