The summary will acquaint you with the very popular West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed. These traits will tell you about the dog you now have or help you determine if this is the canine to adopt into your family as a valued pet.
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A special thank you to dogbreedinfo center, The American Kennel Club and Wikipedia for helping me with info about the West Highland Terrier. I have never personally owned this breed dog as a pet.
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West Highland Terrier dog breed is such a popular canine for numerous reasons which you will soon discover. The West Highland terrier is nicknamed Westie, giving us an idea they are noble and lively. Oh, they are alert and ready for just about anything. They originated from Scotland, bred to control the vermin population, however very quickly becoming a companion and beloved pet. They are also eye catchers in dog shows, with proper instructions and skill by pet owners.
The small dog temperament quickly will take over unless a strong, firm, persistent yet gentleness is offered in early puppy hood by a wise pet owner. Westies learn well due to the high degree of intelligence they own. You won’t have a Westie with aggressive traits even though they are self assured around other dogs. Chasing cats for a past time might be seen, but there is only a robust, spunky ball of fur having fun. They might be little in size, but they are great watch dogs. A Westie likes children; from toddlers to teens. Their playfulness and friendliness add to the wonderful traits they possess. Some caution should be mentioned about the Westie around other, larger dogs, if the Westie feels intruded upon, it might nip only for a position as pack leader.
Weight ranges from 13 to 22 pounds with height around 9 to 12 inches tall. Having a sturdy, hardy compact body, the life span is more than 15 years.
Grooming for the West Highland White Terrier is quite easy to care for by trimming around the ears and eyes with blunt scissors as needed. The entire coat needs trimming every 4 months and stripped twice a year.
Physical characteristics engulf the eyes with excitement, to no end. The Westie has small pointed ears that stand up at all times. The bright, dark colored, deep set eyes draw the attention of owners and strangers alike because of that penetrating gaze. Tails for these dogs is a 5 or 6 inch relatively tight haired appendage carried gaily. Rarely are the tails docked.
Westies are simply a white Carin, so their coats are white.
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The West Highland White terrier does not shed, so with scheduled grooming , they do well with children and adults with allergic reactions to dog dander. Daily play will not substitute for a walk with the Westie since behavior problems might occur without a regular jaunt every day. They like a lot of attention.
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