West Highland White Terrier
FCI-Standard N°85 / 20.
01. 1998 / GB
ORIGIN : Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD
UTILIZATION : Terrier.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.