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.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
AKC Video (link - https://youtu.be/naww8RGY-Zo😞
View more videos on AKC's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AmericanKennelClub
See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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Video (link - https://youtu.be/6m4ETwfJuA0):
This and other breed videos are available in full length here: www.meisterpetztv.de
This important resource includes an Illustrated Standard and several study Modules. The revised Illustrated Standard is located HERE.
Other Names for Breed:
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that mainly affects middle-aged to older dogs of terrier breeds, and most commonly the West Highland White Terrier.
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 2)
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: JTO: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/RotuPDF.ashx?R=85&T=2 Westie Foundation videos from the 2015 Seminar by Dr. Jerry Bell:
"Breeder Education: Pedigree Analysis, Genetic Diversity & Genetic Disease Control"
5. OFA: CHIC: WHWT Tests: https://www.ofa.org/recommended-tests?breed=WH
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
The WHWTC of England Health page: http://www.thewesthighlandwhiteterrierclubofengland.co.uk/health.html
Breed Watch Report 2015: whwt_graph.pdf
The WHWTCA Newsletters: https://www.westieclubamerica.com/westie-updates-news/index.html contain a wealth of information!
O’Neill, D.G., Ballantyne, Z.F., Hendricks, A. et al. West Highland White Terriers under primary veterinary care in the UK in 2016: demography, mortality and disorders. Canine Genet Epidemiol 6, 7 (2019) doi:10.1186/s40575-019-0075-2
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
UK: West Highland White Terrier Club of England: http://www.thewesthighlandwhiteterrierclubofengland.co.uk/
US: West Highland White Terrier Club of America: https://www.westieclubamerica.com/
Finland: Westiekerho ry: https://www.westiekerho.fi/
Sweden: WestieAlliansen: https://www.westiealliansen.se/