Description: Commonly known as the Westie, this adorable little dog has a lovely straight white coat, small erect ears and a black button nose, with dark eyes to match.
Despite their sweet appearance, this is a country dog, a terrier, breed to hunt fox and badger.
Characteristics: The West Highland White Terrier is a cheerful extrovert, always ready for fun and games.
A wonderful blend of an affectionate cuddly lap dog and hardy robust companion that can keep up to all but the most active of owners.
They can go from happily being snuggled in your lap to doing a long rugged hike in the blink of an eye.
They do well in the city or country, house or apartment as long as given adequate exercise and fits well into a family environment as they are usually very playful and loving with children.
Some can live quite well with other dogs and cats, others can't, most are scrappy with strange dogs and none should be trusted around small pets like rodents and rabbits.
Early and ongoing socialization with other dogs can help curb aggression problems.
The Westie is a fine choice for those getting their first dog, they can be a bit stubborn and independent but is intelligent and trains easily.
This dog is loyal and dedicated to a family and makes a good barking watchdog.
Origins: The West Highland White Terrier originated from Argyle Scotland.
They got official recognition in 1905 when the first West Highland breed club was formed.
Related to the Cairn and the Skye Terriers.
Special needs: West Highland White Terriers are prone to dry skin and allergies.
Bathing more than once every month or so is not recommended.
Regular brushing is also very important as not only does it keep them neat and tidy but it helps to spread natural oils throughout the coat.
They also need weekly ear cleanings so they don't get ear infections.
Should be professionally groomed every 6-8 weeks.
Highlights: - The West Highland is a no shedding breed so may be a good choice for allergy suffers.
- Usual life span is 12-17 years.
- The Westie is an excellent hunter of vermin.
- An enthusiastic digger and care should be taken when leaving unattended in the yard, they can quickly dig under fences and be gone before you know it.