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    West Highland White Terrier |Russia|

    West Highland White Terrier |Russia|

    The West Highland White, or Westie as it is affectionately known, has a relatively short history dating only to the end of the nineteenth century. Yet in that time, it has become a popular breed. Westies are known for their lively, affectionate nature; they are cheerful, outgoing dogs that like to be at the center of everything and will launch into an adventure with great spirit. They can be independent and occasionally stubborn, though, so they require patient training. Westies also like to bark and dig.


    The Westie was first bred for hunting aggressive prey like badger and fox in the Scottish Highlands, and will hunt any kind of vermin. By the seventeenth century, Scotland was home to a range of terrier types that developed regional differences but were all rugged and enduring. Evidence indicates that white terrier types were bred in the western Highlands and on the Isle of Skye. Colonel Edward Donald Malcolm of the Poltalloch Estate was influential in the breed’s development at the end of the nineteenth century. At first, his dogs were called Poltalloch Terriers, but he moved to change the name and established the White West Highland Terrier Club in Glasgow in 1905. In 1906 the Kennel Club changed it again to the West Highland White. The first Westies arrived in the United States in 1907 but were called Roseneath Terriers. In 1909 the American Kennel Club adopted the name, West Highland White.

    Westies are born with droopy ears that gradually become pricked by about three months, or in some cases, a little later.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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