West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Poltalloch Terrier, Westie
  • Size:Small
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Medium/High
  • Shedding:Low
  • Exercise Needed:Daily Walks
  • Energy Level:High
  • Protection:High, makes an effective watchdog
  • Good with Children:Yes, with gentle, older children
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:15-21 lbs
  • Height:Male: 11; Female: 10 inches
  • Coat Colour:White

West Highland White Terrier Coat

The West Highland White Terrier is a double coat breed. The outer coat is straight, harsh and wiry. The under coat is close, fluffy, and soft. Their coat is brilliant white in color and lends to this breed an elegant look. They are moderate shedders.

West Highland White Terrier Character

The West Highland White Terrier is hardy and compact, spirited and well adjusted. They have attained the status of being one of the most popular breeds. They are intelligent and usually display good manners. The Westie is playful but can also be quiet and determined.

West Highland White Terrier Temperament

The Westie is energetic and spunky. They are devoted to their family, but are not very interested in being cuddled. They alert to danger by barking and are good watchdogs. The Westie is a wonderful family pet that prefers to be the only pet in the home. They get along with children over the age of ten who are well behaved. They can be demanding and assertive, and exhibit true terrier traits. They have a tendency to snap when irritated. The West Highland White Terrier is a social, fun loving breed that does best in an active and attentive household.

West Highland White Terrier Care

The West Highland White Terrier 's double coat requires brushing twice weekly. They also require having their coat professionally stripped at least two times per year. They should only be bathed when necessary, as they are prone to dry skin. The Westie may be susceptible to deafness, patella luxation, and allergies.

West Highland White Terrier Activity

The West Highland White Terrier loves to run and explore. They are not suited for apartment living, as they are easily excitable. This high-energy breed needs at least an hour of exercise daily. The Westie must have ample yard space that is securely fenced as they have a propensity to dig. They love to engage in rough and tumble play with older children and have the stamina to do so for lengthy periods of time.

West Highland White Terrier Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the West Highland White Terrier is around 11-14 years, and there are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed. This includes Legg-Perthes, cataracts, CMO, vWD, seizures, allergies, and luxating patella. The parents of the West Highland White Terrier puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates. They should also be screened for GDC and luxating patella.