West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

Smart, confident, and always entertaining at play, the adorable West Highland White Terrier (Westie, for short) has charmed owners for over 300 years. This diminutive but sturdy earthdog is among the most popular of the small terriers.

Height

11 inches (male). 10 inches, female

Weight

15-20 pounds

Life Expectency

13-15 years

BEHAVIOR

Appearance

The West Highland White Terrier is a small, game, well-balanced hardy looking terrier, exhibiting good showmanship, possessed with no small amount of self-esteem, strongly built, deep in chest and back ribs, with a straight back and powerful hindquarters

Head

Shaped to present a round appearance from the front. Should be in proportion to the body. Expression – Piercing, inquisitive, pert. Eyes – Widely set apart, medium in size, almond shaped, dark brown in color,

Body

Neck – Muscular and well set on sloping shoulders. The length of neck should be in proportion to the remainder of the dog. Faults – Neck too long or too short. Topline – Flat and level, both standing and

Forequarters

Angulation, Shoulders – Shoulder blades are well laid back and well knit at the backbone. The shoulder blade should attach to an upper arm of moderate length, and sufficient angle to allow for definite body overhang. Faults – Steep or loaded s

Hindquarters

Angulation – Thighs are very muscular, well angulated, not set wide apart, with hock well bent, short, and parallel when viewed from the rear. Legs – Rear legs are muscular and relatively short and sinewy. Faults – Weak hocks, long hocks

Coat

Very important and seldom seen to perfection. Must be double-coated. The head is shaped by plucking the hair, to present the round appearance. The outer coat consists of straight hard white hair, about two inches long, with shorter coat on neck and should