West Highland White TerrierThe beautiful, shaggy coat, the button nose and the small prick ears make this breed very attractive. Your body is compact. The head is foxy. However, the white coat is their trademark: Smooth, harsh top coat and soft, full undercoat. Adult West Highland White Terriers measure 28 cm and weigh 7 to 10 kg.
– Dogs for New Dog Owners – Beyond Basics Training – Active Walks – 60 min. movement per day
– Small dog – Normal salivation – Grooming 2-3 times a week – Non-hypoallergenic breed
– Alert dog – Alert dog that barks and barks – Needs acclimation – Needs training and acclimation to get along with children
The West Highland White Terrier is fearless, confident and affectionate and absolutely loyal to his family. He is bright and brave, which makes him a good watchdog, but can also be cunning and stubborn. He must be familiarized with cats when he is still a puppy, otherwise he will chase them when he is older. West Highland White Terriers can be very self-conscious, so training is highly recommended!
Country of Origin: Scotland
West Highland White Terrier was bred for hunting otters, foxes and varmints. From the rough-coated terrier population in Scotland, white puppies were selected for breeding these pedigree dogs. James I., King of England in the 1620s, requested some "small white earth dogs" from Argyleshire in Scotland and these were probably the Wesst Highland White Terriers.
Legend has it that Colonel Malcolm de Poltalloch, Argyleshire, accidentally shot his favorite dark terrier and vowed to keep only white dogs from then on (which could not be mistaken for foxes) – these were called "Poltalloch Terriers". The estate of the Baron of Argyll in Dumbartonshire was called Roseneath and in 19. In the nineteenth century, these white terriers were created in honor of his promotion. His interest in the breed called "Roseneath Terrier.
The most common health problem of these breed dogs are skin allergies. However, the breed may also be affected by a hereditary bone disease of the jaws.
The West Highland White Terrier needs exercise. He is an energetic little dog who loves to play with a little ball. He enjoys digging and roaming, so you should fence your garden to prevent escape. An adult Westie needs about an hour and a half of exercise daily, but the active dog will gladly accept more!
Small and compact, the Westie is not hard to keep around. A secure garden is essential as they are able to jump many times their own height, squeeze through small spaces and dig enthusiastically under an obstacle. It is suitable for both urban and rural areas, though training is required to teach a Westie not to bark at every noise or moving object.
Small breeds, like the West Highland White Terrier, give off a lot of heat because of their relatively large body surface, therefore their basic metabolism is increased, and the energy requirement is increased. Since their stomachs are small, they have to eat small portions several times a day. Food for small breeds is specially formulated to provide the right proportions of key nutrients and to provide the appropriate kibble size for smaller mouths. This animates to chew. Improves digestion.
If your Westie is dirty, it is best to wait until the dirt dries and then brush it off. The coat should be trimmed two or three times a year by a groomer (dead hair is plucked out). Weekly grooming is necessary to remove loose hairs.
The Westie will enjoy the training as long as you let him believe that it was his own idea. He will work hard for food rewards and toys to chase, tug and shred. Early recall training and socialization with children, cats and pets are important. The Westie is an intelligent. Versatile dog. If you enjoy training, there is no reason why the Westie should not do well in a variety of dog sports and competitions.
Even if the popular opinion is that most of the dogs are family dogs resp. get along well with children, requires some education on the part of both the dog and the children on how to treat each other respectfully and safely. Dogs and small children should never be left alone together, but should always play together under supervision.