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West Highland White Terrier Puppies
Description: 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, Westie
Height: 10 -
white, no other colors, or else they'd be called Cairn Terrier.
West 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
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.
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.
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:
West Highland White Terrier
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