Breed Information Centre

West Highland White Terrier


Illustration of West Highland White Terrier

One of the most popular of the terrier breeds, the West Highland White has a cheerful, outgoing personality. He makes an ideal companion and playmate for youngsters as he is full of fun and virtually tireless. He is always ready for a walk come snow or shine, and is small enough to pick up and take anywhere. The right size for house or flat, he really is an all-purpose pet.

His harsh coat requires regular brushing and combing and it is as well to have him professionally trimmed two or three times a year if you wish him to keep his smart appearance.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Terrier Breed Group

Dogs originally bred and used for hunting vermin. 'Terrier' comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth. This hardy collection of dogs were selectively bred to be extremely brave and tough, and to pursue fox, badger, rat and otter (to name but a few) above and below ground. Dogs of terrier type have been known here since ancient times, and as early as the Middle Ages, these game breeds were portrayed by writers and painters.

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