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Westie Dog - A Pet I wish I had

Updated on March 28, 2015
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I Heart Westie Dogs

The official name is West Highland White Terriers but they are more commonly known as Westies. These are a breed of dog that I would like to own.

In general I like cats more than dogs because cats are cuter and more adorable but like everything else, there are exceptions and Westie dogs are one of them.

While some dogs look scary, these White Terriers are so cute and cuddly. Just look at the picture. Who wouldn't love a face like that?

You may wonder why I don't just get a Westie dog. Well, unfortunately, my wife is allergic to a lot of things, including animals. So we can't have pets inside the house.

Having them only outside is not that much fun to me because sometimes I like to play with them inside as well. Besides, when it's cold outside, I want my pets inside, whether or not they can really withstand the cold.

History of Westie Dogs

The breed was originally named the Poltalloch terrier, after the estate in the Argyll region of western Scotland where they were developed by Colonel Edward Donald Malcolm (1837-1930) and his family. It is said that the breed gained its white coat after the Colonel's red terrier was mistaken for a fox and shot: the dog was to be white in colour so as to help distinguish it from its quarry.

The Westie came to the United States in the early 1900s, originally called Roseneath Terrier. The name was changed to reflect the breed's origins more clearly. Some dog breeders and fanciers also believe that Westies developed with contributions from white dogs in the litters of Cairn Terriers. Others believe that there are contributions from similar dogs developed by the 8th Duke of Argyll (Chieftain of Clan Campbell).

Read more about Westie dogs on Wikipedia.

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      Teddi14 LM 4 years ago

      I love Westies too. We have one: Our Westie, Dudley Can I add your lens to mine? Can you do the same?

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      knitstricken 4 years ago

      P.S. - I love the Mr. Bill plush toy you feature here. Isn't it HilARious that it talks! We have a few around here for our dogs. So funny!

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      knitstricken 4 years ago

      I do think Westies are special, but my true love breed is the Portuguese Water Dog. The two do have some things in common: Both are considered low-allergy dogs. Both have very distinct personalities. Both are pretty creatures!

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      SOOOOOOOO cute...when I was considering getting a dog, before we decided on a Yorkie, I was seriously considering a Westie. Nice! I'll lensroll to some of Aspen's lenses and 5star you:-) ~claudia

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      LotusMalas 7 years ago

      Gahhhh! I want one!