The West Highland White Terrier, or Westie's, small size and irresistibly adorable appearance belie his tough, independent terrier personality. As a family pet, he's affectionate, playful, endlessly entertaining and a wonderful portable travel companion. Bred to hunt rats, he'll take off after prey, so he needs a fenced area to play and walks on a leash. Westie puppies need patient training, due to their independent nature. But they learn easily and are lovable, loyal additions to any family.