Character sketch of the West Highland White Terriėr:


The West Highland Terriėr, also called just a Westie, is very popular, but do not be misled by its cuddly appearance. They have a real terriėr character.
They were originally bred to kill harmful wild animals such as badgers, foxes and rats under the ground or to drive them out so that the hunter could kill them.

The Westie is attentive, lively, alert, watchful, obstinate but friendly, eager to learn, devoted, cheerful, playful, courageous but not aggressive, and full of self confidence so that it will accept every challenge.
This last characteristic can be a nuisance when letting the dog out in a park with lots of other dogs. The Westie can interpret growling at a stick, a raised tail or any other challenging behaviour from any dog, regardless of size, as a challenge.
Puppy training and obedience courses give the Westie (and any other breed) a good opportunity to learn to get on with other dogs and to learn the basics of obedience.
At home and on walks the Westie is a jolly playmate that is afraid of nothing and goes out cheerfully to meet the world.
They usually get on well with children and are faithful to their owner.
Those who keep cats, rabbits or chickens have to put a lot of effort and perseverance into getting their dog used to them.

Character sketch of the Scottish Terriër:


The Scottish Terriėr is one of the oldest terriėr breeds.
The Scottie was used in Scottish Highlands for hunting badgers, foxes and other small vermin.
The original sandy or brindle colour gave way to black and gradually this became the best known appearance of the Scottie, certainly helped by the advertisements for Black & White whisky!

A Scottie is a stalwart dog, fearless but reserved, but not everyman’s friend and unreservedly loyal to its owner.
A Scottie will often try to avoid looking you in the eye and does not like it if you look directly at him.
If they are used to children they can make excellent playmates and often like to run after a stick or a ball.
But they are very sensitive to a reprimand and very aware when they have done something wrong. Lots of walks or sleeping all day, the Scottie adapts himself and does not complain.
The Scottie should radiate alertness and should never show fear.

The appearance of the Scottie is very striking, due to its characteristic build that is emphasized by the trimming.
The aim is for a long head and short legs.
The Scottie is a small type that is small enough to get into a hole after its prey but big enough to stand up to a badger or a fox.
The tail is carried straight up or slightly curved over the back.
A long harsh top coat and an undercoat gives the Scottie a watertight jacket.
A Scottie may be any colour apart from pure white.
The commonest colours are of course black, followed by grey brindled, brown brindled or sometimes wheaten colour.