- The West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as the Westie, is a breed of dog with a distinctive white coat.
- This breed is not considered a lap dog, as they are very energetic and slightly restless.
- They are small but are known for their strong-willed and self-confident personality.
- Originating in Scotland, the breed was used to seek and dig out foxes and badgers.
- This breed is commonly recognized through its use as a mascot for Black & White, Cesar brand dog food, and various other logos.
- The Westie came to the United States in the early 1900s, originally called Roseneath Terrier.
- Westies generally require around thirteen hours of sleep per day.
- US owner surveys put the average lifespan of a Westie at 12 to 16 years, and some beyond that.
- They also need regular walking, although if they have access to a large yard they can exercise on their own.