The West Highland Terrier, known as Westies by breed enthusiasts, are known for their friendly disposition, snow white fur coats, and dark almond shaped eyes. Due to their friendly manner and compact size, Westies make for perfect travel companions. Despite their lush white fur coats, a Westie actually sheds little to no fur. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t need to be groomed regularly; they require frequent brushing and consistent grooming to maintain said lush white fur coat.
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Top 10 Facts
1. Westies first originated from Poltalloch, Scotland, which is why they were originally called Poltalloch Terriers.
2. Like many other short legged breeds, they were originally used to control vermin population.
3. Their almost shed-free coat makes them a top choice for allergy suffering dog lovers.
4. Westies first originated when white Cairn Terrier pups were born into a Scottish Cairn Terrier breeder’s litter.
5. You may have noticed two Westies facing each other in Juicy Couture’s logo.
6. Or have seen them on the tins of Cesar’s dog food.
7. A Westie’s lifespan can reach up to 15 years or more!
8. If an unknown cat crosses a Westie’s territory, he or she is likely to chase the cat.
9. They’re an independent, energetic, and busy breed, so they need lots to do to keep them out of trouble.
10. Many Westies are known to be quite the diggers, which is why they need to be kept occupied.