WHAT IS A WESTIE?
The West Highland White Terrier originates from the high
country of Scotland. Bred to hunt fox, rats and vermin, this
hardy, energetic terrier is highly intelligent and active.
The American Kennel Club describes the breed as: "The West Highland
White Terrier is a small, game, well-balanced hardy looking terrier,
exhibiting good showmanship, possessed with no small amount of
self-esteem, strongly built, deep in chest and back ribs, with a straight
back and powerful hindquarters on muscular legs, and exhibiting in marked
degree a great combination of strength and activity. The coat is about
two inches long, white in color, hard, with plenty of soft undercoat. "
Each year, the Westminster Kennel Club notes: "Possessed with
no small amount of self-esteem, the West Highland White of Scotland for the hard and dangerous work of destroying vermin. Though independent in nature, they enjoy participating in Conformation, Agility, Obedience, Rally Obedience, Freestyle, Flyball and Tracking, but their favorite activities are Barn Hunt Trials and Earthdog Tests --designed to test their natural instincts. Life with one of the 'little white dogs' is never dull and can be a challenge to the unsuspecting first-time owner.”
To those of us who love this breed, we just revel in their spunkiness and ability to always make us smile.
They are more than dogs, they are a part of our family.