on West Highland White Terrier (i.e. Westie)
This sturdy, hardy, compact little terrier has a two inch all white
coat that is uncurled with a soft, dense undercoat. They have bright,
dark, deep-set eyes with a penetrating gaze. The ears are small,
pointed and erect, giving the animal an alert ready-for-anything
look. The tail is carried jauntily, is about 5-6 inches (12½-15cm.)
long and should not be docked. It has a deep chest and muscular
limbs. The Westie has a short, closely fitted jaw with scissors
bite, a pronounced stop, and slightly convex skull.
West Highland White Terriers are described in the standard as being
"possessed of no small amount of self-esteem with a varminty
appearance." This game and hardy little Terrier is easy to
train. They are fairly friendly toward strangers and get along well
with behaved children. Westies may snap when irritated, but are
not as willful as many of the other Terrier breeds. They are lively
and extremely self-assured toward other dogs. Westies usually do
not pick fights with other dogs, although some males are combative
with other males. They may chase a cat for fun, but usually will
not hurt it. Robust, friendly, cocky and spunky. Westies just love
companionship. Despite its size, they make a very good watchdog.
These little dogs are easy to travel with. The Westie likes to dig
Height & Weight
Height: Dogs 10-12 inches (25-30cm.) Bitches 9-11 inches (23-28cm.)
Weight: Dogs 15-22 pounds (7-10kg.) Bitches 13-16 pounds (6-7kg.))
Most are fairly healthy. Some are prone to chronic skin problems,
Perthe's disease (hip problems), hernias, liver disease, and jawbone
Suitable for people in towns and cities as well as in the country.
They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard.
These dogs enjoy a regular walk or sessions of play in the park,
but won't be too upset if they miss a day.
About 15 or more years.
The harsh, straight, short-haired double coat is fairly easy to
groom and sheds little to no hair. Simply brush regularly with a
stiff bristle brush. Brushing should keep the coat clean, so bathe
only when necessary. Trim around the ears and eyes with blunt-nosed
scissors. The whole coat should be trimmed about every four months
and stripped twice a year.
In the middle of the nineteenth century, it happened that the breeder
of the Cairn Terrier in the country of Argyll, Scotland got some
white pups in his litters. Those pups were selected and bred to
obtain the West Highland White Terrier, which is simply a white
Cairn. Westies were originally bred for controlling the population
of rats, fox, otter and other vermin. This charming terrier is now
mostly a companion dog.
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Information on Scottish Terrier (i.e. Scottie;
This sturdy little dog has short legs and the way it is groomed
makes them look even shorter. Even so, it is a strong, active animal
and surprisingly agile. The coat is compact, course, and hard as
bristles with a soft undercoat that protects it thoroughly from
bad weather. It comes in black, wheaten, or brindle of any color.
Sharply pricked ears give the Scottish Terrier a thoughtful look.
It has a large nose and large teeth, and there is a stop between
the skull and the muzzle. Its dark eyes are almond-shaped, and its
neck is muscular. Its tail is medium-length, carried straight or
Brave and alert, the Scottie is protective, hardy and lovable. They
are charming and full of character. Playful and friendly as a puppy,
he matures into a dignified adult. This breed has unusual variable
behavior and moods. It can get moody and snappish as an adult. The
Scottish Terrier makes a very good watchdog. It is inclined to be
stubborn, however, and needs firm, gentle handling from an early
age or it will dominate the household. This breed is sensitive to
correction. Obedience training must be consistent but persuasive.
Do not push this breed too far; never hit a terrier and do not play
aggressive games like wrestling and tug-of-war. He can challenge
family members who have not established leadership over him. Lively,
proud, and intelligent, it has a reliable temperament, but does
not welcome interlopers and has no interest in anyone outside its
own human family. He will attach himself to one or two people and
live for them. Likes to bark and dig, enjoys walks, loves to play
ball games, and is thoroughly sporty, home loving and independent.
The breed does best with older considerate child. It has been described
as the dog that can go anywhere and do anything - a big dog in a
small dog's body. It is very sensitive to criticism and praise and
therefore should be trained gently. These dogs make good house pets.
Height & Weight
Height: 10-11 inches (25-28 kg.)
Weight: 19-23 pounds (8½-10½kg.)
Some are prone to Scottie Cramp (a movement problem), Von Willebrand's
disease, flea allergy, skin, and jaw problems. These dogs are difficult
This dog is good for apartment living. It is moderately active indoors
and will do okay without a yard. Prefers cool climates.
Given a yard of reasonable size, the sporty Scottie will exercise
itself, but it will happily accompany you for a walk or play session
in the park, and delights in fetching sticks and balls.
About 12-15 years.
Regular brushing of the harsh wiry coat is important and extra care
should be taken when the dog is shedding. Bathe or dry shampoo as
necessary. The dog should be professionally trimmed twice a year.
The hair on the body is left long, like a skirt, while the hair
on the face is lightly trimmed and brushed forward. This breed sheds
little to no hair.
The Scottish Terrier was developed in Scotland in 1700, but the
dog with the size and shape we know today dates from 1890. The breed
was first called the Aberdeen Terrier, after the Scottish town of
the same name. Like many other long-low breeds, the Scottie was
used to hunt den animals, particularly otter, fox, badger and rabbit.
Today this stylish breed is primarily a companion, though he still
retains his hunting instincts.
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