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 bigger dogs until we got our Westie puppy named Pepper. Now I am completely convinced.
I find it a lot of fun, especially when he plays soccer. It’s great for dribbling the ball. They are great watchdogs (ask my neighbor) and will announce to the world the gift of any stranger in the house.
Our very own Westie loves to travel by car; like most dogs and he goes crazy when I get 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’s still chasing our poor cat, though he’s been giving him a hit lately, just to let him know he was in the house before he got here.
When the Westie dog is fully grown, he stands around 10 to 11 inches tall for the male breed and slightly shorter for the female. The weight can range from 14 to 20 pounds and if it is cared for with regular health checks, it can have a lifespan of more than 15 years.
The westie originates from Scotland, as you can guess from the name. He was originally bred to bump into vermin, but will turn out to be a great companion dog. From my own experience, I think he still thinks he is a big dog with 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 the dead hairs from the coat. As it grows, it is recommended that you try to cut its fur every 6 weeks, especially during hot months.
In general, you will have a loyal friend and a great companion if they treat him with love and respect. They also need to know that you are the boss (alpha dog). Whatever your reason for acquiring a puppy or westie dog, you must 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 every pack there is a leader, who is known as the alpha dog. This alpha dog makes decisions for the whole pack and everyone else in that pack has a place and knows their place. If you do not assume the role of leader, the Westie will generally try to step in to try to fill this role of alpha dog. This is when the problems begin.