July 28, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
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lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed Information
The Westie averages 11” of spiffy, pure white terrier. His compact body, hard double coat and piercing expression make him every bit a terrier! Head furnishings are shaped to make the West Highland White’s face appear round from the front, and strikingly set off by dark eyes, nose and lips.


West Highland White Terrier Puppy & Breed Information


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The West Highland White Terrier originated in Scotland as a good and cunning hunter with plenty of spunk and personality.  In more modern times, he is an ideal house pet with great intelligence and a happy attitude.


West Highland White Terrier Coat, Color, Care: Westies have a short, hard, double coat which doesn’t mat but requires a occasional professional clipping and grooming to keep him looking his best.  His little beard needs daily cleaning to prevent discoloration and bacterial growth.


Westie Personality: Not at all conceited, he’s very confident and just a touch enamored of himself.  He moves with purpose and power for such a little guy but that is his personality!  Alert to everything around him, owners say the West Highland White is as mentally quick as he is physically agile.


Exercise Requirements: West Highland White Terriers have boundless energy without being hyperactive.  The Westie may chase a ball across the penthouse living room but he will thrive on regular outdoor exercise.  A fenced yard will do but this little Terrier will never turn down an exploratory hunt in the woods or barn and unwinding in play will prevent nervous habits such as chewing or licking.


Health Concerns: Basically a hardy healthy dog, Westies are prone to allergies and problems with dry skin which can escalate to infection if left untreated.  The allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects.  A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.  Hernias and liver disease is not uncommon, and joint problems can develop in overweight, out of condition dogs. 


More West Highland White Terrier photos, puppy pictures, the Official West Highland White Terrier Breed Standard, national club information, and West Highland White Terrier puppies for sale from Gold Star Breeders.
West Highland White Terrier AKC Standard
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