Westies are very intelligent dogs and they can be trained quite easily. They make good loving pets for adults and older children. The life expectancy of a Westie is 15 -16 years.
The West Highland Terrier, affectionately known by owners and breeders as a “Westie” was first known as the Poltalloch Terrier. The breed originated in Poltalloch, Scotland. It was also sometimes known as the Rosehneath Terrier after the Duke of Argyll’s estate. The Westie was first shown in the United States on 1906 as the Roseneath Terrier. In 1909 the name was changed to West Highland Terrier and it has retained this name since then.
Westies are strong willed and spunky. The bright white coat, the compact little body, and their friendly outgoing personality give them away when grouped with other terriers. Although I have seen westies groomed to look like their black coated cousins the Scottish or Scottie, their coat is usually cut to have have a more rounded appearance.
Other defining characteristics are a distinctive gait, their small ears that terminate in a sharp point, and their alert, but friendly demeanor. They have eyes that are deep set, bright and dark in color. They are generally about 11 – 12 inches tall and weigh anywhere fro 13 to 20 pounds. Their tails are relatively short and according to the AKC (American Kennel Club) the tail is never docked.