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West Highland White Terrier
The westie originated at Poltalloch, Scotland, where they had been bred
and maintained for more than 100 years prior to their appearance at dog shows.
About 10 inches.
18 to 22 lbs.
Must be double coated. The hair is plucked around the head to present the round
appearance. This coat is going to require regular, professional grooming,
which can be very costly. When groomed regularly, this coat will not shed.
Alert, gay, courageous and self reliant.
Are not usually trustworthy off lead.
Can be destructive if not properly trained.
Can be very vocal.
Usually good as guard dogs.
Should not be trusted with small children.
Usually not difficult to housebreak.
Usually not good with other animals.
Reception to Training:
Fair candidate in the hands of a skilled trainer.
Epilepsy, PRA, cataracts.
The Westie, like most terriers (affectionately known as terrors) are very,
very high energy dogs. They are "sparred" in the ring, tested for their
gameness. For this reason, they are not recommended for multi pet households,
but usually do very well in a single pet household. The Westie can also be
short of patience, so is not highly recommended for small children.
Because of the high energy, he can also be destructive and very noisy if
left to his own devices. He is not generally a good candidate as a
"couch potato" family pet.
If looking for a Conformation Show dog, this is a fair choice.
If looking for a Pet/Companion Dog, a fair choice.
If looking for an Obedience Dog, a fair choice.