Overview

The West Highland White Terrier is often said to be alert, friendly, courageous, and independent. They bring joy to so many people and their owners love having them around. This small dog may often be called by the name of Westie, Poltalloch Terrier, rather than its common breed name of West Highland White Terrier. When we think about dogs, we often do not think of their blood line or where they came from, the West Highland White Terrier descends from Cairn Terrier. The West Highland White Terrier may be a member of your family from anywhere between 12 and 16 years, giving you plenty of time to love them! The West Highland White Terrier belongs to the Terrier breed group, which allows you to easily find other small dogs that are similar to this one. The West Highland White Terrier is a moderately popular dog, many owners have loved it and some have had not so pleasing experiences. If you feel like the West Highland White Terrier may be the right fit for you, please continue reading to learn more about them!

Body Characteristics

The West Highland White Terrier is a Medium size small dog with a build described as sturdy, with a proportionate head, and blunt muzzle and erect ears, making it the perfect dog for your home. The West Highland White Terrier can be as short as 10in or up to as big as 11in, making it the perfect size! While weighing between 13lbs to 22lbs, the West Highland White Terrier may be just the small dog breed that you are looking for. The West Highland White Terrier has a Medium coat that can often be described as straight, hard outer coat and a soft, and dense undercoat, making them perfect for being inside or outside pets. If you are looking into choosing the West Highland White Terrier to join your family, you may find it with a coat in the colors of white.

Temperament

The West Highland White Terrier is a highly intelligent dog, which is great for owners who want an inside dog as they can leave the house knowing they will not come home to a disaster. If you are looking for a dog that will be easy to train and entertain you loved ones with its tricks, the West Highland White Terrier is perfect for you. The West Highland White Terrier is a playful dog that may keep you busy all day, it is a great dog for children. The West Highland White Terrier is average when it comes to energy, it may want to play for 12 hours a day and sleep 12 hours a day. The West Highland White Terrier is a very affectionate small dog that will want to spend a lot of its time cuddled up with you. The West Highland White Terrier may not want to be around children all the time, but it may be able to tolerate them on occasion. It may take the West Highland White Terrier some time to get to know new people, but when it does it will win them over with its alert, friendly, courageous, and independent personality. The West Highland White Terrier is a good watch dog, however on occasion it may lose interest in trying to to warn you of anything suspicious. The West Highland White Terrier is not good with other dogs, it would much rather have all the attention to itself than share you with other dogs. The West Highland White Terrier will not be happy around a cat, it will cause a lot of chaos in your home and whenever there is a cat around.

Maintanence

When it comes to shedding, the West Highland White Terrier is below average, your home will often be covered in dog hair and require additional work when cleaning. If you suffer from allergies but still wish to own a dog, the West Highland White Terrier is the perfect choice as it is hypoallergenic. If you are looking for a pet that requires minimal grooming, then the West Highland White Terrier is not the dog for you. The West Highland White Terrier is average when it comes to health, it may have some health issues but not more than the normal dog. If you are looking to bring the West Highland White Terrier into your home, some of the health problems you might have to encounter include Patellar Luxation, Cataracts, and Pulmonary Fibrosis. The amount that you may spend on a dog for each year varies on the type of dog you get, the West Highland White Terrier can cost you about $1100 per year.