The West Highland White Terrier (or Westie) is full of life and self-esteem. They are considered to be extremely easygoing companions because they are happy, evenly tempered, and will never feel the need to challenge or demand anything from anyone. Unlike most dogs, the Westie thrives with other dogs in the home. Barking to announce visitors (or anything for that matter) is common, however with the right training they will only bark when they see or hear something. West Highland White Terriers are quick learners which means that training them will be a breeze. For first time dog owners, look no further – the West Highland White Terrier is an all around great dog.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Crate training is something to consider with your Westie as it will help them accept confinement if it should ever need to be boarded or hospitalised. This breed only needs a moderate amount of exercise, about 20-30 minutes of walking or playtime per day. Some Westies like to swim, but they should be supervised at all times while doing so. They are low shedders and a weekly groom is all thats needed to rid of any loose hairs. They can be left alone at home with two working people as long as you provide toys and turn the radio on.
Common Health Issues
West Highland White Terriers are prone to: Craniomandibular Osteopathy, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Cataracts, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Patellar Luxation.