West Highland White Terrier
Lifespan: 14 years
confident • alert • courageous • independent • friendly
Active and high spirited, West Highland White Terriers are popular pets. Feisty and easily aroused, they can also be wilful and independent. Westies are excellent watchdogs, but the desire to bark should be calmed early to prevent them becoming too noisy.
Originally bred to hunt and kill rats.
The Westie is alert and easily aroused, with a hard bite.
High. Enjoys exercise and play.
Owners: affectionate, loyal
Children: good if raised with them
Other pets: may kill small pets, may injure cats unless raised with them
Strangers: friendly if well socialized
Unfamiliar dogs: friendly if well socialized
Strong-willed, active owner who will enjoy this dog's excitable, independent spirit and who can provide plenty of play, exercise and training.
Dogs from some lines may display status-related aggression towards gentle owners (especially male dogs). Tends to bark excessively.
Coat will need to be clipped regularly.
- Q: My terrier has a red rash on her underbelly, can you suggest something to soothe it?
- A: The best course of action would be to make an appointment with your veterinary surgeon to have the rash examined. The rash may be a contact reaction to something she has laid down on, or it may be an allergy... More »
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