Picture # 45

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Picture #47

An excellent example of the correct Westie tail, wider at the base
(carrot-shaped). This photo also shows a well groomed head with a large nose, good space between the eyes and ear. Head furnishings display the desired chrysanthmum shape.
The tail on this mature, top winning Westie, while objectionable to some, is in my opinion as well as others not desired but is perfectly acceptable. He had many other qualities to reward. The tallish tail on this young male shows another type of curve which can be seen on some Westies. This tail, even without the curve, would not go above the level of the head. Due to the lack of a mature coat the correct head proportions can be seen, as well as a large nose and width between the eyes.

Picture #48 

 This picture presents variations in tail carriage and how this affects the overall outline.

The picture on the right shows a correct tail carriage as described in the standard, on a bitch who happens to be set up like an American Saddlebred horse.

The middle picture shows a tail carried at about the 1 o'clock position, which tends to make the back look slightly longer. The set on of this type of tail carriage could be correct or it could be slightly lower than desired.

The picture on the right shows a tail carried more forward, which creates an illusion of a shorter back. The only changes have been to tail carriage no matter what your eye sees.