|West Highland White Terrier
The West Highland White Terrier is a small 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, and exhibiting in marked degree a great combination of strength
and activity. The coat is white in color, course, with plenty of soft undercoat.
Did You Know
This is a game terrier and has a very strong will. The first show held for the breed was at Crufts in London in
1907. The first AKC registration was in 1908. Originally registered as the Roseneath Terrier, the name was
officially changed to West Highland White Terrier on May 31, 1909. The West Highland White Terrier, according
to notable authors originated at Poltalloch, Scotland, where they had been bred and maintained for more than
100 years prior to their appearance at dog shows. In 1916 Colonel Malcolm of Poltalloch said that his father and
grandfather both kept them. It is probable that the lineage of the Malcolm dogs goes back to the time of King
James I, who asked for some ''earth-dogges'' out of Argyleshire. Years ago the breed was known as the
Roseneath Terrier, also as the Poltalloch Terrier. The name Roseneath was taken from the Duke of Argyll's
place in Dumbartonshire, Scotland. It is probable that the West Highland White Terrier and all the terriers of
Scotland came from the same stock; the Scotties, Cairns, Dandie Dinmonts, and West Highland Whites are
branches from the same tree and its roots. So you want to own a West Highland White Terrier? The West
Highland is all terrier - a large amount of Scotch spunk, determination, and devotion crammed into a small body.
Outdoors they are truly sporty, good hunters, speedy and cunning, with great intelligence. In the house they are
all that can be desired of a pet; faithful, understanding, and devoted, yet gay and light-hearted. The Westie
requires professional grooming every few months.