About West Highland White Terrier Breed
Here you will find useful information about the breed and other details.
|Date of publication of the original valid standard||24.06.1987|
|Clasification F.C.I.||Group 3 - Terriers||Section 2 - Small sized Terriers||Without working trail|
West Highland White Terrier Breed Standard
This is the breed standard accepted and applied in all types of contests.
GENERAL APPEARANCE :Strongly built ; deep in chest and back ribs ; level back and powerful quarters on muscular legs and exhibiting in a marked degree a great combination of strength and activity.
BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT :Small, active, game, hardly, possessed of no small amount of self-esteem with a varminty appearance. Alert, gay, courageous, self-reliant but friendly.
HEAD :Distance from occiput to eyes slightly greater than length of foreface. Head thickly coated with hair and carried at right angle or less to axis of neck. Head not to be carried in extended position.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull :Slightly domed ; when handled across forehead presents a smooth contour. Tapering very slightly from skull at level of ears to eyes.
Stop :Distinct stop, formed by heavy, bony ridges immediately above and slightly overhanging eye, and slight indentation between eyes.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose :Black and fairly large, forming smooth contour with rest of muzzle. Nose not projecting forward.
Muzzle :Foreface gradually tapering from eye to muzzle. Not dished nor falling away quickly below eyes, where it is well made up.
Jaws/Teeth :Jaws strong and level. As broad between canine teeth as is consistent with varminty expression required. Teeth large for size of dog, with regular scissor bite, i. e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Eyes :Set wide apart, medium in size, not full, as dark as possible. Slightly sunk in head, sharp and intelligent, which, looking from under heavy eyebrows, imparts a piercing look. Light coloured eyes highly undesirable.
Ears :Small, erect and carried firmly, terminating in sharp point, set neither too wide nor too close. Hair short and smooth (velvety), should not be cut. Free from any fringe at top. Round-pointed, broad, large or thick ears or too heavily coated with hair most undesirable.
NECK :Sufficiently long to allow proper set on of head required, muscular and gradually thickening towards base allowing neck to merge into nicely sloping shoulders.
Loins :Broad and strong.
Chest :Deep and ribs well arched in upper half presenting a flattish side appearance. Back ribs of considerable depth and distance from last rib of quarters as short as compatible with free movement of body.
TAIL :12,5-15 cm (5 to 6 inches) long, covered with harsh hair, no
feathering, as straight as possible, carried jauntily, not gay or carried over back. A long tail undesirable, and on no account should tails be docked.