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West Highland White Terriers

Also referred to as Westies, Roseneath Terriers and Poltalloch Terriers

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height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terriers

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Average Height & Weight

The West Highland White Terrier is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 11 inches.

Weight: 15 to 21 pounds.

Females – Height: 10 inches.

Weight: 15 to 21 pounds.

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West Highland White Terrier


Typical Coloring

West Highland White Terriers are commonly white.





West Highland White Terriers are spunky, determined little dogs. They show a great deal of devotion to their owners, and they possess a lot of confidence, which sometimes crosses the line into stubbornness.




Activity Level

West Highland White Terriers have a great deal of energy but, because they are small animals, their exercise needs can be met with short daily walks or romps in the backyard.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

12 to 14 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for West Highland White Terriers include globoid cell leukodystrophy, Legg-Perthes and craniomandibular osteopathy. Copper toxicosis, cataracts and patellar luxation are less common but still occur within the breed, while deafness is seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

West Highland White Terriers have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.



West Highland White Terrier


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

With their affectionate natures, West Highland White Terriers are good family pets, but they are unfriendly toward small animals, including other small household pets. They are friendly toward other dogs as well as strangers.




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