The West Highland White Terrier’s ancestry possibly traces back to the reign of King James I. He was once known as the Roseneath Terrier in honor of the Duke of Argyll’s Scottish estate, where the breed originated. He is a spunky little chap with a short, compact body, level back, well developed hindquarters, and muscular, relatively short legs. His skull, which is fairly broad, is slightly domed and tapers gradually to the eyes. The dark eyes are widely set and sharp; the ears small, pointed, and carried tightly erect. His white coat is one of the breed’s most striking features.
WEIGHT: 13 20 pounds, HEIGHT: 10 11 inches, COLOR: white. GROUP: Terrier.
West Highland White Terrier Snakebite
Snakebite is not uncommon among dogs given free run in country where poisonous snakes abound. Immobilize the dog immediatelyany movement spreads the venom throughout the system. If the bite is on a limb, apply a tourniquet to the leg above the bite, that is, between the bite and the heart. Use a handkerchief, necktie, stocking, or anything of the kind that is handy.
With a razor blade or sharp knife, make two linear cuts (not crisscross incisions) over the wound to start bleeding. Don’t cut too deeply or you can sever muscles, nerves, and tendons. Squeeze out the blood. If you have brought along a snakebite suction cup, keep suctioning the wound with this. If not, suck with your mouth (provided it is not cut or injured) and spit out the blood. Apply antiseptic to the area and get the dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Carry him; do not let him walk even if he can.
Hunters who take their dogs into snake country should carry a snakebite kit of anti venom for use in an emergency. If you live or travel in a snake infested area, ask your veterinar ian about this.