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?
- Their signature white coat makes them a very attractive breed
- Can live in a large variety of homes
- Lively and playful companions
- Westies love to dig and may cause damage to your backyard
- Are not a good fit for families with young children
- Can suffer from a skin disease called Westie Armadillo Syndrome
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