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West Highland white terriers are very quick to bark at every new sight or sound, which makes them excellent watchdogs. They can be quite possessive of their toys or food, and are determined little diggers.
The American breed club puts the lifespan of the Westie at 12 to 16 years. A club survey puts the average lifespan at 11.4 years. Veterinary clinic data from the UK show a typical lifespan of 10.5 to 15 years.
Here is no surprise, westies love attention and person giving most attention to dog gets favourite human badge. It can be that human who feeds, give most physical attention and love, petting, brushing, massaging, playing.
As they can be stubborn and independent dogs, it is vital that they are trained from an early age to ensure that any commands taught continues through to their adulthood. It is important to remember that Westies could potentially adapt easily with continuous training.
True to their name, Westies, or West Highland White Terriers, come from the Scottish Highlands. Like other terrier breeds, Westies were originally bred for flushing out burrowing animals, and are still outdoorsy dogs who love to dig.
Westies are smart dogs and their inquisitive nature means they love to learn, as long as they know what’s in it for them! Consistency and positive reinforcement is key to training your Westie, just make sure not to overdo it on the treats to avoid unhealthy weight gain.
Westies are good-natured and loving family pets who adapt well to both countryside and city living as long as they get enough exercise. They’re clever and so can pick up on new things quickly. They’re eager to please which makes them a popular choice with first time owners.
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One of the best loved of all small terriers, the “Westie” was developed in Scotland in the 19th century from Cairn Terriers (opposite). This hardy little dog’s original role was to hunt fox, badger, and vermin such as rats. Today, West Highland White Terriers are suitable town or country pets for all types of home. They have boundless energy and are always ready for walks or to play with children. Early social training is recommended for this breed, as they have large egos for their size and can be overbearing with other dogs.
The Scottish terrier group all likely arose from the same ancestors (this includes the Scotties, Dandie Dinmonts, Skye, and Cairn terriers). This breed arose in Poltalloch, Scotland perhaps in the times of King James I and may have been previously known as the Dog of Argyleshire. The family of Colonel Malcolm of Poltalloch is considered to have developed the main lineage up through the early 20th century. It may be that the earliest stock was primarily white Cairn in origin. AKC registration was first recorded in 1908.
These dogs were originally bred to be vermin, fox and otter hunters; bred for exceptional spunk, speed and intelligence. Sporty and agile, they can work a long day. They are now enjoying success in earthdog trials, obedience and agility. They are excellent companions.
Height at Withers: female 10” (25.5 cm), male 11” (28 cm)
Weight: females 13-16 lb (6-7 kg), males 15-22 lb (7-10 kg).
Coat: Their outer coat is harsh and dense and the undercoat is fine and wooly. They are all white, and the coat is about 2” in length.
Longevity: 15 years.
Points of Conformation: The Westie is a compact, short coupled dog, and has well developed musculature. Deep in the chest, they are characterized by a straight topline. Dark brown eyes with dark palpebral margins, small erect ears with thick leather, heavy eyebrows, black nose and lips and a defined stop with blunt muzzle characterize their head. The tail is short and carried high, and incidentally, is tough enough so that the handler can pull the dog out of the burrow by the tail if needed.
These dogs are reported to be very alert, intelligent, devoted, independent and fun-loving. They thrive on close human contact. They are game to learn, courageous, and are fairly tolerant of strangers. They are high activity dogs. They like to dig and bark especially if bored, and are a good watchdog. As with any of the terrier type breeds, they can nip when irritated and need to be socialized early to other pets and children. Training should be gentle but firm and also start early. The coat should be periodically clipped or stripped to remove dead undercoat hairs.
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