West Highland White Terrier


West Highland White Terrier


West Highland White Terrier profile

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Lifespan: 11-15 Years

Avg height: 25-28cm

Avg weight: 7-10kg

Coat type: Wiry, harsh, double coat with a softer undercoat

Coat colours: White

Originally bred for: Hunting vermin, badger and foxes

Breed traits: Hardy, intelligent, courageous, friendly, active


A little about West Highland White Terriers

The West Highland White Terrier is a feisty and friendly Terrier with a big personality. It enjoys playing, regular walks and interaction with family, but its hunting instincts mean it can be less friendly towards small animals.  Overall it is a busy, curious, and affectionate breed, who can make excellent companions.



One of the West Highland White Terriers most common health concerns is skin issues, with a high incidence of allergies and atopic dermatitis. Also reported are inherited genetic neurological diseases such as; Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy and 'White Dog Shaker Syndrome" and bone disorders like Legg-Perthes and Craniomandibular Osteopathy. Occasionally they can develop deafness, patellar luxation, cataracts and keratoconjunctivitis sicca.