The West Highland White Terrier, more simply called the Westie by their adoring fans, was originally bred to hunt otters, foxes, and vermin but are now celebrated for their devotion and loyalty to their owners. As the old saying goes, “a dog is a man’s best friend,” and certainly this applies to the Westie. Alert and attentive, Westies make great watch-dogs. Since they are not known to be yappy dogs, you know if they are barking there is sure to be a good reason. You can rest-assured knowing your Pomona Park home is protected by your trusty and faithful Westie.
Although the Westie is an independent, self-confident dog, they do not like being left alone for long periods at a time. (Who doesn’t suffer from separation anxiety every now and then?) However, this makes them a great on-the-go travel companion – ideal for long car trips, boat rides, and walks.
Allergies to dander? Then the Westie might be the dog for you. No need to worry about a runny nose or itchy eyes with this non-shedding, small breed dog. Plus, cleaning dog hair and removing odors from your furniture, carpet, and clothes is minimal.
Westies are usually around 10 to 11 inches in height and about 14-20 lbs. in weight. Their sturdy, compact, and low-to-the-ground stature is conducive with their curious personality and high-energy levels. They love to run, fetch, and generally play well with other dogs and older children. Remember, Westies are hardwired to hunt – they have a keen sense of smell and love to dig. Running after squirrels and birds is second nature for your furry friend. Worried about your Westie getting a little dirty? Since Westies are people-oriented and love getting pampered, bath time is hassle-free. Their iconic, soft, bright white coat can be admired again in no time.
Of course, it is impossible to determine what kind of dog your Westie will grow up to be. Their emotional temperament relies on the patience and commitment of you, their master. Westies can be a good show dog, an obedient watch-dog, or a robust yard dog. With the right training, Westies are capable of adapting to nearly any environment.