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About The West Highland White Terrier

Updated on March 26, 2015

The Westie

West Highland Terrier is a self assured dog, and as plenty of self confidence. The dog also, may go by a shorter nickname Westie. He is a very friendly and relatively happy dog. They are in the Terrier family similar looking to the Scottie dog but, smaller and only white in color. The breed did originated in Scotland but this little dog is very popular here in the U.S.

The Look

This dog typically weighs between 13-20 pounds and on average are 10-12 inches tall. They are small in frame but are very muscular , with a small black nose. Their paws are barley turned out, this gives them better grip then a flat footed dog. Their coat is thick and wiry and always white in color.



They generally live between 10-15 years. They can have a couple health problems such as a skin disorder or “Westie Jaw” which just means there jawbone grows larger. Over all their health is pretty good but, like with any dog its always different.

The Job

The Westie was bread to hunt small animals like rats. They were perfect for the job since, they are so small and can go in tight spaces. This dog is like a little machine, they can dig and run non stop. They are easy to teach and yearn to please.


My Girl

I personally own a female Wesite, I have had her since she was a puppy. She is currently 9 and has been excellent companion. She was a little girls best and still snuggles in bed. Twinkie, yes that is my dogs name, is very outgoing and always ready to go outside and dig. My girl has plenty of energy but, doesn't mind just chilling inside watching tv. No, joke she really does wacth tv and will bark if I turn it off. She never has had any health issues and has no problem getting around, even in age.


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      Helen Stuart 

      3 years ago from Deep in the Heart of Texas

      Westies are great little dogs, and you are right about their skin problems. I rescued a little female in New Orleans who had "Just been a Breeder" but could no longer breed because of an infection she developed. Like many of the smarter dogs (I have a Silky Terrier now, same story) it took her quite awhile to trust me and become a fantastic family pet. They are such charming and adorable and playful little friends.


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