The West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as the Westie, is a small, sturdy dog with a distinctive white coat. They may be small but they are strong-willed and self-confident. The breed was originally named the Poltalloch terrier and was later called the Roseneath Terrier, after the Duke of Argyll’s estate in Scotland. It is believed that the breed gained its white coat after the owner's red terrier was mistaken for a fox and shot. In the mid 19th century, a Scottish breeder of the Cairn Terrier had some white pups in his litters. Those pups were selected and bred to obtain the West Highland White Terrier. Commonly, Westies have bright, deep-set, almond-shaped dark eyes. Their ears are erect, set wide apart on top of the head, in a pointed, triangular shape. It sheds moderately and as they develop into adults, their coarse outer coat is normally removed by either hand-stripping or clipping. This prevented them from getting caught in underground bramble when they hunted vermin. The Westie was originally bred for controlling the population of rats, fox, badger, otter and other vermin. West Highland White Terriers are robust little terriers, which are easy to train. They love companionship, are friendly toward strangers, get along well with children and are extremely self-assured toward other dogs. Despite its size, it makes a very good watchdog. The Westie likes to dig and bark. If a Westie is allowed to become the pack leader, they may snap when irritated and be combative with other dogs. These little dogs, need a daily walk. They will also enjoy a good romp, in a safe open area, off the lead.

Vermin:

rat

badger

fox

otter

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