West Highland White Terrier

Other names : Westie, Poltalloch Terrier, Roseneath Terrier, White Roseneath Terrier

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Life expectancy

The West Highland White Terrier has a life expectancy of between 13 and 15 years




Adult size

Female Between 11 and 11 in
Male Between 11 and 11 in

Adult weight

Female Between 15 and 22 lb
Male Between 15 and 22 lb
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Purchase price

The West Highland White Terrier costs between £560 and £785

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More details about the West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier: Origins and history

Dating as far back as the early 1600’s, the West Highland White terrier was previously known by various other names. As the dogs of Argyleshire, these small, robust hunting dogs were greatly admired. Later, in the 1800’s, they were also recognised as the Poltalloch terrier after the name of a Colonel who bred them, and then also as the Roseneath terrier after the name of the Duke of Argyll’s farm.

During the mid-19th century, a Scottish owner of a Cairn terrier bred some pure white pups which were elected to be the first, registered, West Highland White terrier breed. Legend states that the Westie was bred for his distinguishing snowy white coat, so that he was easily noticed when on the hunting field.

FCI classification of the West Highland White Terrier

  • Group 3 - Terriers

  • Section 2 : Small sized Terriers

Training a West Highland White Terrier

Although the Westie can sometimes be quite naughty, with firm and consistent training you can overcome his mischievousness. Often quite stubborn too, training can be a challenge for his owners. You will need to use reward-based training and be very consistent in your pursuits. This small dog won’t tolerate any harsh words, or you will find he might just become very stubborn and refuse to learn anything at all.

West Highland White Terrier: Purchase price

The average purchase price to buy a West Highland dog can be between £560 for a non KC registered pup to £785 for a fully KC registered dog.

Ongoing costs, to not only feed the dog, but also veterinary bills for vaccinations, boosters and annual check-ups can be costly. Add in the premiums for pet insurance, and the monthly costs to own and keep a Westie will be around £50 to £70. Taking into account that although a small dog, he can live to up to 15 years old, the total costs can be quite expensive.

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