West of Argyll Terrier

16-22 lbs
West Highland White Terrier

The West of Argyll Terrier is a hybrid developed by crossing a Beagle with a West Highland White Terrier. These are small dogs with wiry, dense fur that can be white, black, brown, fawn, cream, or brindle colored. They weigh between 16 and 25 pounds and can stand up to 15 inches tall. They are very independent, self-confident, and lively. These are stubborn dogs that will require a lot of patience and consistency in order to be trained. They are also very gentle and playful, and adapt well to apartment living; although they will need daily walks. 

Companion, Sporting
Date of Origin
Beagle, West Highland White Terrier

West of Argyll Terrier Health

Average Size
Male West of Argyll Terrier size stats
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 19-25 lbs
Female West of Argyll Terrier size stats
Height: 11-13 inches Weight: 16-22 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Cherry Eye
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Distichiasis
  • Glaucoma
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Blood Count
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Full Body Physical Examination especially of the joints

West of Argyll Terrier Breed History

The West of Argyll Terrier was developed in the 1990s by crossbreeding a Beagle with a West Highland White Terrier. The West Highland White Terrier, best known as the Westie, has its origins based in Scotland where these dogs were used for hunting medium-sized game and for getting rid of vermin. The Westie is related to the Dandie Dinmont, the Scottish, the Cairn, and the Skye Terriers. It is believed that the breed originated around the 17th century, descending from a small breed of earth dogs that the King of France received from James I of Argyllshire. It is said that these Terriers are all white due to an accident that occurred in the 19th century. Colonel Malcolm of Poltalloch was out hunting fox with his Terriers, and by mistake, he shot dead one of his beloved Cairns. This caused lot of distress and the Colonel decided to breed only white dogs to avoid confusing them with foxes. This breed was known as the Poltalloch Terrier or the Roseneath Terrier. In 1906 the Kennel Club of England recognized the breed as the West Highland White Terrier, and the American Kennel Club followed in 1908. The Beagle’s history is somewhat less clear. There are Greek documents from 400 B.C that mention dogs that look that the Beagles, and it is also believed that Beagles are related to small hunting hounds that were brought to England by Romans in order to cross them with English hounds. The Beagles are also thought to descend from Talbot hounds, extinct now, which were brought to England in 1066 by William the Conqueror. This breed was very popular in England since its beginning; particularly really small ones, known as Glove Beagles because they could be held in a gloved hand. Elizabeth I was known to own several small Beagles. These dogs would assist in hunting, but they rapidly lost their popularity as they were not very fast. It was thanks to Irish and English farmers, who used the dogs for rabbit and hare hunting, that these dogs didn’t disappear. The Beagle we know today was developed during the 19th century. During this time, Englishmen worked on improving the breed's appearance and the breed was also imported to America, where they also aimed to improve their looks. In England, bigger dogs were bred to hunt fox, and American breeders developed smaller Beagles to hunt rabbit. The American Kennel club recognized the breed in 1884.

West of Argyll Terrier Breed Appearance

West of Argyll Terriers are small dogs that can weigh between 16 and 25 pounds, and their height ranges from 11 to 15 inches. They have sturdy, compact bodies and a shaggy appearance. They have double-coated fur, with a soft, dense undercoat and a rough outer coat. Their hair goes from short to medium-length, and it can be white, black, brindle, brown, cream, fawn, or multi-colored. The have heavy, slightly rounded skulls with a wide, flat muzzle that’s medium in length. Their muzzle is very furry which makes him look like he has a mustache. His ears fold to the side, and his eyes are big and brown. His nose is wide, rounded, and black. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown West of Argyll Terrier eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black West of Argyll Terrier nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle West of Argyll Terrier coat
pied West of Argyll Terrier coat
fawn West of Argyll Terrier coat
brown West of Argyll Terrier coat
white West of Argyll Terrier coat
black West of Argyll Terrier coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
West of Argyll Terrier wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

West of Argyll Terrier Breed Maintenance

The West of Argyll Terriers are moderate shedders, and they have a dense wiry coat. Brushing him every other day with a slicker brush is recommended to eliminate loose hair, as well as to avoid mats and tangles. You might also need to clip the hair around his ears, eyes, and paws to avoid obstructions and infections. They are moderately smelly, so bathe him when needed. Remember you must always brush him before bathing him and use a veterinary approved dog shampoo. Clean his ears every week using an ear cleansing solution and a cotton ball or cloth. You will also need to clip his nails once or twice a month, depending on their length. Brush his teeth at least two or three times a week to eliminate tartar buildup, bacteria, and bad breath.  

Brushes for West of Argyll Terrier
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
West of Argyll Terrier requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

West of Argyll Terrier Temperament

West of Argyll Terriers are independent, self-confident, courageous little dogs. These dogs are moderately smart and are very stubborn and because of this, training him will take time. You will require patience and consistency, and will need to use positive reinforcement to get the best results. This hybrid gets along well with other dogs, and can be good with children if properly trained at puppyhood. Additionally, children should be instructed on how to interact with canines in the proper manner. The West of Argyll Terriers are very active dogs who love to play games. They are also quite vocal and tend to bark at strangers. Nonetheless, they are very gentle and loving pets. If leaving him alone, provide him with plenty of toys to keep him entertained as he may get a little anxious. 

West of Argyll Terrier Activity Requirements

West of Argyll Terriers are active dogs and prone to weight gain, so daily physical activity is required. Taking him out for a daily 30 minute walk will keep him healthy and happy, as well as providing time to play and run leash-free in a dog park or a yard. These dogs also love to swim, therefore trips to the beach or a lake are very welcomed; having a plastic pool at home is also a fun activity to provide. These dogs don’t do very well in cold climates, they are more suited for warmer climates. They can adapt well to apartment living, given that he gets daily outdoor activity. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes

West of Argyll Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.20
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

West of Argyll Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Male West of Argyll Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female West of Argyll Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 12 lbs
12 Months
Male West of Argyll Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Female West of Argyll Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 19 lbs
18 Months
Male West of Argyll Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Female West of Argyll Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 19 lbs

West of Argyll Terrier Owner Experiences

6 Years
3 People
Walking, meeting people, running off leash in dog
He’s my first dog and I couldn’t have chosen a better pet. He’s affectionate, fun , and very friendly. He loves meeting new people like me.
5 months ago
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