West Highland White Terrier


West Highland White Terrier Breed Description

Appearance: 10-11" (25-28 cm) 15-22 lb (7-10 kg) Straight, harsh outercoat. Short, soft close undercoat. White.

Photo courtesy of A Perfect Gift Reg’d.


One of several short-legged terriers bred in Scotland, the West Highland White Terrier, or Westie, originated some 300 years ago. Breeders selected white puppies from their litters and crossed them together to produce an all-white terrier whose colour would distinguish him from the terrain and game. The Westie we know came from a line of white terriers bred by the Malcolm family in Poltalloch, Argyllshire. A second strain of terriers was bred by the Duke of Argyll in Roseneath. “Poltalloch Terriers” and “Roseneath Terriers” were shown together; judges favoured the Poltalloch dogs and they soon became the recognized breed type. Colonel Malcolm came up with a new descriptive name for the breed in 1907 — the West Highland White Terrier. Westies came to North America in 1906 and were recognized in 1908.


Despite his cute looks, the Westie is all terrier. He is hardy and spunky, with lots of energy and “big dog” attitude. Like most terriers, he is a good watchdog. The Westie is a quick study and loves to learn new tricks. He does very well in sports like agility and obedience.

West Highland White Terrier Breeders:

ALBA Reg’d

Top quality pups. Over 24 years breeding dogs. We pride ourselves in producing family raised Westies found in the show ring, obedience trials, agility, or on the couch! Our goal with each litter is to produce healthy, mentally sound, good‐looking puppies, hard workers but who can relax in front of the fireplace at home when the day is done! Pups come vet checked with first set of shots, dewormed, microchipped, CKC registered and lifetime of breeder support. We are members of Canadian kennel club, Canadian West Highland White Terrier club. MILTON, ON L0P1J0.

Phone: Gisela Tundis (905) 805‐1378
Website: www.albawesties.ca
Email: giselatundis@yahoo.com