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Famous West Highland White Terriers

October 23, 2010 on 5:42 pm | In West Highland White Terrier | No Comments

Famous West Highland White Terriers

With a friendly temperament, high energy disposition, and beautiful white coat, it is no surprise that the West Highland White Terrier has become the most popular terrier in the world. Their handsome good looks and excellent temperaments have allowed Westies to become famous actors on television and in films, and become models for various applications, characters in books and cartoon representations. For your enjoyment, below are some of the most famous West Highland White Terriers, America’s favorite Terrier.

The name of the charming Westie that appears on the label of Australia’s My Dog brand of dog food is Imelda.

A Westie with black ear tips played in a feature film based on the French cartoon character Axterix, as the pet dog of Axterix’s friend, Obelix. In the film, he was called Dogmatrix, or Idefix in the original French version.

The pet of the Souphanousinphone family on the animated series King of the Hill is played by a West Highland White Terrier named Doggy.

An acting dog, Happy, who had been abused by her first owner, found a part on the television show 7th Heaven. After being rescued from the animal shelter, it was necessary for Happy to make friends with adult actors before the filming began. She appeared on the show for eleven seasons,

The main character in a series of illustrated books created by Rosemary Wells and illustrated by Susan Jeffers is a West Highland White Terrier named McDuff.

Hamish Macbeth is a fictional police officer in a popular series of books written by M. C. Beaton. Macbeth is often accompanied by his Westie, Wee Jock. The series was later adapted into a popular television show for BBC that ran for three seasons.

The mascot and poster dog for the Cesar brand of dog food is Cesar in the United States. In Canada, a different Westie, Maggie, appears on the containers and commercials.

American author and recipient of the Caldecott Honor, David Shannon, wrote a children’s book titled “Good Boy, Fergus!” in which the title character is a Westie.

Agatha Gregson owned a West Highland White Terrier named Macintosh in the celebrated series Jeeves and Wooster, by P.D. Wodehouse.

“Greyfriars Bobby,” by Eleanor Atkinson, depicts an embellished true story of a Skye Terrier who spent the better part of his life sitting on his master’s grave, to whom he was deeply devoted. In a later film, produced in 2006, called “The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby,” the dog, Bobby, was portrayed by a West Highland White Terrier.

The Westie that appears in the American Girl series of books and dolls is named Coconut.

House, a currently produced television series, boasts a Westie named Hector, who lives with Wilson, one of the main characters of the show.

As you can see, Westies are famous world wide. If you are interested in purchasing a Westie for you household, make sure to do plenty of research and know exactly what type of dog you are getting. While Westies are well mannered and intelligent, there may be certain traits you might not like. It’s also important to do plenty of research into your breeder of choice. Make sure your breeder is ethical and properly screens their puppies.

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West Highland White Terrier Puppy And Dog Information

October 13, 2010 on 7:09 pm | In West Highland White Terrier | No Comments

West Highland White Terrier Puppy And Dog Information

The West Highland White Terrier is a hardy, happy little terrier that love the companionship of people. They are very good looking and make good watch dogs. They can get along with other pets, especially if socialized when young. They have been known to chase cats as a sport. They are generally very good with children. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.

*Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male is 10 to 12 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 15 to 22 pounds. The female ranges from 9 to 11 inches to the withers and 13 to 16 pounds.

*Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the West Highland White Terrier is no exception. Be on the look out for skin allergies, progressive neurological disorders and tear duct problems. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.

*Grooming. They have a double coat. The inner coat is soft and fluffy. The outer coat is white, straight and hard hair. This is a breed that needs to be professionally groomed regularly. She should also be brushed regularly. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, avoid mats, help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet.

*Life Span. The West Highland White Terrier can live around 15 or more years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.

*History. The West Highland White Terrier comes from Scotland where they were raised to hunt vermin. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1908.

Some Registries:

* West Highland White Terrier Club of America

*UKC United Kennel Club

*NKC National Kennel Club

*CKC Continental Kennel Club

*APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc.

*AKC American Kennel Club

*FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale

*NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club

*KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain

*ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club

*ACR = American Canine Registry

Litter Size: 2 to 5 West Highland White Terrier puppies

Category: Terrier

Terms To Describe: Alert, friendly, reliable, happy, balanced, hardy, self-esteem, strength, affectionate


Makes a good watch dog.

Sheds almost no hair.


Makes a poor guard dog.

They may dig.

They may bark plenty.

*Other Names Known By: Toseneath Terrier, Poltalloch Terrier

*Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.

Mitch Endick is a short article writer, editor and website developer for the popular pet site is a pet information site with free pet ads, dog classifieds, and puppy for sale info also offers information on cats, fish, reptiles, birds, ferrets, rabbits, mice and even pet bugs.

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The West Highland White Terrier

September 13, 2010 on 10:14 pm | In West Highland White Terrier | 25 Comments

The West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier, known also as the “Westie” is a hardy little terrier.  These dogs are known for their distinctive white coats.  Westies are friendly, have a strong-willed personality and are very devoted.


The West Highland White Terrier originates from Scotland.  They were originally bred for controlling the population of otter and rats among other vermin.


This dog is spunky, hardy and compact.  He has a low shedding, tow inch white coat with a soft undercoat and of a hard straight and wiry outercoat.  His ears are small, erect and pointed with eyes that are dark, bright and deep-set with a penetrating gaze.  The tail is 5-6″ long, with a deep chest, muscular limbs and have a round appearance from the front.


Westies weight 13-16 pounds for females and 15-20 for males, 9-11 inches tall and their life span is 15 years.


The West Highland Terrier loves human companionship and is fun loving.  Westies never have met a stranger – he is very friendly.  They are an excellent dog for older children – ten or above.

These dogs are friendly, cocky, playful, loving but also intelligent and well-behaved.  They make good watchdogs and travel easily. 


These dogs are considered on of the most affectionate of all the terriers.  They love companionship and to be in the middle of everything.  They are a bundle of energy but also will ride in your car or sit by you just to be in your company.


They are an independent dog with a stubborn streak and they do like to bark.  Westies are best with someone who is not gone all day.


White Highland Terriers learn quickly and do well in obedience training.  The training, however, should be challenging and fun.  You need to reinforce good behavior with petting and treats.  Remember, to take into account that Westies are playful and energetic which can make training a challenge.


The Westie needs activity since he is a high-energy dog so walks, playing in the park romping in the yard or doggy day care are needed.



His coat is fairly easy to groom, just brush regularly with a stiff bristle brush. They also need a good grooming every two months by clipping for hand stripping.  Wash inside of his ears weekly with cotton balls.  If water get in his ears extract to prevent infections.  Bathe as little as possible so their skin does not dry out.


They are in general a healthy dog but like all pure breeds they are prone to certain diseases:  skin problems, Legg Perthes diseases (hip), inflammation of jawbones, liver diseases, hernias and plumonary fibrosis.


Finally, owners have said that having a West Highland Terrier is different than having other breeds of dogs that they require more attentions and care.  So do your homework if you are interested in getting a fun-loving Westie.





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