West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terriers are an extremely adorable breed of dog- and they know it. West Highland Terriers are small dogs that originated in Scotland. They are generally 10 to 12 inches in height and weigh between 13 t0 22 pounds. They are a happy and loyal breed of dog, which makes them a great choice for families.

Personality   

The West Highland White Terrier is a fearless and confident little pooch. They like to be involved and close to their owners at all times. They are also self-appointed guard dogs, and while wanting to keep watch of everything that goes on in the neighborhood. West Highland White Terriers also tend to bark at everything including noises and guests. They are a good fit for families, individuals, and couples- if their daily activity needs are being met to ensure an even temperament.

Grooming

The West Highland White Terrier is a small dog with a bright white coat. Its coat is generally two inches in length and requires regular washing to keep it clean and white. They can also be wiped down with a wet cloth between baths to keep them clean. They also require regular brushing to keep mats out of their fur. In warm climates, West Highland White Terriers may require haircuts to help keep them cool. Their nails should be trimmed monthly, and their ears cleaned once a week.

Training

West Highland White Terriers are known to have a stubborn side. They can be considered snappy when they feel like they are being threatened so it is crucial to build up a trusting relationship as soon as you can. Training a West Highland Terrier isn’t easy, but it is very important to follow through and be consistent. Not only should training begin early with a West Highland Terrier but socialization should as well. These little dogs can have big egos and require positive interactions with other animals and people to ensure that they become well socialized. Many people complain about their West Highland Terrier barking. It is very important to teach them early on that this behavior isn’t okay.

Daily Activity

Although West Highland Terriers are small, they still require daily exercise. A fenced yard is an ideal place that they can run around and expel some of their energy. Daily walks and jogs can also help to keep a West Highland Terrier even tempered and happy. This breed of dog does well in agility competitions because they like to have their minds occupied. They can play games of fetch for hours and will often be found trying to convince their owner to play with them.

Health

West Highland Terriers are generally a healthy breed of dog, living up to 14 years of age. Like all breeds, the West Highland Terrier also has some breed health concerns including: cataracts, pulmonary fibrosis, white shaker dog syndrome, generalized demodicosis and more.

A West Highland Terrier is a sweet dog that can easily become your best friend.

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