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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.

Westies love 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!!

Thanks to Westie Rescue of Missouri for the use of this information!