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West Highland White Terrier

Brave and independent, but affectionate all the same, these little white dogs are the most admired of the Scottish terriers.

About the West Highland White Terrier

Small, active and hardy, West Highland White Terriers have a healthy dose of confidence, with a mischievous look. Undoubtably a terrier, these dogs are independent thinkers, but their loyalty and intelligence have made them a popular addition to many families.

West Highland White Terriers are solidly built little dogs, expressing magnificent strength and activity. These are true working terriers, bred for ratting, who are never happier than when they are given a job.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
United Kingdom
Group
FCI Group 3, AKC Terrier Group
Size category
Small
Avg life expectancy
12–14 years

Lively / Playful / Resilient / Confident / Alert / Friendly / Independent

Key facts

  • Needs moderate training
  • Requires a lot of grooming
  • Yard not essential

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