Dog Breeds Gallery

We've brought together dog breeds from all over the world including Australia so you can learn more about their history, habits, personalities, and unique abilities. The more you know about dogs, the more you love them. Browse the dog breeds list below to read more about your dream dog.

West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
The West Highland White Terrier or "Westie" as they are affectionately known, is a member of the small group of Scottish National Breeds that includes the Scottish Terrier and also the Cairn, from which the Westie originated. Until the early 19th century Terriers tended to be dark in colour and it was not uncommon for hunters to mistake a brown terrier for a fox and shoot it by mistake.

So the lightest coloured puppies of future litters were then kept in a bid to avoid these shooting accidents. These white terriers were then used to control vermin, including foxes and hares. They became known as the West Highland White Terrier in the first part of the 20th century.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN

Westies generally live to 15 years of age, however older dogs are not unusual.

BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT

Westies possess the classic terrier temperament; they are active, alert, game and full of self-importance. It does need pampering, and this hardy breed enjoys scampering about in all weather types and will follow its owners just about anywhere. They are extremely faithful, but do have a stubborn streak and so early training is essential.

Barking is a natural behaviour for Terrier Breeds and the Westie is no exception.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS

The Westie is not an aggressive dog, but being a terrier will always be prepared to "stand its ground". They were bred to hunt in packs and as such usually run happily with other dogs that show no aggression towards them. Westies also live happily with other pets especially when introduced as a puppy.

CARE REQUIREMENTS

This is a no wash-and-wear dog. Show dogs are trimmed by hand, plucking the coat with finger and thumb. Westies need to be trimmed at regular intervals (usually every three to four months) to remain presentable. Owners must keep up the combing and brushing, preferably daily. This brushing removes any dead hair and helps keep the coat clean.

Please take note:
Unlike most other breeds, Westies do not moult in the normal way - they do not shed hair and therefore some asthma sufferers are able to live with a Westie when they have been unable to tolerate other breeds.

As the Westie was bred to be an earth dog, it can be a great digger if not taught at an early age that they must not dig in your favourite flower bed.

IDEAL OWNERS

The Westie makes an ideal family pet as they are a great lover of human company. The Westie has a built-in sense of fun and adventure and enjoys exercise, whether it be a long country hike or a short trot around the block. They are extremely good with children and make an ideal companion for any individual.

IN CONCLUSION

If you have decided that the West Highland White Terrier is the dog for you and you realise that it needs strong discipline to keep it safe and happy, contact one of the groups listed below:


Recommended Breeders

Breeder Name Kennel State
Christine Moore Dassin QLD Contact
Cathy Kuchel Bobbinray SA Contact
Fiona Mackness Aonais SA Contact
Lyn Baile Kiatasee WA Contact
Pam Gerrey Tawnyoak NSW Contact
Jennifer Baxter Whitehiland NSW Contact
Lorraine Cloake Dombrit NSW Contact
Gabriella Monagle Whiteheather NSW Contact
Connie Chan Ailton QLD Contact
Louise Suel Waioni QLD Contact
Shirley/ Adam Daley Shenmont TAS Contact
Tim and Tennille Hughes Timmentee QLD Contact
Andrew Foster-Johnson Daboda SA Contact
christine bowers westland QLD Contact
carolyn minter westieblu QLD Contact
Megan Perkins Tochinver QLD Contact
Ann Isijanovski mistymornin QLD Contact
Barbara Gregor gregalach VIC Contact
jack wallace Moffattlad NSW Contact
Stewart Edmonds Aulda QLD Contact
Maggie Clarke Romadore SA Contact
jan wallace moffattlad NSW Contact
Shirley Daley shenmont TAS Contact
JEANETTE BROMLEY BALHARRIE VIC Contact
esme sharpe esdengold QLD Contact
Tracey Boughen Weelochleven QLD Contact
Kim Pearce Wattleglen VIC Contact
Andrew Foster-Johnson Daboda SA Contact
Tennille Hughes Timmentee QLD Contact
Donna Rankin Donarsgold QLD Contact
Esme Sharpe ESDENGOLD QLD Contact
Rhonda Weber Tarrilli TAS Contact
Teresa Messenger Bokuju VIC Contact
Julie Campbell Baewestie VIC Contact
Robyn verhaaf westbronty VIC Contact
jan wallace Moffattlad NSW Contact
leanne Van Engelen Fluffikins QLD Contact
Milada Falcnik WESTIEGEM QLD Contact
Laura Mulholland Mullywhites QLD Contact


*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.


Canine Clubs

  • Australian Capital Territory:
    Dogs ACT
    (ACT Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 815
    Dickson, ACT 2602
    Tel: 02 6241 4404
    Fax: 02 6241 1129
    Website: www.dogsact.org.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • New South Wales:
    Dogs NSW
    (Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
    PO Box 632
    St Marys, NSW 1790
    Tel: 02 9834 3022
    Fax: 02 9834 3872
    Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
    (Details current as of 10/10/2013)
  • Northern Terrority:
    Dogs NT
    (North Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 37521
    Winnellie, NT 0821
    Tel: 08 8984 3570
    Fax: 08 8984 3409
    Website: www.dogsnt.com.au/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Queensland:
    Dogs Queensland
    (Canine Control Council (Queensland))
    PO Box 495
    Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
    Tel: 07 3252 2661
    Fax: 07 3252 3864
    Website: www.cccq.org.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • South Australia:
    Dogs SA
    (South Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 844
    Prospect East, SA 5082
    Tel: 08 8349 4797
    Fax: 08 8262 5751
    Website: www.dogssa.com.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Tasmania:
    Dogs Tasmania
    (Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
    The Rothman Building
    PO Box 116
    Glenorchy, Tas 7010
    Tel: 03 6272 9443
    Fax: 03 6273 0844
    Website: www.tasdogs.com/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Victoria:
    Dogs Victoria
    (Victorian Canine Association)
    Locked Bag K9
    Cranbourne, Vic 3977
    Tel: 03 9788 2500
    Fax: 03 9788 2599
    Website: www.dogsvictoria.org.au/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Western Australia:
    Dogs West
    (Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
    Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
    Southern River, WA, 6110
    Tel: 08 9455 1188
    Fax: 08 9455 1190
    Website: www.dogswest.com
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)