About West Highland White Terriers


BREED STANDARD
The West Highland White Terrier (Westie) is a small well-balanced hardy looking terrier, exhibiting good showmanship. They are elegant looking with a beautiful, shiny white coat and bright, button eyes, shaggy eyebrows and a black nose. An intelligent dog who learns quickly West Highland White Terriers love human companionship and will play with their family indoors or out. Their size makes them great for an apartment but they are just as at home in the country. West Highland White Terriers make great companions for children of all ages. Westies on average range from 10-11 inches tall and 15-25 pounds. They have a double coat that is wiry on the outside and soft on the inside. Regular grooming is required to keep the coat clean and free of tangles. Expected lifespan is 12-14 years.

GROOMING
Westies have a stiff dry coat. To keep it looking its best, regular grooming is a must. Stripping (or plucking) the old, dead hair is the traditional way of taking care of the terrier coat and is the grooming method that must be used if showing your dog. Pet owners often have their dogs coats clipped for neatness. Usually a visit to the groomer every 4-6 weeks will work just fine. Daily brushing and combing is important. Remember, because Westies have such a dry coat, bathing too often can be more harmful than helpful. Once a month bathing is fine.

TRAINING
Although Westies are small, they still have a big desire to chase birds, rabbits, and other small animals. Be sure that you have s sturdy leash and collar for your dog and a fenced area if left alone. Remember digging after all those varmints is just as much fun as chasing after them so be sure your area is "dig proof." Never let your dog roam. Westies are small and quick and cars are lethal. Inside your dog needs a safe haven. A crate, pen, or small room works great, but remember a bored Westie can be destructive. Introduce a crate and exercise pen at an early age, and they can be a place of safety and comfort while at home or traveling. Spending time now to socialize and train your young puppy will reap huge rewards later. Not only is a trained dog a happy dog, but you will form a close bond with your dog that will last a lifetime.

IDENTIFICATION
Please identify your puppy with a safe form of identification such as a microchip,collar ,and tags. 

NEUTERING VS. BREEDING
Is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your dog. Be aware that neutered dogs live longer than those left entire. Male Westies which have been neutered do not have testicular cancer and are at greatly reduced risk of prostate problems, cancerous and otherwise. In addition, dominance and aggression in males is often hormonally linked. Females will not have uterine cancers or other uterine infections, which are not uncommon in unspayed females. Mammary tumor incidence is greatly reduced in females spayed before their first season, and a spayed female won't be attracting all the neighborhood dogs. Breeding is a serious undertaking, best left to those who have the knowledge to do it well, and who are committed to the responsibility for the puppies brought into our often uncaring world. Breeding is a lot of work. Many long hours are required to keep a litter of puppies clean, fed, and properly socialized through the early weeks of life. Many additional hours are spent researching stud dogs and pedigrees, as responsible breeders endeavor to produce puppies better than either parent. It can also be very expensive. And it can be heart-breaking. Even in the skilled hands of an experienced breeder, the birth of a litter can end tragically. The busy Westie is happy, curious, and always in the thick of things. It is affectionate and demanding, one of the friendliest terriers. It enjoys a daily romp in a safe area or a walk on a lead, as well as playtime at home.
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