West Highland Corgi

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West Highland Corgi History

The West Highland White Terrier and West Highland Black and Tan Terrier are closely related breeds of terrier that were developed in Scotland during the mid- to late-19th century. They were originally used to hunt vermin such as rats, rabbits, foxes, otters, and badgers. The Scottish Kennel Club recognized the two different color varieties of the Westies as separate breeds in 1901. However, this was reversed in 1930, and the two varieties were combined to create the West Highland White Terrier. The AKC first officially recognized the Westie in 1996.

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West Highland Corgi Physical Characteristics

The West Highland White Terrier is a small, hardy breed of terrier that is typically between 8 and 12 inches tall at the withers and between 15 and 17 pounds. Their short, stiff, rough coat is white, with tan, brindle, or red saddle patches. They have a deep, wide head, and a flat face with dark eyes and a black nose. They have wedge-shaped ears and long legs. They are an independent, mischievous, friendly, playful breed.

Eye Colors

Blue, Brown

Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Black, Fawn, Sable, Brindle, White, Brown, Blue

Height Range

Male Height Range: 9 – 12 inches

Female Height Range: 9 – 12 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 20 – 30 lbs

Female Weight Range: 20 – 30 lbs

West Highland Corgi Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

West Highland Corgi Health Concerns

Inguinal Hernias, Addison’s Disease, Legg-Calve Perthes Disease, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Epilepsy, Craniomandibular Osteopathy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Canine Glaucoma

West Highland Corgi Temperament and Behaviour

The West Highland White Terrier, or Westie, is a loving and outgoing pet with a friendly and sociable personality. They are adaptable, and they are easy to train and eager to please. They are very active and energetic, and require plenty of exercise. They are protective of their families and are known to be aggressive towards intruders.

West Highland Corgi Activity Requirements

The West Highland Terrier, more commonly known as the Westie, is a small, sturdy dog that is known for its playful personality and sweet disposition. Westies can be independent and stubborn, but they can also be very affectionate. They like to be with their families, and they enjoy playing games and going for walks. Most Westies require about an hour of daily exercise and they should be walked on a leash. They are also prone to digging, so a fenced-in yard is a must. If you are looking for a loyal companion, the West Highland Terrier may be the dog for you. These dogs are very friendly, and they are great with families, children, and other dogs. They do have a number of health issues, so be sure that you are prepared to care for a Westie before you bring one into your home.

Miles Per Day

7 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

2 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

West Highland Corgi is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

West Highland Corgi is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

West Highland Corgi is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

West Highland Corgi is part of the Unclassified group.

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