Origins of the breed
Although many terriers are earth-coloured, some breeders preferred more conspicuous coats, so that the dogs were visible when working. According to the breed’s official history, the West Highland White Terrier was developed due to a hunting accident where Colonel Edward Malcolm of Poltalloch accidentally killed one of his Scottish terriers when out on the hunt, mistaking it for a fox.
After this, the Colonel developed a breeding programme for little white dogs, which he originally introduced as the Poltalloch Terrier. A speciality club was formed in 1905, and two years later the breed was renamed as the West Highland White Terrier and officially recognised by The Kennel Club.