West Highland White Terrier
AVERAGE SIZE OF ADULT: Small
EXERCISE REQUIREMENT: Medium
GROOMING REQUIREMENT: Medium
AVERAGE LIFESPAN: 10-12 years
His coat needs regular grooming and professionally trimming a couple of times a year. Westies have all the traits associated with terrier breeds. Originally used for vermin control and hunting, terriers are brave, hardy characters game enough to take on most challenges that come their way and the Westie is no exception.
Westies are eager to please and generally quite easy to train, although they do have a strong drive to hunt. Many have appeared in Hollywood films and adverts such as the Caesar Dog Food commercial. They can be territorial and will bark at approaching strangers. Westies are also prone to one or two hereditary health conditions including skin problems and craniomandibular osteopathy of the jaw.
Westies can become aggressive if not well socilaised and correctly trained, thus should be born in mind if choosing a Westie as a family dog. That said the Westie is a friendly self-assured character who can do as well in the country as in the town needing a daily walk of between thirty minutes to an hour. Westies reach around 25cm in height from the wither, (that’s the bottom of the neck to the floor), and weigh between 6 to 10kg. They have a life span of up to 15 years.