West Highland White TerriersWesties may be small white dogs but don't let that fool you, their abundance of terrier personality makes up for their size. They are renown for their cheeky, opportunistic character. If a door is slightly ajar, a Westie will most certainly push it open so as not to miss any happenings.
They have the ability to suck you in (and quite possibly twist you around their little paws) with their seductive eyes and sweet expressive faces.
Also known as earth dogs due to their burrow hunting instinct, cleanliness is of little importance when a Westies mind is set on their task. To have any hope of changing their focus, you must be aware of your Westies Motivation Gauge (WMG). Westie may not always be compliant, but this does not mean that they are unintelligent. Far from it, these cheeky little thinkers always want to know what they're going to get out of a situation, before actually making the move to it.
This is a list of some of the health problems Westies are predisposed to:
Addison's disease (Hypoadrenocorticism)
Bladder Cancer (TCC)
Copper Toxicosis (CT)
Craniomandibular Osteopathy (CMO)
Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy (GCL)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Hernia (inguinal and umbilical)
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS, Dry Eye)
Pulmonary Fibrosis (Westie Lung Disease)
Pyruvate Kinase (PK) Deficiency
Seborrhea, Primary and Secondary
Skin and Allergy Problems
Teeth and Gums
White Shakers Syndrome
True or False
There are many myths surrounding the Westie breed. When rehousing a Westie, it is our job to make sure that the new family doesn't have any fictitious preconceived ideas about the breed. Especially those that may impact on the Westie itself.
True or False
Westie's come in various colours
The correct breed name is West Highland White Terrier, which highlights the fact that they only come in white
Westies are prey driven
Just like all other terrier breeds, Westies were bred to be vermin eradicators. This is why they are not recommended to live with cat, rabbits, birds & other small pets
A Westie's black pigmented skin, means they will not have any skin problems
There is no correlation between the black pigmented skin of a Westie & whether they will be prone to any skin problems.
Taking Care Of Your Westie
Grooming Your Westie