The West Highland White Terrier or ‘Westie’ is a lively little dog bursting with confidence. This Scottish purebred dog is small but brave. Originally it was bred to hunt otter and fox. The hunting instinct can certainly still be visible in his behavior. They are very alert and bark when they feel that something is not right. Their cheerful and playful nature gets along easily with children. In addition, the Westie usually gets along well with other dogs. It is certainly not a fragile dog. He is loyal to his owner and affectionate but often cannot completely hide his stubborn temperament.
As the name suggests, West Highland White Terriers have a pure white coat. The short, dense undercoat is very soft. The outer coat is rougher. His hair is hard, straight and about 5 cm long. They are shorter on the neck and shoulders and longer on the stomach and legs. Their small, dark, black-rimmed eyes are set wide apart. Westies have a domed skull with a short, tapering muzzle and pointed ears. The tail is short, straight and pointed with a maximum length of 15 cm. The shoulder height of the West Highland Terrier is approx. 28 cm. Its weight is usually around 7.5 kg.
A White Terrier loses hair during the moulting period. Then you can pluck away the tangled piles of hair. Trimming is of course a good idea. And daily brushing keeps the coat nice and clean. The Westie does not necessarily need a lot of space as long as it is taken out often. He also loves games. A ball is a great gift for this enthusiastic four-legged friend. Westies usually live to be around 12 to 14 years old.