Famous with its nick “Westie", West Highland White Terrier is adapted as a warm companion. This breed is full of charm and attraction, remarkably active, confident, determinant and loyal. Agile but compact dog holds distinction among terrier group based on devotion and family bonding. Families adapting this terrier have to greet an addition of affectionate member in home. Travel companion, trip companion, playmate and true friend Westie is reserved, tends to curious thus protective from strange elements. They are able to warn and react against suspect.
The Westie is small and sturdy build dog, black nose, erected and triangle-shaped ears on a thick, hard, medium white coat adds the expression of grace and love. Undercoat is short, dense and soft. Regular brushing would result better grooming. Good strength and stamina are the prime requirements of any terrier breed, alike all, this dogs possesses entire terrier-like qualities. The gait is free, slightly quick and upstanding. Besides an alert watchdog, they are chaser of rodents.
This breed was originated in Scotland and was named as Poltlloch Terrier in its early days after the name of a Scottish region. First presentation of the dog to USA dates in 1906, recognized by AKC in 1907 in terrier group breeds. In 1909 the breed was reformed and standardized with the name of West Highland White Terrier which still retained. This terrier was developed to control vermin and rats, additional they can hunt fox, badger and otters.
A little but hard terrier is a pack of flexibility and agility. Love bonded, compassionate and devoted this dog thrives when under attention of its family. Affectionate as they are, treat gently to children, quite well behaved with other pets but after grown together. They are rarely frank with strange people; tend to curious and protective to their family.
Westies are hard to socialize, training is tough rather challenging due to slight stubborn and independent trait. This little breed does not know its small size, they possess courage and determination of larger dogs. Other animals, especially canine can only be afforded when they accept dominance of Westies. They tend to chase small animals, sometimes your pets may be pursued but for fun only. Extremely barkers and diggers, they tend more destructive when annoyed. The dog needs affordable handling otherwise tends to snappish and would punish the child irritating them. Trainer should hold patience and commitment during housetrain. They do not respond well to repetitive training rather acceptive to diverse and agile methods, offer some packages and treats in reward to good learning. Always exercise leadership over dog rather this terrier will dominate you.
Little but strong, the dog needs daily activities to satisfy physical and mental stimulation. A yard to hold playful activities and average walks are good for them. Apartment life is affordable as long as exercise requirements are fulfilled. The breed would suffer separation anxiety if left alone. They tend to chase and hunt small games, keep them in yard with fence or leashed when not supervising the dog.
Owner Should Know
This dog possess all terrier-like traits of barking and digging, early socialization would bring mild temperament in them by defining commands for stop barking.
Rodents are not advised with Westies, as they would be the prey for dog, however multi-dog house is affordable but after socialization.
They are well responsive to training, still demanding and hard in housebreak. Harsh behavior by hander is not appreciated at all.
The breed is low shedder, grooming requirement is low, trimming and clipping twice a year is enough
Daily walk of two rounds is that what this breed needs for their exercises.
Apartment life is affordable if you accept barking and can company them for moderate walks. Further consider the patience of your neighbor against their woofing.
They get along well with old dogs, young toddlers should be avoided for their company, as the dog tends to snappish when irritated.
They suffer separation anxiety, however, you can manage your absence by providing radio play for them to put them engaged.
Accept digging, provide a corner to dig otherwise your garden would be destroyed.
Seek for reputed and trusted breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.