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West Highland Terrier History

Westies

West Highland White Terrier

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

Originally, their coat colors ranged from black to red to cream or white. Colonel Edward Donald Malcolm, of Argyllshire, 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.

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.  He will always come and tell you how grateful YOU should be to have him in your home. A Westie will not be ignored.

Westie Rescue is an all volunteer not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting West Highland White Terriers needing rescue from neglect or abuse or assistance in finding new homes.  Each year, Westie Rescue finds homes for 100s of these little guys and girls.

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