White Terrier


cotland is the home of several terriers, including the Cairn Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Scottish Terrier, and West Highland White Terrier. All of these breeds share ancestry at some point in history. A Westie fancier, Colonel Edward Malcolm, is said to have had a reddish-colored dog who was shot by hunters who mistook the dog for a fox. At that point, Colonel Malcolm decided to breed white dogs who would stand out in the field.

Westies stand between 10 and 11 inches tall and weigh 15 to 20 pounds. This is a compact dog, with medium-sized, dark brown eyes and small, erect ears. The body is slightly shorter than the dog is tall at the shoulders. The tail is short. The undercoat is soft, while the outer coat consists of hard, straight, white hairs. The face is framed by the coat to present a round appearance.

The coat should be brushed a couple of times each week to keep it neat and clean. Show dogs must be presented in a specific way, with the coat hand-stripped (or plucked). Pet owners usually have the dog clipped every four to six weeks. Potential owners should discuss coat care with a breeder.

Westies are active dogs who enjoy long, brisk walks and a chance to play in the yard. They can be great at amusing themselves with toys, but when bored can be destructive chewers or dig amazingly large holes. All exercise should be on leash or within a fenced-in yard.

Westies are easily trained when the owner has figured out what motivates the individual dog. Although not stubborn, Westies can be independent.

A Westie may be too much terrier for a first-time dog owner. They can be good with children but will not tolerate rough play and are too easily stimulated to be a part of a large group of kids playing. Male Westies can be aggressive toward other male dogs. Most Westies should not be trusted with other small pets. Health concerns include eye problems, deafness, copper toxicosis, and Legg-Perthe's disease.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Vermin hunter, companion Size: 10 to 11 in tall; 15 to 20 lbs

Longevity: 13 to 15 years Exercise: Moderate Training: Moderate Grooming: Difficult

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he Whippet originated in England. Greyhounds were crossed with the Italian Greyhound and a long-legged terrier, as well as a few other now-unknown breeds. The Whippet was the working man's Greyhound, smaller and easier to feed, yet able to hunt and provide food for the table. When the working day was over, Whippets also provided entertainment and sport, as the dogs' owners would race them.

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The Whippet may be smaller than the Greyhound but is a true sighthound, able to run thirty-five miles an hour. Whippets stand 18 to 22 inches tall and weigh 20 to 30 pounds. The head is long and lean, eyes are large and dark, and ears small, fine, and rose-shaped. The body is equally long or just slightly longer than the dog is tall. The chest is deep, the back strong, and the tail is is

long. The coat is short and close, and any coat color is acceptable, including solid colors, patches of color, and brindle. The coat needs only weekly brushing.

In the house, adult Whippets are quiet and calm, but once outside—look out! Whippets love to run and are capable of great speed. They should get a chance to run safely in a fenced-in area at least once a day. Young Whippets who do not get enough exercise can be amazingly destructive. Whippets enjoy several canine sports, including lure coursing, flyball, and therapy dog work.

Whippets need gentle training, as the breed can be sensitive. Socialization is also a good idea, as undersocialized Whippets can be shy or fearful.

When Whippets love their people, they do so with all their hearts, so they need an owner who wishes to be worshipped. These are not backyard dogs because they need to be with their owners and may also suffer when left outside in cold weather. Whippets are good with children, but may inadvertently knock over toddlers. They are also good with other dogs. Whippets may, however, chase running cats (with drastic consequences), so care should be taken with smaller pets. The primary health concern is eye defects.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Hunter, sighthound Size: 18 to 22 in tall; 20 to 30 lbs

Longevity: 12 to 15 years Exercise: Daily run Training: Socialization important Grooming: Easy

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