Its full name is West Highland White Terrier. It originates from the Highlands of Great Britain. Like all terriers its origins go back into the distant past. It is believed that they come from the county of Argyll in Scotland. During the 19th century they were chiefly used for hunting foxes. At that time the majority were dark in colour but on occasions some light-coloured specimens were seen which were very highly appreciated as they stood out clearly during the hunts. These were given the name West Highland White Terrier. They were recognised as an independent breed in 1904, stopped being used for hunting and became household pets.