The West Highland White Terrier, or Westie, is an adorable companion dog very popular in the UK and the US. Here are some facts to know about this breed.
The origins of the West Highland White Terrier
The West Highland White Terrier, or Westie, originates from Scotland.
The breed was developed from a mix of the Cairn Terrier and Maltese breeds. We owe this breed to Colonel Malcolm of Poltalloch who accidentally killed one of his red coated Cairn Terriers thinking it was a fox whilst hunting. To avoid such accidents from happening again, the Colonel decided to only use white Cairn Terriers for hunting.
Physical traits of the Westie
Westies are small and sturdy dogs. They are about 28cm tall and weigh up to 10kg. The Westie has a beautiful white coat that requires proper care, either in the form of professional stripping (only with the right coat), or trimming to reach it's full potential. Regular washing and brushing will also be required.
Temperament of the Westie
Westies are known to be very playful and friendly. They get along well with children and are ideal to live with families or active elderly parents. They love long walks and sporting activities. They also love to snuggle!
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