Origin and brief history:
West Highland White Terrier, also lovingly known as Westy or Westie is a tiny breed of dog that comes from the Scotland. The Westy was initially developed for hunting. Edward Donald Malcolm was responsible for developing the Westy. He owned several terriers and as story goes, one of his brown terriers was confused with a fox and was shot dead. He then decided to develop a white terrier.
This breed of dog is known for its friendliness and its level of energy. It is known for its curiosity and intelligence. They might be slightly difficult to train due to their stubborn nature. They are however, extremely lovable and are full of spunk. After minimal training, they will be friendly and sociable towards strangers. As they were initially developed for hunting, these breeds of dogs are the perfect watchdogs in spite of their size. They will bark and alert their owners if they sense even a slight danger.
The Westy’s white coat is straight and hence very easy to groom. It sheds very little occasionally. Brushing it regularly with a hard bristle comb will keep the coat tidy. The hair around the eyes and ears should be trimmed so as to make sure that the dog could see and hear with ease.
Specification of breed:
They weigh about 15 to 20 pounds and are about 10 inches tall. The average lifespan of a Westy is around 12 to 15 years.
They can’t get along too well in a household with other tiny pets like hamsters. However, they cause no harm to cats unless provoked.
The owners of this breed need to maintain a firm and confident leadership over the dog. Otherwise, the tiny little dogs will develop the Small Dog Syndrome, where he will assume that he has the right to dominate over the humans. He will start to snap and bite its owners as well as become extremely unfriendly towards strangers
They are also prone to skin diseases and hence should be taken for regular check-ups and grooming professionally.
They are usually friendly to children that are old enough to know how to play and react around the dog. If the child doesn’t know how to handle him and If the Westy is startled, he may bark or bite the child out of defense.
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