West Highland White Terrier
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Country of Origin: Scotland
Height: Female: 23–28 cm, Male: 25–30 cm
Weight: Female: 6–7 kg, Male: 7–10 kg
Life Expectancy: 12 – 16 years
Temperament: Alert, Friendly, Courageous, Hardy, Active, Independent
Litter Size: 2 - 6 puppies
Health Problems: Prone to chronic hernias, liver disease Legg-Cavé-Perthes syndrome (hip problems), jawbone calcification, cherry eye and skin problems.
West Highland White Terriers were selectively bred for their colour so that they would be easily visible in the heater on Scottish moors.
This sturdy, hardy, compact little terrier has a two inch all white coat that is uncurled with a soft, dense undercoat.
They have bright, dark, deep-set eyes with a penetrating gaze.
The ears are small, pointed and erect, giving the animal an alert ready-for-anything look.
The tail is carried jauntily, is about 5-6 inches (12 - 15cm.) long and should not be docked. It has a deep chest and muscular limbs.
The Westie has a short, closely fitted jaw with scissors bite, a pronounced stop, and slightly convex skull.