The West Highland White Terrier, or Westie as they’re more commonly called, is a tenacious little dog. The Westie is an active pup, who needs at least a daily walk to keep them out of trouble, if left with too much free time they will find ways to busy themselves. Naturally playful, Westies are good with children who can play gently with them. Originally bred to hunt rats and other vermin, Westies have a strong prey drive and will often ‘hunt’ in their own backyards.
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Top 10 Facts
1. The Westie has a rough outer coat and a softer dense undercoat that keeps them warm.
2. Westies are quite vocal, sounding the ‘alarm’ at anything out of the ordinary.
3. Westies were bred to hunt rodents and therefore still have a high prey drive.
4. Easily identified with it’s sparkling white coat, short little legs, and pricked ears. The Westie has a dapper face.
5. Originated in Scotland, the Westie was recognized by the AKC in 1909 and has been a moderately popular breed since then.
6. Westies love to be with their owners and make wonderful travel companions, always ready for another adventure.
7. A hardy breed for its small size, supervised play between Westies and children is always recommended to avoid either getting injured.
8. This dog stands 10 or 11 inches tall at the shoulder, so he’s bigger than ‘under foot’ but definitely not up to knee-height.
9. This breed enjoys a regular brushing with a bristled brush to de-tangle their coarse coat.
10. Westies have a life span of 12-16 years, meaning this is a canine companion who will be a part of your life for years to come.