The West Highland Terrier, affectionately referred to as the ‘Westie’, is a lively and friendly member of the Terrier breed. A devoted and loving dog, the Westie is a popular family dog who is easily recognized by it’s white double coat (or wheaten if out of show) and dark eyes. In young puppies, the nose and footpads have pink markings, which slowly turn black as it ages.
The Westie is alert and always happy to be the center of attention. This dog is known to be the friendliest of the Scottish breeds of terrier, though it is also known to be stubborn and willful which makes training more of a challenge Early socialization is especially important to accustom your West Highland Terrier to other animals, people and different environments. Like all terriers, you can expect a high prey drive from this dog and a strong desire to chase moving objects. The Westie requires a great deal of exercise to keep his mind calm and to prevent destructive behaviors within the home. The average Westie weighs 15 to 20 lbs. and has a life expectancy of 12-16 years. If you seek a healthy, intelligent and loyal breed, the West Highland Terrier may just be the right dog for you!