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West Highland Terrier, most commonly known as Westie, is a breed of medium-sized terrier from Scotland. Aside from its cute face, Westies are lively, smart, independent, and clever hunters as well. It has been seen in a lot of advertisements, especially for dog supplies, using the breed as model or mascot.
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Key Facts & Information
- West Highland White Terriers are in the same breeding family with that of the Dandie Dinmont, Skye, Scottish, and Cairn Terriers.
- Westies were used for hunting foxes, badgers, otters, and rats.
- They were ratters at first, bred in Northwestern Scotland where they used to clear out mines, farms, and barns of rats.
- The breed can be traced back to the 17th century coming from a small breed of earth dogs given to the king of France.
- Its white color is said to have come from the tragic incident from the 19th century when a colonel accidentally killed his own Cairn mistaken to be a fox.
- Because of this, he became determined to breed dogs with only white color so that it would not be confused with foxes.
- Their white fur makes them easier to spot in the fields.
- They have sometimes been called a Poltalloch Terrier and a Roseneath Terrier.
- They were formally acknowledged by the Kennel Club of England in 1906. The word terrier came from the Latin word ‘terra’ which means earth.
- A West Highland Terrier weighs 13 to 20 pounds and stands 10 to 11 inches tall.
- Their coat color is white.
- They have a medium-length coat.
- The top coat is stiff and dry, while its undercoat is thick, soft, and silky.
- Westies have a deep chest and a rectangular-shape body, and short legs.
- They have carrot-shaped tails.
- They have bright, deep-set, almond-shaped eyes, that are dark in color.
- Their ears are pointed and erect.
- They have sensitive ears and it is recommended to use sunscreen if they are spending time under the sun.
- Westies are believed to have thick and sturdy tails because they used to catch rodents before.
- Their thick tails were used so that they can easily be pulled out of holes.
- Their jaw is tight and close-fitted – the desired jaw for hunting rodents.
- They have bullet-shaped bodies and thinner, heart-shaped thoraxes to help make their way through underground caverns.
- Their body build makes them able to squeeze through small and narrow places.
- They can live for 15 to 20 years.
- The West Highland Terrier is a bold, confident, and intelligent dog.
- Westies are bred for active working duty around Scottish farms so they need to have regular exercise and physical activities to stay healthy.
- They are little dogs determined to go after foxes or badgers.
- They are simple and easy to please.
- Westies are a happy and loving dog that gets along with everyone, but they are not that suitable for children below seven years old because they tend to snap when irritated.
- Being a descendant of earth dogs, they have retained their inquisitive and investigative traits.
- They bark and dig holes a lot.
- They are best kept indoors because they tend to keep moving and running.
- They chase small animals in sight, especially rabbits.
- With its usual terrier temperament, Westies are not always good with other dogs and can be dangerous around other small house pets.
- They are one of the short-legged breed of terriers, but are quick and agile.
- They compete in earth dog trials and competitions.
- Westies are ranked 47th in Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence Dogs.
- Vermin chasing cannot be altered when it comes to Westies.
- Although they can get used to cats, they can’t adapt to other small pets such as rabbits and birds because of their strong prey drive.
- It takes time and effort to train them into being a house pet.
- They are destructive when their owners are not home.
- A health condition named “Westie jaw” occurs in young westies that causes an overgrowth of bone in the jaw of the dog.
- The ‘spokesdog’ of the dog food brand Cesar is a West Highland Terrier.
- It has appeared on several product labels and television commercials.
- Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who is the founder of Pakistan owned a Westie.
- JK Rowling and John Green, both award-winning and best selling authors, each own a West Highland Terrier.
- Black and White whiskey used Scottish Terriers and Westies in their advertisements.
- There are still Westies who compete in earth dog trials and many still dig holes for miles in backyards.
- Westies are very popular in the United Kingdom and are at the third spot of all breeds in the United States.
West Highland Terrier Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about West Highland Terrier across 23 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use West Highland Terrier worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the West Highland Terrier, most commonly known as Westie, which is a breed of medium-sized terrier from Scotland. Aside from its cute face, Westies are lively, smart, independent, and clever hunters as well. It has been seen in a lot of advertisements, especially for dog supplies, using the breed as model or mascot.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- West Highland Terrier Facts
- History Blanks
- Westie in Words
- Terrier Family Hunt
- Paws or False
- Who, What, How?
- Decode Descriptions
- What’s a Terrier?
- International Fame
- The Perfect Home
- Westie Appreciation
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