The Weeranian is a relatively new hybrid breed. While there is a little information regarding the history of the Weeranian, we can still study the parent breeds in order to understand the origins of the hybrid breed. The Westie, as the West Highland White Terrier is often known, hails from Scotland. He was one of many Terrier breeds from the area, who may be interrelated. At one time, all Terriers were grouped together as one breed, but various breeds have been separated by their individual characteristics. The Westie was bred for hunting vermin in addition to fox and badgers. A legend holds that the Westie was not always white. In fact, a story exists that a Colonel Malcolm of Poltallach shot his beloved wheaten-colored Westie when he mistook the dog for a fox. So that he would never make such an error again, he bred the Westie to be a white dog. The Westie was first registered to the English Kennel Club in 1906; how the West Highland White Terrier came to America is not known. The Pomeranian has traditionally been a very popular dog. Mozart, Michelangelo, Issac Newton, and the church reformer Martin Luther are all said to have owned a Pomeranian during their lifetimes. The Pomeranian was also a popular dog with nobility. Queen Victoria owned several Pomeranians, and she is even said to have helped in developing the Pomeranian into the small dog he is today. The American Kennel Club registered the first Pomeranian in 1888. While it is unknown how the Pomeranian was introduced to America, we do know that the breed has always been wildly popular.