- Other names:
- Poltalloch Terrier
- Roseneath Terrier
- White Roseneath Terrier
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The West Highland White Terrier is one of several Terrier breeds hailing from Scotland; other related Scottish Terrier breeds that descended from the same ancestors include the: Scottish, Skye, Cairn, Dandie Dinmont Terriers.
The Westie, as it is affectionately called, is extremely well known and popular in the United States and United Kingdom; it is featured in many TV shows as well as advertising and print such as Cesar's dog food. Since the early 1900's it has been - and remains - one of the top popularity dog breeds in these regions; estimates show Westies have always been in the top third of all breeds in popularity.
This is not the lapdog it looks, owners of this breed MUST be capable of handling an energetic dog. They radiate a light hearted confidence and curiosity that makes them very independent, although they are loyal companions. Training is difficult and not for those without time, patience, and the ability to take control. This may not be the best choice for families with small children. You should have a fenced yard if you are considering a West Highland White Terrier. Contrary to their high maintenance looks, this breed doesn't require much regular grooming, however they will need a minimum of 15-30 minutes exercise per day. This breed has several well documented genetic health issues that should be researched and prepared for. Overall this is a happy, playful, curious breed that makes a wonderful dog for most ages.