West Highland White Terrier


The West Highland White Terrier is a small breed with a very distinct appearance. Its head, which is covered with or profuse amount of fur, is well proportioned. Its face features a short muzzle and a large nose that is black in color. Somewhat obscured by its coat, the breed’s neck is well defined and transitions to its back that is very straight. It has a chest that is very deep. The tail on this breed is medium in length and carried erect. The breed’s hind legs are well muscled and angular in position. The front legs, like the back legs are shorter than average and straight. The coat of this breed is very straight.


The West Highland White Terrier is a very expressive and happy breed. It is friendly with everyone. However, it may terrorize small pets in its home by chasing them. The breed will show displeasure if teased, so it does best with older children. This breed loves games and is highly responsive to training. It loves spending time with its family and will stay close to them as much as possible.

Height and Weight

Male height: 10-12 inches Male weight: 15-22 pounds Female height: 9-11 inches Female weight: 13-16 pounds

Health Problems

The West Highland White Terrier is generally a healthy breed. The most common health conditions that are seen occasionally include liver disease and Perthe’s disease.

Ideal Living Conditions

The West Highland White Terrrier is a breed that can live in just about any environment. It can reside outdoors or indoors, but most types are kept indoors.


The West Highland White Terrier is an energetic breed that gets most of its exercise on its own. When exercising this breed, only moderate physical activity is necessary.

Life Expectancy

The West Highland White Terrier has an average life expectancy of 15 years.

Litter Size

The West Highland White Terrier has an average litter size of 6-10 puppies.


Grooming is not labor-intensive for the West Highland White Terrier. Its coat is smooth and not too long. Brushing the coat regularly will keep it in good shape. The breed’s signature collar is best kept with regular trimmings from a professional groomer.


There are many thoughts on the origin of the West Highland White Terier.




White is the only acceptable color for the West Highland White Terrier.