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FCI-Standard N°85 / 20. 01. 1998  / GB
WEST HIGHLAND WHITE TERRIER
 
ORIGIN : Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 24.06.1987.
UTILIZATION : Terrier.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 3    Terriers.
Section 2    Small sized Terriers.
Without working trial
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.
BODY : Compact
Back : Level.
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.
LIMBS
FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs short and muscular, straight and thickly covered with short, hard
hair.
Shoulders : Sloping backwards.  Shoulder-blades broad and lying close to chest wall.  Shoulder
joint placed forward.
Elbows : Well in, allowing foreleg to move freely, parallel to axis of body.
HINDQUARTERS : Strong, muscular and wide across top.  Legs short, muscular and sinewy.
Thighs : Very muscular and not too wide apart.
Hocks : Bent and well set in under body so as to be fairly close to each other when standing or
moving.  Straight or weak hocks most undesirable.
FEET : Forefeet larger than hind, round, proportionate in size, strong, thickly padded and covered
with short harsh hair.  Hindfeet are smaller and thickly padded.  Under surface of pads and all
nails preferably black.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Free, straight and easy all round.  In front, legs freely extended forward
from shoulder.  Hind movement free, strong and close.  Stifle and hocks well flexed and hocks
drawn under body giving drive.  Stiff, stilted movement behind and cowhocks highly undesirable.
COAT
HAIR : Double coated.  Outer coat consists of harsh hair, about 5 cm (2 ins) long, free from any
curl.  Undercoat, which resembles fur, short, soft and close.  Open coats most undesirable.
COLOUR : White.
SIZE :
Height at withers approximately 28 cm (11 ins).
FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the
seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree
and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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