West Highland Terrier
The West Highland White Terrier- popularly known as Westie is an adorable small white-coated pooch that is extremely lovable and full of self-esteem. Discover more about our West Highland White Terrier puppies for sale below!
Dating back over 300 years ago, the West Highland White Terrier was bred to hunt and eradicate rodents which were damaging crops and infesting diseases in Scotland.
The West Highland White Terrier is a confident, friendly and lively canine. Almost always adored and amusing to be around, however, this breed doesn’t like to have its private space invaded. It doesn’t appreciate being overly smothered. The Westie loves being around people and other pets however it may show aggression towards smaller animals and other terrier breeds. This doesn’t mean the Westie is a trouble maker. On the contrary, this pooch gets along with almost everyone and fits right in as part of the family.
The Westie is moderately adaptable to the environment and climate. Owing to the past when these pooches were used as hunting dogs to prey on rodent-sized animals, they can be quite the wanderers so it goes without saying a fence imperative.
The West Highland White Terrier is considered rather energetic, after all, centuries ago it was a hunting dog. However, these canines are quite independent can be found still being exploring and lively even without supervision with its owner. Nonetheless, it is important to stimulate the Westie with about a 30minute walk and play.
The West Highland White Terrier has a double coat which requires brushing daily. Bathing should be done only when necessary to avoid the sparkling white coat to lose its color over time. It should be wiped frequently especially regions around the face, ears, and tail. Nail trimming should also be done weekly. For show dogs, a higher level of grooming is practiced which includes plucking dead hairs and trimming by a professional groomer, especially around the face to give it that round shape that show dogs have.
Our West Highland White Terrier puppies for sale come from either USDA licensed commercial breeders or hobby breeders with no more than 5 breeding mothers. USDA licensed commercial breeders account for less than 20% of all breeders in the country.
The unregulated breeders who are selling outside of the USDA regulations and without a license are what we consider to be “Puppy Mills.” We are committed to offering West Highland White Terrier puppies who will grow up to become important members of your family. We only purchase puppies from the very best sources, and we stand behind every puppy we sell.
Contact us today to learn more about the availability of our West Highland White Terrier puppies for sale. We look forward to helping you find your next family member. Our pet counselors can answer any questions you have about our West Highland White Terrier puppies.
Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions About the West Highland White Terrier
- Are West Highland White Terriers good family dogs?
The West Highland White Terrier is a very social dog with friendly traits that are amiable. They do well with children as well as adults. They are also good with other pets, including cats. However, the Westie does not particularly do well with smaller animals as it was initially bred to hunt such in the past.
- What is the lifespan of a West Highland White Terrier?
The West Highland White Terrier has a life expectancy of up to 13-15years.
- How frequently do West Highland White Terriers shed?
This canine rarely sheds its tough coat or may never at all.
- How hard is it to train a West Highland White Terrier?
The West Highland White Terrier is a confident dog and can often be difficult to train only when it’s gone about the wrong way. Training should start from a young age so that the Westie pup can grow into the routine. Also, reinforcement also works especially well when the pup shows desirable behavior. With the right routine and patience, a novice can successfully train a West Highland White Terrier.
- Are West Highland White Terriers aggressive?
West Highland White Terriers are often aggressive when their personal space and possessions stop being private. This could include things like food, or toys, or even being overly smothered by admirers or children. Just like many many dominant dogs, the Westie can be aggressive towards other male dogs and smaller animals it perceives threatening to its territory.
- What is the cost of a West Highland White Terrier puppy?
The price may be towards the higher side due to the availability of the pups and its condition as regards grooming. However it varies, contact us today to learn more about the availability and cost of West Highland White Terrier puppies.
- How much exercise do West Highland White Terriers need?
The Westie does not need so much exercise unlike other breeds due to its adaptability, however, exercise is just as important to the physical and mental health of the dog. At least a 30-minute walk once or twice a day with its owner is required for proper development.
- Does a West Highland White Terrier require much grooming?
West Highland White Terriers are not necessarily hard to groom (unless you are grooming a show dog, of which professional help would be required). However, they do need to be frequently brushed down and thoroughly wiped clean to avoid bacteria from gathering
- Are West Highland White Terriers good guard dogs?
The Westie is very much conscious of the environment and alert and can, therefore, serve as a good watchdog. However, due to its small frame and being obviously less frightening the westie does not make for a good guard dog.
- Male or female West Highland White Terrier?
Both male and female Westies have their pros and cons so it is really up to the owner.
The West Highland White Terrier is in no doubt one of the most favorite picks for dog lovers. A bundle of confidence, charm, and loyalty all wrapped up in a cute little package.