Are Westies Just White Cairn Terriers?

I googled "white cairn terrier" and all of the images were of west highland white terriers.

Yes and no, the West Highland White Terrier, the Scottish Terrier, and the Cairn Terrier, were originally defined as the white, black and "other" colored pups from short-legged terrier litters in Scotland. Since that time, these "varieties" have diverged into three distinct breeds with other differences than color – like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel diverged from the English Toy Spaniel, the American Cocker diverged from the English, etc.

Purebred Cairns today do not come in white, so the closest thing to a purebred white Cairn would be it’s cousin, a purebred Westie, which only comes in white.

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  • Pink Teacup Pachyderm!

    more or less.. they are basically descended from Cairn terriers.
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  • ?Chigirl is a she Wolf

    I know nothing about Westies, but I heard they were basically White Cairn Terriers, but through selective breeding, they have their own name.
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  • joanplus4dogs

    No though they are closely related. Westies are larger with a slightly different build from cairns & all white only while cairns are smaller built & any color but white is allowed. The westies, scotties & cairns are basically 1st cousins to each other in simple terms.
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  • 4Her4Life

    Yes and no, the West Highland White Terrier, the Scottish Terrier, and the Cairn Terrier, were originally defined as the white, black and "other" colored pups from short-legged terrier litters in Scotland. Since that time, these "varieties" have diverged into three distinct breeds with other differences than color – like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel diverged from the English Toy Spaniel, the American Cocker diverged from the English, etc.

    Purebred Cairns today do not come in white, so the closest thing to a purebred white Cairn would be it’s cousin, a purebred Westie, which only comes in white.
    References :

  • Ann

    How come the ears and nose of the westie can look so different, my husband got me an 11 month old westie and when I saw her I fell in love but she wasnt my picture of a westie, she has big stand up pointy ears and a longer nose than I thought westies had but looking at the pictures here she looks just like ‘some’ of them.