Dog Breed profiles
West Highland White Terrier Breed Profile
West Highland White Terrier fact file
KC Group: terrier
Good with children?: yes recommended
Exercise requirement: moderate
Good guard dogs?: would bark
Moulting level: low
Jogging partner: short runs
Confidant, alert and friendly, the Westie is a popular choice due to their friendly nature and size.
West Highland White Terrier Character
Alert, playful and stubborn. They can be quite individual in their characters - owners' comments range from the perfect children's companion to those who just like to be left alone. Socialization is key. They make excellent watchdogs and will alert you to strangers approaching your house. Will take as little or as much exercise as you can give. The Breed Standard describes them as "small, active, game, hardy, possessed of no small amount of self-esteem with a varminty appearance." And let's not forget their cheekiness either!
West Highland White Terrier Size
Small - the Breed Standard stipulates up to 28cm.
West Highland White Terrier Health
Skin complaints are a common problem in the breed, but other than that, they are generally a healthy dog.
West Highland White Terrier Special Care
Always source your breeder with care and be aware of the breed's skin condition. Other than that, this is a pretty hardy dog.
Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.