West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terriers are a dog breed that is easily trained and rather obedient. Your Westie puppy will get along well with strangers and children, and will tolerate a certain level of rough play from children. This dog breed travels well also. Their obedience and intelligence will make your Westie puppy easy to housebreak and train. West Highland White Terriers love to play and are very lively dogs. This energetic dog breed likes to chase a ball and will love your companionship. Despite its small size, the West Highland White Terrier also makes a very good watchdog. Westies are also known to chase cats if not introduced to them at a young age.

The Westie's beautiful coat requires regular maintenance, with daily brushing and regular clipping or stripping.
This playful dog breed is compact, growing no more than eleven inches.
Westies were recognized by the American Kennel Club all the way back in 1908.
Although Westies were originally bred to hunt otters, foxes and vermin, they now make great family companions.
West Highland White Terriers are known for their gleaming white coat.
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Small / Toy


10 to 11 inches (25.4 to 27.9 cm)


13 to 20 pounds (5.9 to 9.1 kgs)

Life Expectancy:

13 to 15 years


Scotland. Westies come from Poltalloch, Scotland.

Popular West Highland White Terrier Cross-Breeds:

Cavestie - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel X West Highland White Terrier Chestie - Chihuahua X West Highland White Terrier Cocker Westie - Cocker Spaniel X West Highland White Terrier Highland Maltie - West Highland White Terrier X Maltese Jaland - Japanese Chin X West Highland White Terrier Peka-A-West - Pekingnese X West Highland White Terrier

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The West Highland White Terrier is:

  • Affectionate
  • Confident
  • Friendly
  • Lively
  • Trainable


Your West Highland White Terrier will need to be groomed once a week.

Coat Length:

The West Highland White Terrier has a short coat.


The West Highland White Terrier does not shed.

Westies grow a double coat, consisting of a soft dense undercoat and a rough outer coat.

Health Concerns

Hip dysplasia, Kidney Stones

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Picked up a Westie puppy today. Took a lot of preparation but it is finally here! It is my first dog and eventually it will be coming with me to polytech where I will learn how to agility train it so we will have great fun together.

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