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West Highland White Terrier Information & History
The West Highland Terrier–also known as a Westie–originated in Scotland as a hunting dog for smaller game. They come from a long line of Terriers bred to hunt foxes, badgers, and vermin (especially because of their size and agility). While there’s a lot of debate around the topic of their exact lineage, a popular idea is that they originated in the 1600’s when the king of France received a litter of ‘earth dogs’ as a gift.
Although this could be entirely untrue, part of their back story comes from a (myth?) West Highland White Terrier Information & History. British soldier that accidently killed his West Highland Terrier in a hunt. The reason why this is important is it’s said after the tragedy, he decided to streamline the breed and produce only white canines in so that they’re easily visible in contrast to their environments.
With such a variety of breeds before the West Highland Terrier, it took a plethora of different names. However, it was first recognized specifically as the West Highland Terrier in England at the start of the 20th century. In 1908, a couple years after England recognized the breed, America followed suit and the AKC induced the canine as its own breed.
West Highland White Terrier Personality & Temperament
The White Highland Terrier temperament is affable by nature, and simply doesn’t fall victim to little dog syndrome (as many Terrier’s do). Their affinities and desires are simple, often completely satisfied in the home of those they love or with a toy they can toss around. With impressive intelligence for a smaller dog, the West Highland White Terrier behavior is dignified (not too a fault, however), confident, and have a lust for mischievousness.
Although a huge lover for attention and being integrated deep into the family, they can be not-so-cuddly. West Highland White Terrier Information & History. These spunky little canines will rise to the call of an adventure in a split second, often mobilizing at the sound of your keys or keywords they know that have something to do with the outdoors.
This is one of those breeds that have a pretty striking difference in sexes. The Males–while docile by nature and intelligent enough to pick up training–are a bit more stubborn in their housebreaking. They’re also spunkier, tend to bark more, and can feel threatened in the presence of other males. The females are usually calmer, even more docile, and have slightly better temperaments (generally speaking, as this has to do with a lot of variables).
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