The Dog of the Highlands: West Highland White Terrier

The Dog of the Highlands: West Highland White Terrier

At spherical 1700s, the islet of skye and completely different highlands in European nation are already generating lots of tiny terriers. scottish breeds were separated into : the skye terriers and also the terrier terriers.

the dandie dinmonts had been categorized as a separate breed. the skyes protected the scotties, the cairns and the west highland white terriers or the westies.

It was also noted that these terriers were the hybrids among the crossed Cairns, Scottish, and Dandies terriers. One could assume that the hybrid would really be loyal and its hunting instincts could not be belittled. In fact, many royalties in Scotland owned terriers that were very similar to the Westies of today.

Another exceptional story is a couple of Westie that stopped a mother from perpetually yelling at her female offspring. on every occasion the mother would yell at her young  female offspring, the Westie would attack the mother. The aggression of the dog got worse over the years that resulted within the mother's complete inability to scold her juvenile. 

It clothed  that the woman was really profitable the dog for his protection by calming and soothing him down once each "threat" from her mother. several would understand that the female offspring was ready to facilitate her mother to alter her ways that once in reality she was serving to herself by profitable the dog for its behavior.

The following are some of the basic facts breeders would really love to know about Westies:

Category: Terrier
Living Environment: indoors (highly recommended); outdoors (fenced yard)

Coat: about two-inch coarse and wiry outer coat and soft, dense, and furry undercoat
Color: white 

Height: between 10 and 12 inches

Weight: between 13 and 22 pounds

Temperament: Naturally 

they like to bark and dig
they are not as willful like most terriers
they love companionship

When properly trained

they can become fairly friendly towards strangers
they develop close affinity with behaved children
they love to chase cats but they do not hurt them
they can become a very good watch dog
they can become very lively

Breeders should note of the following health issues: 

Chronic skin problems
   Perthe's disease (hip problems)
   Jawbone calcification
   Cranio mandibular osteopathy (lion jaw)
   Patella luxation, a disorder in the kneecap 
   Liver ailments
   Deafness
   Congenital heart disease

Care and Exercise: 

Their coat should be brushed regularly using a brush with stiff bristles.
They should bathe only when necessary.
Their whole coat should be stripped at least twice a year and trimmed every four months.
The fur on the eyes and ears should be trimmed using blunt-nose mirrors.
They will surely be more agile and healthy after regular sessions of play and/or walk.

Origin/History:

As noted, they share the same lineage with Cairns and Scotties (from Skye terriers), and even with the Dandies. This trio was developed in the Isle of Skye, which was one of the highlands in Scotland. It was noted that white whelps were chosen from the wiry-coated Cairns, Scotties, and Dandies to produce the variety that were known as Poltalloch terriers. 

Following are some items in the history that show the Westies' reputation of being owners' favorite companion dogs.

Records in the history mentioned that around 1620, King James 1 of England requested some small white dogs from Argyleshire in Scotland. Colonel Malcolm, who was considered as the originator of Poltalloch terriers, that are very similar to the Westies of today, accidentally shot his terrier (a dark one). From then on he vowed to have only white terriers. 

In the 19th century, terriers that were very similar to the Westies were known as Roseneath terriers in honor of Duke of Argyll's interest and patronage of this breed. Roseneath was the name of his estate at Dumbartonshire.  

In the first-ever dog show that were organized in the late 1800s, the Westies were called as White Scottish terriers. In 1904, they were classified under the name West Highland White terriers. 

During the mid-1900s, breeders of the Cairns in Argyll, Scotland selected white puppies from the stock and interbreed some to obtain white Cairns. However, in 1917, the American Kennel Club ruled that Cairns could be listed if they have the Westies' lineage.

We can say the history repeats itself for this delightful terrier is now mostly a favorite companion dog of many households. 

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