West Highland White Terriers make wonderful pets for many reasons. They have great characteristics that we enjoy. They are smart, courageous, and alert, which makes them very good watch dogs. They are super house dogs, and are relatively small. Westies can hear noises that are too high-pitched for human ears. They have a powerful sense of smell. They are great alarm clocks! Chloe wakes us every morning at 5:30 AM for our first nature break of the day...Read More!
Westies are active, assertive, and fun loving. He likes his own warm basket or box, but will have a sleep just about anywhere indoors. They make good bed-fellows. Westies love going for interesting walks no matter what the weather is. We take our 3 Westies on a mile and half walk 5 mornings each week. They love riding in the car, chasing cats, and barking at the postman. The Westie is not a toy breed. It is a full-sized, rock-solid breed who thinks it is a large dog. Westies are very neat and clean. The Westie's hard coat does not shed much and has very little offensive odor.
With Young Children
Westies make excellent playmates for children. Never let your Westie be teased. Our granddaughter, 8 years old, has grown up with Westies and has two (Cordy and Sprinkles) in their home. They are great friends! However, we feel that if you have a child under 6, it might be better to wait until your child is at least 6 to add a Westie pup.
General Physical Description
West Highland White Terriers are one of the most attractive of the Terrier breeds. They have always been an all-white breed. This breed has a very sharp, intelligent look. Westies have a topcoat and a thick undercoat. Westies have erect ears, short legs, and a chunky body. They have a domed skull with dark, widely spread apart eyes.
Height at Withers: Male 10-11"; Female 9-10". Weight: 14 to 22 pounds.
Ears and tail
The pointed erect ears are natural, not altered. The short tail is natural, not docked.
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General Character and Temperament
West Highland White Terriers are among the most charming, loyal, affectionate, and intelligent dogs of the terrier family. They are a small breed, seldom growing to over 22 lbs. Our Westies range from 14-21 pounds. Westies are extremely active and playful, with puppy-like characteristics carried over into maturity. They will announce all visitors with a bark, but seldom become vicious. Westies are quite sociable, and the most cheerful of Scotland's terriers, having a pronounced optimistic outlook on life. They have the endurance of a much larger dog and owners need not pamper them or carry them home from a long walk. Originally bred for chasing down vermin, Westies make excellent companion dogs. They love their power hugs, but never sit still for long. Their bright and inquisitive nature is a delight to behold. The Westie is outgoing and friendly.
Somewhat pugnacious around strange dogs and small animals, the Westie is generally sociable with friendly dogs and family cats, but this little dog with the big attitude isn't likely to be intimidated by the barking of the neighbor's Great Dane. A Westie will not back down from any dog. Socialization should begin early as a pup.
hard dry coat requires grooming on a regular basis and most look forward to
the attention of brushing, and haircuts. Westie skin tends to be
drier than that of most dogs, which is why they have very little doggy
odor. Westies are white as their name indicates. Wheaten color along
the dorsal stripe in early puppyhood usually disappears with maturity and
some darker hair on the muzzle and around the eyes is not uncommon. The
breed standard calls for a double coat with wiry straight outer coat and a
soft undercoat. Introduce your puppy to grooming as early as possible and
follow the standard for Westie grooming for best results. Hand
stripping is usually done for show dogs. We do not clipper groom our
Westies because it causes the coat to become softer and sometimes wavy
as the top hair grows out. We use a Mars Coat
King which we have found over the years to be a great way to groom your
Westies shed very little! Some say they are non-shedding. If you compare them to a Lab, that is true. The truth is, they do shed a little! If you brush out your Westie daily (3 minutes) you will have very little shedding.
These wonderful characteristics make Westies the ideal pet.