Thinking about purchasing an West Highland White Terrier? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the West Highland White Terrier breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good West Highland White Terrier owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the West Highland White Terrier and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an West Highland White Terrier Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new West Highland White Terrier and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
West Highland White Terrier Profile
The West Highland White Terrier (Westie) is a small well-balanced hardy looking terrier, exhibiting good showmanship. They are elegant looking with a beautiful, shiny white coat and bright, button eyes, shaggy eyebrows and a black nose. Their fur around the face is bristly, which gives the dog a rounded face. Their skin is black or pink, but fur is white. Their tails resemble that of an inverted carrot, and is never docked. They have hard, 2 inch long fur that is cut longer around the legs and belly. With natural prick ears, some Westies keep their ears down around their owners to show submittal. An intelligent dog who learns quickly, the West Highland White Terriers love human companionship and will play with their family indoors or out. Their size makes them great for an apartment but they are just as at home in the country. They are a hardy breed, capable of playing with children and other dogs. West Highland White Terriers make great companions for children of all ages. Easygoing, active, responsive and friendly are all the ingredients for making a Westie. They are one of the most popular breed of dogs today.
Other Names: Poltalloch Terrier, Roseneath Terrier
Height: 10 - 11
Colors: All white,
no other colors, or else they'd be called Cairn Terrier.
Highland White Terriers are active, assertive, fun-loving, well-behaved and
light-hearted. They are alert and friendly. Being stable, they love to play
and will do so with each other or with you. They are courageous, self-reliant
and have good self-esteem. They can be independent but mostly rely on their
families for love and affection, two things they severely need. They like to
dig in the yard and should be trained to avoid this, as they also will kill
any vermin they find around the house. Some Westies may not be good with children,
as some are more picky than others for a companion. They generally get along
well with other dogs and if trained, with other pets such as cats. West Highland
White Terriers need consistent attention, exercise and mental stimulation or
else they will become lazy and out of shape. If given the opportunity, the Westie
will sit on your lap or next to you and enjoy your petting for hours.
Watch-dog: High. These dogs
are very alert to sounds and smells of the things around them, and they will
alert you with a bark.
West Highland White Terrier Care
and Training: The West Highland White Terrier is easy to train
and should have basic training. They need regular brushing two to three times
a week to help keep their white coat clean. Monthly bathing is necessary for
a clean coat as well. Minimal trimming is needed if they are just a pet. If
you plan to show them, they will also need trimming, plucking and stripping
of the coat.
Activity: Indoor & Outdoor
- Very High, unless they are ignored.
West Highland White Terrier Health Issues: This breed is healthy and robust. There may be some problems with skin allergies, patellar luxation, hernias, cranio mandibular osteopathy (lion jaw), deafness and congenital heart disease. They can also be susceptible to atopy, cataracts, copper toxicosis, enzyme deficiency, inguinal hernia, and Legg-Perthes disease.
Life Span: 15 + years. This
is a long lived breed.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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