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West Highland Terrier History
The West Highland Terrier descended from the same roots as other small terriers; such as the Sky, Carin, and Scottish terriers. Westies were used to hunt small game and their colors varied originally from black and red to cream and white. A man by the name of Colonel Edward Donald Malcolm was the first to breed the dog all white. He kept a few Westies the reddish color and used them for hunting but they were often mistaken for a fox and killed off, this is how the all white Westie was brought about. With the breed being all white in color, there would be no mistaking the dog for anything other than a dog.
In 1907 The West Highland terrier was listed as a true breed. The name came about because of the area in which they developed and their rugged character. In 1909 the West Highland White Terrier Club of America was founded, and was a member of the American Kennel Club ever since.
West Highland Terrier's Appearance
The Westie is known as a compact little terrier. The breed is known to be very beautiful as well. They have a two inch coat that is all white in color and the dense undercoat as well. They have dark eyes and small pointed ears. They seem to have an alert energetic look. The tail should remain long and should not be docked. The West Highland Terrier should have short little muscular legs and a closely fitted bite.
The Westie is known to be very self-assured and mighty. The breed was once used for hunting and has a spunky attitude. The West Highland Terrier is known to be very easy to train and willing to learn. They are very friendly with everyone even strangers and seem to get along just fine with children. West Highland Terriers are not known to pick fights with other dogs and are very outgoing towards other animals. They love companionship with humans and need lots of attention. They make wonderful watch dogs and will chase a rodent or two. They love to dig and bark so proper training early on in life is key to avoiding any problems later on.
West Highland Terrier's Role
The Westie plays a very loving role and would make a fine family member. They tend to get along with everyone even strangers and love to be around children. They are alert and make wonderful little watch dogs. They are loyal and self-assured. This breed is perfect for someone looking for a friend who can watch the home and protect the family.
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