Group: Terrier Group
Purpose of Breed: Hunting rats
Country of Origin: Scotland
Average Size: Ranges from 10-11 inches and 15-22 pounds.
Coat Type: A double coat-wiry and flat on the outside and soft on the inside.
Grooming: This breed is an average shedder with a coat that should be brushed daily to stay in top condition. Special grooming is necessary if the dog is to be shown. Standard care is required for eyes, ears, pads and nails.
Exercise Needs: West Highland White Terriers require a moderate amount of exercise, but adapt well to apartment living if given daily opportunities to romp and play. They are hunters by nature and should be turned out in a safely enclosed area or exercised on a lead.
Temperament: The West Highland White Terrier is an active and assertive breed that is best suited to living with adults and older children. This breed can be very independent and strong-willed. It is alert and courageous and makes a wonderful watchdog. They make good obedience dogs with proper training and will get along with most other companion animals if introduced properly.
Common Ailments: Susceptible to patellar luxation, skin problems, hernias and liver disease.
Life Expectancy: Averages 12-14 years Trivia: There is a legend that says West Highland White Terriers were developed to be seen easily in the field after a hunter mistakenly took his red colored terrier for a fox and shot it.
More Information: West Highland White Terrier Club of America
and not to mention, cute as a button!
I've heard these dogs are fantastic with young kids because they love rough play can anyone back that up?
to Jaz: Did you read the info posted? "...assertive breed that is best suited to living with adults and older children." That's what I've observed over the years also. The ones I've known don't really like "kid play" although I'm sure there will be a torrent of posts from people with small kids who have them. Just my experience that they don't enjoy playing with young ones.
Westins are very loveable, funny fellas who love play time with small children as well as older, their little personalities are so funny they love to run and jump and are cute little sniffers. Yes they love to hear themselves bark but good watchers! prisjam, Dallas, Texas
Westies have a tail "so you can pull them out of burrows". Well, I didn't know that. I thought their lovely little 'antennae' type tail was for wagging ferociously when they were lizard hunting in the garden :o)
This breed is great. We've had 4 over 35 years. Easy to train, very smart, strong willed but they are like a large dog in a small body. As far as small children go, if they are raised around small children they are fine. It is when they aren't used to the quick movements of small children that they tend to react because they are scared.
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