The West Highland White Terrier is an intelligent, lovable, active and fun-loving animal. I’m a bit biased, being the author of crazy about westies. To be honest, I preferred larger dogs until we got our Westie puppy named Pepper. Now I am completely conquered.
I find it very funny, especially when playing soccer. He’s just great at dribbling the ball. They make excellent watchdogs (ask my neighbor) and will announce the presence of any stranger in the house to the world.
Our very own Westie loves to travel in the car; like most dogs and he goes crazy when he takes off the leash to take him for a walk. It’s hard to imagine how small he was when he first entered the house. He still chases our poor cat, although he has been beating him up lately, just to let him know that she was in the house before he got there.
When the Westie dog is fully grown, it stands around 10-11 inches tall for the male breed and a little smaller for the female. The weight can range from 14 to 20 pounds and, if taken care of with regular health checks, can have a lifespan of more than 15 years.
The Westie has its origin in Scotland, as you can guess from the name. He was originally bred to fight vermin, but will make a great companion dog. From my own experience, I think he still thinks he’s a big dog in a small body. I have also found that he rarely backs down from any dog.
Introduce your Westie puppy to the grooming cycle as soon as possible. Brushing the coat regularly will remove dead hairs from the coat. When he is an adult, it is recommended that you try to trim his coat every 6 weeks, especially during the warmer months.
In general, you will have a loyal friend and a great partner if you treat him with love and respect. They also need to know that you are the boss (alpha dog). Whatever your reason for getting a puppy or Westie, you need to remember that dogs are animals, not humans. In reality, for some owners it is a difficult bridge to cross, because their dogs are their children.
Dogs by nature are pack animals and in each pack there is a leader, who is known as the alpha dog. This alpha dog makes decisions for the entire pack and everyone else in that pack has a place and knows their place. If he doesn’t take on the role of leader, the Westie will usually try to step in to try and fill this role of alpha dog. This is when the problems start.