The West Highland White Terrier is typically referred to as a Westie. They originated in Scotland in the middle of the 19th century to control the population of fox, otter, and other animals and rodents. The Westie is now primarily a companion pet.
The West Highland White Terrier is hardy and compact, spirited and well adjusted. The Westie may be susceptible to deafness, patella luxation, and allergies. They have attained the status of being one of the most popular breeds. They are intelligent and usually display good manners. The Westie is playful but can also be quiet and determined.
The Westie is energetic and spunky. They are devoted to their family, but are not very interested in being cuddled. They alert to danger by barking and are good watchdogs. The Westie is a wonderful family pet that prefers to be the only pet in the home. They get along with children over the age of ten who are well behaved. They can be demanding and assertive, and exhibit true terrier traits. They have a tendency to snap when irritated. The West Highland White Terrier is a social, fun loving breed that does best in an active and attentive household. This little breed would fit perfectly into a family with or without children or pets.
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The West Highland White Terrier is a double coat breed. The outer coat is
straight, harsh and wiry. The under coat is close, fluffy, and soft. Their coat
is brilliant white in color and lends to this breed an elegant look.
The West Highland White
Terrier 's double coat requires brushing twice weekly. The first groom at 16 weeks and second groom 6-8 weeks later, if your dog is not for shows. They also require having their coat
professionally trimmed at least four
times per year. For
shows then groomer will make a regular appointments (every 4 weeks).
They should only be bathed when necessary, as they are prone to dry skin.