West Highland Terrier

Growth Size

Westies grow to a height of 25 – 35cm, and a weight of up to 7kg.

Lifespan

12 – 16 years.

Temperament

Friendly towards strangers, and a great companion for children. This breed loves companionship. To ensure good behaviour inside the house, it is advised that owners walk or exercise their pet daily.

Training Difficulty

Westies are intelligent dogs that are very quick to learn. Their intelligence is often underestimated because of their cute looks, which often leads to owners being trained by their Westie (rather than the other way around!).

Recommended Owners

Because of their non-shedding coat Westies are suitable for people with allergies.

Origin

Originating in Poltalloch, Scotland, the West Highland Terrier was originally bred for controlling vermin populations. This breed has been renamed a few times, starting as the Poltalloch Terrier, then later being called the Roseneath Terrier after the Duke of Argyll's estate. It was first recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1908 and once again renamed (to the West Highland Terrier) the following year.

Diet

A half to one and a half cups of high quality dry food a day, spread across two meals. Half this amount can be substituted for wet food if desired.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Due to their wiry coat, Westies should not be bathed too often, although weekly brushing is recommended. If their owner does not maintain their coat, a professional groom once every 2-3 months is recommended.

Comments

The white coat of this breed was selectively bred so that the dog would not be mistaken with the vermin it was chasing.