What is a Westie (Cont'd)?
Among the more popular, attractive, and admired “products of
Scotland”, Westies are one of a clan of hardy little workmen
whose distinctive appearance separates them from the remainder
of dog breeds, although they share many of the traits and
personalities of the terrier clan.
West Highland White Terriers
were the 12th terrier breed to gain admittance to the
Stud Book of the American Kennel Club. The Westie
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 on muscular legs,
exhibiting in marked degree a great combination of strength and
activity. The coat is about two inches long, white in color,
hard, with plenty of soft undercoat. The Westie comes
with no other color. The average height is 11 inches and the
weight ranges from 14 to 22 lbs. Westies can have
pink skin, or skin with a black pigment. Ears should be
pointed and never cropped. Eyes are widely set apart, deep set,
sharp and intelligent. Eye rims are black.
The West Highland White
Terrier is a very special dog, the ownership of which can bring
a tremendous amount of pleasure to a dog-loving individual or to
an entire family of canine enthusiasts. He is a small, truly
“handy home size” but at the same time never could possibly be
thought of as less than a very well-rounded, hardy personality
who is ready for anything. He is a distinctive-looking fellow,
tremendously eye catching, and appealing, a fact attested to by
the number of artists and photographers who constantly choose
him for paintings, photos, figurines, jewelry, etc.
to play, to take walks, and go for car rides. A Westie loves
nothing better than wind in his face and a million smells flying
past his nose. Westies also love to “Zoom”, (for
non-Westie people) this consists of running as fast as their
little legs will allow them in whatever space they have available.
Zooming can be done alone or with a friend. A Westie
really loves it when their owner Zooms with them. We know a
Westie is happy when they are Zooming.
Most importantly, Westie
owners say that owning a Westie is like eating potato chips, you
can’t have just one!!
Westie Rescue of Missouri for the use of this information!