Origin: United Kingdom (Scotland)
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-16 years
Weight: Male: 4.5-5, Female: 4.5-5
Height: Male: 10-11, Female: 9-10
Origin of Name: The West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as the Westie, is a breed of dog from Scotland.
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Long ago the nobles, landlords and poor peasants of the British Isles faced the same problem: infection of rodents who looted grain stocks and spread disease. The solution was the development of a vast array of terriers called EarthDogs, which specializes in finding and sending mice.
It is believed that Scottish terriers — including the Westy, Cairn, Sky, Scottish, and Dandy Dinmont terriers — are all branches of the same family tree. The precursors of Vesti's precursors are, in the poetic terms of a historian, ""wrapped within the mist of the Scottish hills"".
The breed we know today as the West Highland White Terrier comes into historical focus in the 1700s, when the Malcolm clan began breeding small white destroyers on their property called Poltaloch. She was reared and maintained there for over 100 years before her appearance on the Dog Show. It is possible that the lineage of Malcolm Dogs dates back to the time of King James I, who asked for some ""earth-dogs"" from Argilshire. The breed was sometimes referred to as the Poltalloch Terrier; An alternate name was Rosaneth Terrier, named for another Scottish estate where early breeding was done.
By 1896, when the breed was first featured on the Scottish Dog Show, it was known as the West Highland White Terrier, referring to the northwestern part of Scotland, where the Westies earned their fame. The Westies were first shown on the AKC show in 1906. Entertaining, adventurous and portable, the Vesti has been a popular Companion Dog in the US for over a hundred years. Jussie Couture and Black and White Scotch Whiskey are two brands that have used Vesti's delightful image to attract customers.