West Highland White Terrier

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Fun loving and devoted companion, this smallish breed of terrier is quick, with tremendous stamina and courage. It is know to be tenacious but not argumentative and is a excellent family dog.PURPOSE OF BREED:Originating from the Cairn Terrier, this white version was developed so it could be seen working at eliminating vermin, among the rocks in the Highlands of Scotland.AVERAGE LITTER SIZE:3 puppies

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HEIGHT: MALE : 11 in (28 cm) - FEMALE : 10 in (25.5cm)WEIGHT: MALE : 22lbs (10kg) - FEMALE : 15lbs (7kg)

Double coated, with a topcoat consisting of moderate length straight hard hair and undercoat being a softer version of the topcoat. Its white coat will need regular stripping to maintain the quality of coat needed for wet cold conditions.

Common ailments: 

Jaw, hip and knee problems, skin and thyroid disorders.


The West Highland White Terrier is good with children and other pets.

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-doggies" out of Argyleshire.ÿ <a href="http://www.akc.org/">(Credit: AKC.org)</a>