West Highland Terriers are a hardy small, dog of the AKC Terrier Group. Their non-shedding coat make them an excellent choice for allergy sufferers. This spunky and lively little dog loves companionship. Due to their low exercise needs, they are wonderful pets for the elderly as well as those living in apartments and condominiums. Westies, as they are often called, are very friendly and also do well with families with older, respectful children. Their coats will need weekly brushing and professional grooming every three-four months.
West Highland Terrier Breed Facts:
Grooming: The non-shedding, shaggy coat of a Westie will need weekly brushings and grooming every 3 to 4 months.
Social Skills: This little dog gets along with other dogs and household pets. May chase cats for fun, but will not harm them.
Personality: Very devoted to its owner, Westies are playful and affectionate. They possess a "big dog' in a little body attitude and are a very hardy dog. Generally quiet, they are fearless towards any aggressor. They make good watchdogs despite their small size.
Children: Very good with older, respectful children.
Housing: Very lively and easily adapts to any indoor living conditions. Ideal for apartment and condo living. Make nice companions for the elderly.
Exercise: Low. Neighborhood walks are fine.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily.
Health: Chronic skin problems, hip problems, jawbone calcification, hernias, and liver disease. More information on West Highland Terrier inherited health disorders.
History: West Highland Terriers have an origin from Scotland whose purpose was to hunt fox, rats, and other vermin. Westies were actually developed by a breeder of Cairn Terriers who happened upon getting white pups in his litters. These pups were selected to obtain the Westie we know today.