ALL ABOUT™ WEST HIGHLAND WHITE TERRIERS
West Highland White Terrier Puppy & Breed Information
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The West Highland White Terrier originated in Scotland as a good and cunning hunter with plenty of spunk and personality. In more modern times, he is an ideal house pet with great intelligence and a happy attitude.
West Highland White Terrier Coat, Color, Care: Westies have a short, hard, double coat which doesn’t mat but requires a occasional professional clipping and grooming to keep him looking his best. His little beard needs daily cleaning to prevent discoloration and bacterial growth.
Westie Personality: Not at all conceited, he’s very confident and just a touch enamored of himself. He moves with purpose and power for such a little guy but that is his personality! Alert to everything around him, owners say the West Highland White is as mentally quick as he is physically agile.
Exercise Requirements: West Highland White Terriers have boundless energy without being hyperactive. The Westie may chase a ball across the penthouse living room but he will thrive on regular outdoor exercise. A fenced yard will do but this little Terrier will never turn down an exploratory hunt in the woods or barn and unwinding in play will prevent nervous habits such as chewing or licking.
Health Concerns: Basically a hardy healthy dog, Westies are prone to allergies and problems with dry skin which can escalate to infection if left untreated. The allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects. A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders. Hernias and liver disease is not uncommon, and joint problems can develop in overweight, out of condition dogs.
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