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West Highland Terriers

west highland terrierWest Highland Terriers are one of the most popular breeds of today, due mainly to their adaptability to lifestyles and their plucky personality and nature.

Whilst being intelligent, lively, full of fun, courageous, great with children and very devoted, the West Highland White Terrier is also known to be self reliant and wilful. They can be a challenge as a first dog! On the whole West Highland Terriers make excellent family pets, loving to join in with the whole family – the amount of devotion and determination crammed into its little body is quite remarkable.

Affectionately known as the 'Westie' the West Highland Terrier appears to have been bred from various other small working terriers, popular in Scotland. They excelled in otter and fox hunting in the past and although he is no longer used in this capacity, still loves to chase the odd rabbit!!


West Highland Terriers at a glance

west highland white terrierOur 4 Paw Rating - to the  suitability of West Highland Terriers for your home and lifestyle

Size 4 Paw Rating
Height - 10 - 11 inches at shoulder, weight – 15 - 22 lbs

Coat Care 4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating
Minimal shedding of this short wiry coat, brushing twice a week will normally suffice

Family Life 4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating
A real 'joiner in-nner' the Westie loves to be included, will run around as much as any child can cope with, but is equally happy to sit at and contemplate!

Lifestyle 4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating
Great for apartment living, but just as happy in the country. A really good fit to most lifestyles

Health 4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating
Life expectancy 11 - 14 years
Full screening for any hereditary problems recommended

Exercise 4 Paw Rating
As much or as little as your lifestyle allows – although diet will need to be carefully managed in a sedentary dog

Training 4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating
Bright, loyal and eager to learn. Responds best to short sessions focussed around play, rather than correction

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