West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

INTRODUCTION

The best way to describe the small Scottish West Highland White Terrier dog breed is simply to say that they are so full of self-esteem that they know they are the best there is. Always up for a good time, they will make you laugh as they entertain themselves.breed enthusiasts affectionately call these dogs Westies for short. Although these are purebred dogs, you can still find them in shelters and rescues. Remember to adopt. Westies are friendly and cheerful, with a lively character that makes everyone love them (except small rodents), especially when they tilt their heads to one side and look at you curiously. Affectionate and intelligent, these puppies are a great addition to any family living in any size home, even flats. You just need to make sure you can provide them with a good amount of exercise and plenty of play sessions.

HIGHLIGHTS

A Westie can have terrier traits (no surprise there). It will dig, bark and chase vermin. However, with proper training, it can be trained to bark only once and not dig at all, although some dogs are less discouraged than others. However, the pursuit of vermin is programmed, and no amount of training will alter it.A Westie does well in multi-dog households, unless there is more than one intact male (and he is one of them). He can get used to cats. He cannot adapt to small pets, such as rabbits and birds, due to his strong prey drive and is generally easy to train if done positively and consistently. It should be noted that a Westie is strong-willed and has a high self-esteem, which can cause some training difficulties if training becomes boring or too hard.Its coat is easy to groom and only requires regular brushing. Although it does not require as much exercise as other breeds, the Westie needs one or two daily walks or play sessions. Generally, it has a low energy level indoors, although individual dogs vary in this respect.A Westie is adaptable and does well in any type of housing, including flats (although if not trained to stop barking, it is likely to cause difficulties with neighbours).It is a social dog that gets along well with everyone. It likes children of all ages, but is best suited to households with older children.A Westie can be left for long periods of time when its people are working. If you are a demanding gardener, the Westie is not the best choice, as it can become fond of digging up plants and be over-enthusiastic about helping in the garden.To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill or pet shop. Look for a reputable breeder who tests their breeding dogs to make sure they are free of genetic diseases that can be passed on to puppies and that they have a sound temperament.

HISTORY

The West Highland White Terrier shares a history with that of the Dandie Dinmont, Skye, Scottish, and Cairn Terriers; all are considered branches of the same race. The West Highland White Terrier originated in Scotland and was used to hunt foxes, badgers, and otters and to kill vermin such as rats. There is not much evidence to determine the exact history of the West Highland White Terrier, but many believe that the breed can be traced back to the 17th century and to a small breed of land dog given to the King of France by James I of Argyllshire. According to breed tradition, the Westie’s white color was the result of a tragic 19th century accident that occurred while Colonel Malcolm de Poltalloch was hunting foxes. The colonel accidentally shot and killed one of his wheat-colored Cairns. Devastated and determined to avoid such accidents in the future, he decided to breed only white dogs that could not be confused with foxes. The West Highland White Terrier has been known by many names, including Poltalloch Terrier and Roseneath Terrier, but was officially recognized by the Kennel Club of England as a West Highland White Terrier in 1906.

Breed Characteristics:
Adaptability:
4/5
All Around Friendliness:
4/5
Health And Grooming Needs:
3/5
Trainability:
3/5
Physical Needs:
4/5
Vital Stats:
Dog Breed Group: Terrier Dogs
Height: 10 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 13 to 22 pounds
Life Span: 12 to 16 years

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