West Highland White Terriers have become arguably the most popular terrier in the world. This is no surprise when their friendly temperament, high energy and beautiful white coats are taken into consideration. Thanks to their handsome good looks and excellent temperaments, Westies have gone on to become famous actors, starring in film and television, as well as models, characters in books and even cartoon representations. Here, for your enjoyment, is a listing of some of the most famous West Highland White Terriers.
Imelda is the name of the charming Westie that appears on the labels of Australia's My Dog brand dog food.
In the feature film based on the French cartoon character Asterix, the pet dog of Axterix's friend Obelix, called Dogmatix, or Idefix as he is called in the original French, is played by a Westie with black ear tips.
On the animated series King of the Hill, Doggy, the pet of the Souphanousinphone family, is a West Highland White Terrier.
Happy was an acting dog that appeared on the television series 7th Heaven. Rescued from an animal shelter, Happy was reported to be abused by her first owner, making it necessary for her to make friends with adult actors before filming began. She appeared on eleven seasons of the series.
McDuff is the main character in a series of illustrated children's books created by Rosemary Wells and illustrated by Susan Jeffers.
In the popular series of books about fictional Highland police officer Hamish Macbeth written by MC Beaton, Macbeth is often accompanied by his Westie, Wee Jock. The series was adapted into a popular television series for three seasons by the BBC.
Cesar is the mascot and poster dog for Cesar brand dog food in the United States. In Canada, the Westie that appears on Cesar brand dog food is named Maggie.
Fergus is the title character in the children's book, "Good Boy, Fergus!" written by American author and recipient of the Caldecott Honor, David Shannon.
Macintosh, the dog owned by Agatha Gregson in PD Wodehouse's celebrated series Jeeves and Wooster, was a West Highland White Terrier.
The book, Greyfriars Bobby by Eleanor Atkinson, embellished the true story of a Skye Terrier that spent the better part of his life sitting on his master's grave, whom he was devoted to. In a film produced in 2006, called The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby, Bobby was portrayed by a West Highland White Terrier.
Coconut is a Westie that appears in the American Girl series of books and dolls.
On the currently produced television series, House, Hector is a Westie that lives with Wilson, one of the main characters of the series.