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:
UK KC Clubs: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/findaclub/breed/list.aspx?id=3082
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
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
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:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database. http://www.dogwellnet.com/content/health-and-breeding/screening-tests/dna/dna-tests-for-use-in-breeding-decisions/the-kennel-club-breed-specific-dna-tests-upd-r234
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.
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.
US: West Highland White Terrier Club of America: https://www.westieclubamerica.com/