West Highland White Terrier

Westie on the green grass

A small, cheerful, loyal, affectionate white dog. They are alert, active and courageous. They can also be cunning and stubborn. They make excellent playmates for children. Do not let their cuteness fool you or they will d rule the household.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Medium to high. They require around 1.5 hours a day. This NOT a dog for inactive people. They love to play ball and will dig (garden, carpet) if not given enough exercise.

Size: 10-11 inches

Weight: 15-22lbs

Colour: White

Town or Country: Both

Low Allergy:

Best Suited for: Moderately active to active households, including families with children who can keep them entertained, but provide strong leadership and not leave them unattended for long periods.

Group: Terrier

Originally From: Scotland

Original Purpose: Working. Hunting otter, fox and rats. Now mostly a companion dog.

Living Space: Low indoors. A medium well-fenced garden is essential.

Coat: Medium, thick

Grooming: Medium. Must not be bathed too often. When dirty it is best to let the mud dry and brush it off. The coat should be hand plucked two or three times a year. A weekly brush is needed to get rid of loose hairs.

Children: High. They accept and engage in rough play. However care and supervision is needed with younger children due to their liveliness and tendency to be dominant.

Sociability with strangers: High. Sociable but will announce people’s arrival.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: Medium. They get on with others of their breed. Must be socialised with cats early. Early social training required if they have to live with other dogs as they can be rather dominant.

Trainability: Medium. Intelligent but rather naughty so remain consistent and persistent in their training.

Noise Level: High. With early training, excessive barking can be dealt with. However, if left unattended, untrained and un-exercised they can rapidly become a nuisance.

Known Health Issues: Deafness, inherited liver defects, skin disorders, epidermic dysplasia, Krabbe's Disease, craniomandibular osteopathy (Westie jaw), dry eye, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, diabetes, heart disease, cataracts, deafness, and luxated patella (dislocated kneecap). Prospective buyers should ask for parents’ eye and orthopaedic scoring results.

Lifespan: 13-14 years

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