West Highland White Terrier
Newborn Westie puppies are white from
head to toe, with pink noses and footpads. Within 3-4days, their noses and
the footpads start getting mole-size black spots that increase until those
body parts are all black. Their folded ears will prick up in 2-3 months.
From puppyhood, they are geniuses at playing. One owner says, “If he
finds one little stick, he can make a fun toy out of it. If he has a toy,
he plays well with other dogs, too. He finds a good playmate in his mother,
and they play together for a long time.”
This cheerful but tough and
strong-willed breed, named after its homeland in Scotland, was developed from
white cairn terriers, which were originally considered weak and cowardly
and were commonly weeded out. But then white cairn terriers were bred to
make small terriers to hunt small animals. Sensitive to sound, they make
good guard dogs, and they need lots of exercise.
Crossbreeding this breed with the
cairn terrier was practiced and accepted for a long time, but, since 1917,
the AKC has not recognized registration of these crossbred puppies.
Their rough double coat looks soft, but it is coarse and made for
the outdoors. Stripping dead hair and trimming are frequently required.
Size: (male) Height about 11 inches, weight 20 pounds
or less (female)Height about 10 inches, weight 18 pounds or less
Coat: Wiry; color is white