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West Highland White Terrier

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There is no such thing as too much confidence, or so the West Highland White Terrier will have you believe!

These extroverts are ideal pets for anyone looking for an active, social and versatile companion.

Where I'm From

West Highland White Terriers are the cousins British dogs such as the Cairn, the Border and the Scottish Terrier.

Originating in the Scottish Highlands, this breed was developed to chase and hunt small animals such as mice and rabbits. Their distinguishable white fur made the Westie a favourite amongst people of the region, as it was easy to tell them apart from vermin and prey.

These cuddly pooches have been known by many names, from Argylshire to Poltalloch to Roseneath.

Today they are known simply as West Highland White Terriers, referring to their place of origin and the colour of their coats.

What I Look Like

The short-legged terriers are stocky and compact. They have cute dark eyes and noses, with a perpetual innocent look on their faces.

Their fluffy-looking fur is always an eye-catching white, hence their name.

Their pristine double-coats are bright and attractive.

How I Act

Westies tend to think really highly of themselves. Easily excitable, they are confident little creatures with tons of self-esteem and love playing around with their owners.

Like other breeds of terriers, Westies are bright and alert. This makes them excellent watchdogs who will warn their family is a stranger is approaching.

They are also excellent diggers, so if you don’t mind having a couple of holes in your backyard, then these friendly pets are right for you.

Not afraid to defend against aggressors, Westies will not hesitate to stand up for themselves if they feel threatened. – meaning they may not be a good choice for families with young children who might accidentally aggravate them.

Looking After Me

Westies are as lively as any other terrier, and thus require daily walks to burn off excess energy.

Being versatile means they are happy to live in homes with limited space such as apartments but do take into account that this breed requires careful attention to their grooming.

A nice brush two or three times a week, and hair clipping every couple of months will keep their coats looking neat and fresh.

Unfortunately, these cute pooches are at risk of developing an illness known as Westie Armadillo Syndrome.

This is a genetic skin disorder in which the body becomes inflamed, and yeast infections may develop as a result.

Am I the pet for you?

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.