The West Highland White Terrier is a small, game hardy-looking terrier,
possessed of no small amount of self esteem.Originally bred for hunting small vermin and rabbit the Westie is now primarily
a companion dog but he still retains his hunting instincts. A self assured little dog with lots of attitude the westie is
happy to either accompany you on a 10k ramble or spend the day lying at the foot of your bed if you don’t feel well…but
whatever, his most important need is your company.
Do they require a lot of grooming?
they need regular brushing and trimming four to six times a year. They have a harsh top coat and a soft under coat. For the
pet owner this means brushing out two to three times a week to remove excess undercoat to stop it matting and tangling between
trips to the dog groomer. They do not shed a lot of hair in the house like other short haired breeds. Being a “white”
breed they require an occasional bath, however too much bathing can strip the oil from their coat and make it dry so a bath
not more than every two to three weeks is best. It is possible to keep him white in between with an occasional ‘dry
cleaning’ with chalk and potato flour.
How much exercise do they need?
They are quite an active little breed and given the chance they love to go for
a brisk walk around the block or run through the paddocks. Due to their spontaneous nature they need to be on a lead at all
times where there is any possibility of cars or other danger.
How obedient are they?
can be taught manners and basic obedience they are not always the most obedient of dogs and like to do things in their own
time. The need for a well fenced area at home and a leash out in public is essential.
Are they good with children?
but the children should be at least school age or older. Younger children require constant supervision with the puppy. As
long as the children are respectful and non abusive to the dog they can be great companions. If the dog can not cope with
a situation it is likely to remove itself but if chased after or cornered they may nip.