The very popular West Highland White Terrier was originally a hunter in Scotland where their tremendous stamina, courage and agility made the Westie exceptionally suitable for the rugged Scottish terrain. The harsh double coat provided much needed protection from the climate and from injury during hunting excursions. The solid white coat ensured they were easily distinguishable from other animals which kept them safe from accidental gun fire. With a devoted, energetic nature and handsome appeal it is not a wonder the Westie has made their way into the hearts and homes of many Australian families.


The “Westie” can be described with many endearing terms, their appealing expression, cheeky and spunky ways, their confident self-esteem and determination or even their handy size, this breed truly possesses ideal housedog qualities. They possess a quality which will suit any member of the family no matter how young or old. When it comes to children, Westies are always ready for laps at the park, a romp in the yard or an energetic game of ball.


15 years and some live much longer

Grooming and care

To keep the Westie’s white coat in top condition, regular daily brushing is ideal but at a minimum twice a week is necessary to remove loose hair and keep the coat knot and tangle free. Regular clipping is also necessary with particular attention required around the feet, face and rear.


Westies require a daily walk or at least 30 minutes of play and activity a day.

Well maintained fences are essential. As a terrier the Westie loves nothing more to explore and will wander easily from a yard if an escape is possible.

Health concerns

For the latest research in breed-related problems in West Highland White Terriers visit the University of Sydney’s LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.

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