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West Highland Terrier

Size: Small

Weight: 15 - 22 lbs.

Height: 11"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: Deafness; allergies; kneecap slippage; hernias; enzyme deficiencies; cataracts; Legg-Perthes disease; prone to copper toxicosis; excessive growth of head bones

Origin: Scotland

Also Known As: Westie

Group: Terrier

Category: Companion Dog, Earth Dog

Exercise Needs

At least an hour of daily exercise recommended for the West Highland Terrier - several walks and some vigorous playtime. This breed is not well-suited for apartment living. A fenced yard with ample space would be the ideal environment for the West Highland Terrier.

Grooming Needs

The West Highland Terrier has a coarse, wiry double coat that needs brushed twice a week. Trim 3 - 4 times yearly. This breed is a moderate shedder and prone to dry skin. Bathe only if absolutely necessary.

Temperament

The West Highland Terrier is high-spirited, bold, loyal, playful, and independent. This is a devoted breed, although its not "cuddly." The West Highland Terrier has lots of stamina."

Compatibility with Kids

Should be introduced early to children. Best with older, well-behaved children. Usually good with other dogs, may chase strange cats.

History

Westies are believed to date back to King James I. These dogs were used in Scotland in the 1800s to hunt fox, badger, rats and other small animals. White dogs were preferred for their visibility, This, all West Highland Terriers are white today. These dogs love to dig and hunt.

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