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- General Appearance
- The West Highland White
Terrier is a small, game, well-balanced hardy looking
terrier, exhibiting good showmanship, possessed with no
small amount of self-esteem, strongly built, deep in
chest and back ribs, with a straight back and powerful
hindquarters on muscular legs, and exhibiting in marked
degree a great combination of strength and activity. The
coat is about two inches long, white in color, hard,
with plenty of soft undercoat. The dog should be neatly
presented, the longer coat on the back and sides,
trimmed to blend into the shorter neck and shoulder
coat. Considerable hair is left around the head to act
as a frame for the face to yield a typical Westie
- Size, Proportion, Substance
- The ideal size is eleven
inches at the withers for dogs and ten inches for
bitches. A slight deviation is acceptable. The Westie is
a compact dog, with good balance and substance. The body
between the withers and the root of the tail is slightly
shorter than the height at the withers. Short-coupled
and well boned. Faults--Over or under
height limits. Fine boned.
Shaped to present a round appearance from the front. Should be
in proportion to the body.
Expression--Piercing, inquisitive, pert.
Eyes--Widely set apart, medium in size, almond shaped,
dark brown in color, deep set, sharp and intelligent. Looking
from under heavy eyebrows, they give a piercing look. Eye rims
are black. Faults--Small, full or light colored
eyes. Ears--Small, carried tightly erect, set
wide apart, on the top outer edge of the skull. They terminate
in a sharp point, and must never be cropped. The hair on the
ears is trimmed short and is smooth and velvety, free of fringe
at the tips. Black skin pigmentation is preferred. Faults--Round-pointed,
broad, large, ears set closely together, not held tightly erect,
or placed too low on the side of the head.
Skull--Broad, slightly longer than the muzzle. not flat
on top but slightly domed between the ears. It gradually tapers
to the eyes. There is a defined stop, eyebrows are heavy.
Faults--Long or narrow skull. Muzzle--Blunt,
slightly shorter than the skull, powerful and gradually tapering
to the nose, which is large and black. The jaws are level and
powerful. Lip pigment is black. Faults--Muzzle
longer than skull. Nose color other than black. Bite--The
teeth are large for the size of the dog. There must be six
incisor teeth between the canines of both lower and upper jaws.
An occasional missing premolar is acceptable. A tight scissors
bite with upper incisors slightly overlapping the lower incisors
or level mouth is equally acceptable. Faults--Teeth
defective or misaligned. Any incisors missing or several
premolars missing. Teeth overshot or undershot.
Neck, Topline, Body
Neck--Muscular and well set on sloping shoulders.
The length of neck should be in proportion to the remainder of
the dog. Faults--Neck too long or too short.
Topline--Flat and level, both standing and moving.
Faults--High rear, any deviation from above.
Body--Compact and of good substance. Ribs deep and
well arched in the upper half of rib, extending at least to the
elbows, and presenting a flattish side appearance. Back ribs of
considerable depth, and distance from last rib to upper thigh as
short as compatible with free movement of the body. Chest very
deep and extending to the elbows, with breadth in proportion to
the size of the dog. Loin short, broad and strong. Faults--Back
weak, either too long or too short. Barrel ribs, ribs above
elbows. Tail--Relatively short, with good
substance, and shaped like a carrot. When standing erect it is
never extended above the top of the skull. It is covered with
hard hair without feather, as straight as possible, carried
gaily but not curled over the back. The tail is set on high
enough so that the spine does not slope down to it. The tail is
never docked. Faults--Set too low, long, thin,
carried at half-mast, or curled over back.
Angulation, Shoulders--Shoulder blades are well
laid back and well knit at the backbone. The shoulder blade
should attach to an upper arm of moderate length, and sufficient
angle to allow for definite body overhang. Faults--Steep
or loaded shoulders. Upper arm too short or too straight.
Legs--Forelegs are muscular and well boned.
relatively short, but with sufficient length to set the dog up
so as not to be too close to the ground. The legs are reasonably
straight, and thickly covered with short hard hair. They are set
in under the shoulder blades with definite body overhang before
them. Height from elbow to withers and elbow to ground should be
approximately the same. Faults--Out at elbows.
Light bone, fiddle-front. Feet--Forefeet are
larger than the hind ones, are round, proportionate in size,
strong, thickly padded; they may properly be turned out
slightly. Dewclaws may be removed. Black pigmentation is most
desirable on pads of all feet and nails, although nails may lose
coloration in older dogs.
Angulation--Thighs are very muscular, well
angulated, not set wide apart, with hock well bent, short, and
parallel when viewed from the rear. Legs--Rear
legs are muscular and relatively short and sinewy. Faults--
Weak hocks, long hocks, lack of angulation. Cowhocks.
Feet--Hind feet are smaller than front feet, and are
thickly padded. Dewclaws may be removed.
Very important and seldom seen to perfection. Must be
double-coated. The head is shaped by plucking the hair, to
present the round appearance. The outer coat consists of
straight hard white hair, about two inches long, with shorter
coat on neck and shoulders, properly blended and trimmed to
blend shorter areas into furnishings, which are longer on
stomach and legs. The ideal coat is hard, straight and white,
but a hard straight coat which may have some wheaten tipping is
preferable to a white fluffy or soft coat. Furnishings may be
somewhat softer and longer but should never give the appearance
of fluff. Faults--Soft coat. Any silkiness or
tendency to curl. Any open or single coat, or one which is too
The color is white, as defined by the breed's name.
Faults--Any coat color other than white. Heavy wheaten
Free, straight and easy all around. It is a distinctive
gait, not stilted, but powerful, with reach and drive. In front
the leg is freely extended forward by the shoulder. When seen
from the front the legs do not move square, but tend to move
toward the center of gravity. The hind movement is free, strong
and fairly close. The hocks are freely flexed and drawn close
under the body, so that when moving off the foot the body is
thrown or pushed forward with some force. Overall ability to
move is usually best evaluated from the side, and topline
remains level. Faults--Lack of reach in front,
and/or drive behind. Stiff, stilted or too wide movement.
Alert, gay, courageous and self-reliant, but friendly.
Faults--Excess timidity or excess pugnacity.
AKC Approved December 13, 1988
Effective February 1, 1989