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. 

Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.