The West Highland White Terrier is a loving dog who is good with older children. But he must have adult supervision around children, particularly younger ones. Some breed books have overemphasized how well the Westie gets along with kids, so breed clubs recommend that all children in a Westie's home be older than seven years of age. This dog can snap if annoyed — but if child and dog are properly supervised, the Westie can do well with children of all ages.
West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed
The origin of the lies in Poltalloch region of Scotland. The breed is a result of crossbreeding between different terrier breeds of Scotland including the Cairn Terrier. Also called Westie, this breed was earlier known as the Poltalloch Terrier and later renamed as Roseneath Terrier before being finally named as the West Highland White Terrier. In the olden days, this breed was used for hunting rats, badgers and other small animals. It was first recognized by the AKC in 1908.
The Westie is a small sized dog with a well balanced, strong frame. It has a large, round head; medium sized eyes which are almond shaped, deep set and dark brown in color; small sized ears which are carried erect; a large, black nose; a strong, blunt and deep muzzle; tight lips which are black in color with teeth which meet in scissors bite. This breed has a medium sized tail which is set high and is covered with hard, straight hair. The tail is always carried erect and is never curled over the back. Unlike other terrier breeds, this breed has relatively long legs which are strong and straight with well padded feet. It has a double coat with a hard and straight outercoat and, a soft and dense undercoat. The coat around the head is trimmed to give the head a round appearance. The color of the coat is always pure white.
The West Highland White Terrier is a friendly and lively breed. It is great with kids as well as other dogs and makes for a very good companion breed. It is friendly towards strangers. However, despite that, it makes for a good watchdog. However, caution is advised with small pets such as cats, rabbits, rats etc. because of the dogs hunting instincts. The West Highland White Terrier is prone to the Small Dog Syndrome. Although it is easy to train, it needs calm and consistent leadership to avoid behavioral problems. The breed is most comfortable in an indoor environment and hence, it is well suited to an apartment life.
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In 1908, the American Kennel Club registered the breed for the first time as the Roseneath Terrier, but in 1909, the name was altered to West Highland White Terrier. The breed has established itself as a popular house dog and a competitive show dog ever since.
West Highland White Terrier - Dog Breed Information