Westies (Who and What are they?)

These short-legged terriers of Scotland are now one of the most recognized of Scottish dogs. All terriers undoubtedly descend from the same roots. Westies are valued as intrepid hunters of small game. They will keep you and your home safe from Squirrels, Chipmunks, and the UPS man.

West Highland White Terrier

Originally, their coat colors ranged from black to red to cream or white. Colonel Edward Donald Malcolm, of Argyll shire, Scotland, is generally credited with breeding the white dogs.  He had kept a pack of light colored working terriers for hunting. As the legend goes, a reddish dog of his, emerging from cover, was mistakenly shot for a fox. Malcolm is said to have decided on the spot to breed only white dogs that could be readily identified in the field.

Officially recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1908

The Westie today makes a GREAT pet for the home owner and the apartment dweller alike. With his easy manner, air of self importance and a ready-to-go attitude the Westie is a bundle of pleasure.  They will always come and tell you how grateful YOU should be to have him in your home. Above all, a Westie will not be ignored.

Westie Rescue of the Mid-Atlantic States is an all volunteer not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting West Highland White Terriers needing rescue from neglect, abuse, or assistance in finding new homes.  Each year, Westie Rescue finds homes for 60-80 of these little guys and girls here in our area..

 More info visit:

Stephen Di Giulian


Westie Rescue

PO Box 342

Dunn Loring, VA  22027


2 thoughts on “Westies (Who and What are they?)

  1. I just lost my Molly to Cancer. I told my self “no more Dogs in this house” I am now looking for Another westi I know she can’t replace my Molly but I love the addition just as much. Richard

  2. I recently had to euthanize my Sparky and would love to find another little man or lady who needed a loving home. Sparky actually rescued me in North Carolina and only knew Spanish and I had to teach him English. Best friend I ve ever had.

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