West Highland White Terrier
- ACK recognized in: 1908
- Lifespan: 13-15 years
- Size: Medium
- Energy: Medium
- Recommended Crate Size: 30” dog crate*
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The West Highland White Terrier, or Westie, is one of the cutest dogs and one of the most popular for apartment living. Pet owners choose the Westie as a companion due to its charming nature. It has been known hunt rats and furry critters. It is an active dog, but the muscle is sturdy and tough.
The West Highland White Terrier is a breed from Scotland. Its coat is harsh with a white undercoat. In the 16th century Edward Donald Malcolm created the modern white breed of Westie. The Westie was recognized for the first time in 1908 by the American Kennel Club. It is a medium sized dog from the Terrier group.
The Westie has a double coat of fur. It has dark, piercing eyes and a compact appearance despite its medium sized body. The West Highland Terrier is known as a very intelligent dog. The West Highland Terrier has solid jaws that act like scissors. It has a lower back and shoulder position with short legs that make it look stronger.
The proper nutrition for feeding West Highland Terrier depends on his size, age, metabolism and activity level. It is recommended to feed him twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
You should visit the veterinarian to help you decide what and how much feed for your dog. Ensure fresh water is always available.
The West Highland White Terrier is like other Terriers in his group, which have a soft and curly coat. The coat is not long on his head but the hair is wavy. The Westie is easy to groom by regular brushing to minimize stray hairs in the house. Brushing its teeth will ensure good mouth health and trimming its nails will avoid any splitting or cracking.
The West Highland Terrier needs 30-45 minutes of exercise every day. A good routine is taking a short walk each morning. Another activity is flyball, as the Westie is a fast runner that loves to play this game.
Pet Crate Size
The standard crate size for the West Highland White Terrier is the 30” dog crate.*
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