Recognised by the Kennel Club in 1907, the West Highland White remains one WESTIE PDF the most popular breeds in the group. If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

Dogs originally bred and used for hunting vermin. Terrier’ comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth. Dogs of terrier type have been known here since ancient times, and as early as the Middle Ages, these game breeds were portrayed by writers and painters. The unauthorised reproduction of text and images is strictly prohibited.

Jump to navigation Jump to search For the German informal demonym, see Wessi. The term originated, and is most often used, in relation to residents of the numerous western suburbs of Sydney, Australia, and of Auckland, New Zealand. According to the Macquarie Dictionary, the term in Australian English now refers to people from outer suburbs and a lower socio-economic background, or to the stereotypes associated with such people. The term « westie » is often used to associate someone or something with a stereotype. This stereotype depicts people from the outer suburbs as unintelligent, undereducated, unmotivated, unrefined, lacking in fashion sense, working-class or unemployed. To be called a Westie in Auckland is sometimes ambiguous as it can be both a pejorative or good natured, depending on intent.

Many people from Waitakere City will call themselves Westies with pride, yet not meet the stereotypical criteria. Westies are stereotypically seen as being more brash and of-the-soil than other districts of Auckland. The stereotype also incorporates black jerseys and old V8 cars. The successful television series Outrageous Fortune is set in West Auckland with the main characters being the West family, a play on the word ‘Westie’. The persona of the standard Auckland « Westie » continues to evolve. It should be noted that as of the 2010 amalgamation of Auckland’s council boundaries into one regional greater council, Waitakere City no longer exists as a distinct entity.

Yet, those living within the former boundaries remain claiming themselves as Westies’ essentially within the former boundaries. In Sydney, westies have taken their name from Sydney’s western suburbs, a region of suburbs in which the cost of living is less than Sydney’s affluent Easterly, North shore, Sutherland Shire and other coastal suburbs. The west also has lower levels of professional employment. As a result, the term « Westie » was used in a derogatory sense to suggest that someone was uncouth or unsophisticated. In Sydney it is claimed that the term originated within the surfing community in the early 1970s. Board riders or surfers who lived in the beachside suburbs, closer to the beach and waves, would often refer to what they saw as « part time » weekend surfers, who travelled to the beach from the western suburbs as « Westies ». In this regard they were seen as « blow ins » who crowded the beach and waves each weekend.

However, it is argued that the term « Westie » was a creation of the 1960s and 1970s as young, working families were encouraged westward into the newly built, rather austere public and private housing subdivisions on Sydney’s urban fringe. It was a term of division and derision, and became shorthand for a population considered lowbrow, coarse and lacking education and cultural refinement. The term may also be used to describe someone who acts or uses the same mannerisms as a person from the western suburbs but lives somewhere else. This is often reflected in house prices and suburb ‘status’. The typical commute of a resident living in the western suburbs of these cities also involves driving towards the sun each way, possibly explaining the cultural similarities across multiple cities.

The term Westie is often used to describe a person living in the western portions of Wendouree, a suburb in the north-west of Ballarat also known for its lower socio-economic status. Out west: perceptions of Sydney’s western suburbs. The other Sydney: communities, identities and inequalities in Western Sydney. Westie », Macquarie Dictionary Online Edition 2005.

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