Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): Westie; Westies; Westy
The high-spirited White Highland White Terrier is a sturdy dog with a large spirit in a small package, a combination that attracts pet owners who want an energetic companion who likes to play. This breed was developed from a female Scottish Terrier that produced white puppies, and the terrier instinct to chase down vermin like rats and foxes still survives. The Westie doesn't belong in a household with smaller pets that invite the chase, including rodents and rabbits. It can also present a challenge to an unconfident owner who doesn't know how to properly train a bold, somewhat stubborn dog. However, if you know how to establish limits, you can have a lot of fun with the Westie.
Appearance / health:
The West Highland White Terrier is a small, strongly built, and hardy terrier. The almond-shaped eyes are widely set apart. The chest is deep and strongly built with a straight back. The tail is relatively short. The forelegs are muscular.
The Westie’s coat is fairly easy to groom and sheds little to no hair. All it needs to keep the coat looking good is regular brushing with a stiff bristle brush. Regular bathing is not required; the Westie needs to be bathed only when necessary. Hair around the ears and eyes require trimming with blunt nosed scissors. The whole coat is normally trimmed once every four months and stripped on a yearly basis.
Though these dogs enjoy regular walks or play sessions in the park, they don’t mind missing their exercise once in a while.
The Westie is a generally fairly healthy breed. They are susceptible to skin problems, hip problems, and liver disease.
Behavior / temperament:
The West Highland White Terrier is a very playful companion dog. Despite the small size, the Westie does well as a watchdog. The breed likes to dig and bark.
Westies can learn fast and can excel in obedience competition. These strong-willed dogs need to be handled firmly and consistently without harshness.
The breed can be quite noisy and tends to bark at every new sight and sound. They may not be the breed for people who live close to their neighbors. They should not left outside in the yard, unsupervised.
affectionate, Westies Rule, great family dog, enthusiasm, big personality
strange people, holy terror, dry skin problems, high prey drive, barker
hearty appetite, recall training, relatively lowmaintenance, coarse double coat, bright white coats
Happiest dogs in the world
West highland white terriers are one of my favorite breeds of dog ever! I have had several Westies in my lifetime and I am here to tell you about their unique qualities. Currently we have two Westies, Bonnie and Oreo. Both of these dogs have been with us since they were puppies. They are nine and eleven years old and based on the longevity of the breed and their healthy lifestyles, they may well live into their twenties! In 2006 we had three young daughters, a Chihuahua and a miniature Italian Greyhound/Chihuahua mix (both rescues) and we were definitely not looking for another dog. My husband (who knew I had raised Westies in my 20's, rescued and unexpectedly brought Oreo home one day. I heard him come in the side door and say, "Don't be mad." I looked up and in my husband's arms was this little face (Oreo was about 5 1/2 months old at the time) and not knowing whether to kiss or kill my husband, I reached out and put the puppy on the floor. Our two little black dogs came and stood on either side of him. All three of them looked up at me as if to say, "Hey, mama, we make an Oreo cookie, right?" My children came running into the room and the decision was made! Two years later when the call came about a female being born the "runt" of a litter and having made it through the night, we knew we had to form a quartet! Bonnie joined us in 2008 and not a day goes by that we don't thank our lucky stars these two characters have us and each other. It was love at first sight for us and we highly recommend the breed to you. Westies are one of the most intelligent dogs ever bred! Their disposition screams happiness on a daily basis. Oreo was housebroken and learned several adorable tricks very quickly. Sit, stay, come, beg, roll over, speak, fetch and dance became part of a daily routine within weeks. We "crate trained" him to house break him. This is a method I really like because the puppy's paws seldom touch the floors for the first 7-10 days. When he was with us indoors, we were holding him or working on behavior training. When we were outside in the backyard, he had supervised free time to explore. Oreo was tucked into his crate at night on the floor near my bed and in the morning I opened the door, picked him up and took him straight to the lawn in the backyard to do his business. Every day we walked him on a leash in the morning and the evening. These dogs crave a consistent routine when they are young and if you provide them with a schedule, as adult dogs they will be able to travel anywhere with you. Westies need mental stimulation as well. They were originally bred to go after small game and even to climb down into dens or the crags in rocks to retrieve food. Books written about the breed tell that their short docked tails were designed for a hunter to be able to reach down into a space and pull them out, using their tails like a handle, with the small game still in their mouth! These dogs are seemingly never too tired to chase a ball, fetch a stick or learn any number of tricks. Their curious nature can get them into lots of trouble if they are not continually redirected and behavior trained at an early age. They are very social dogs and love to be part of a pack or clan. Puppy training (classes) are recommended to help with focus. Once a Westie learns a behavior, it will become part of his identity and he will use the ability to charm you constantly. They mimic human traits and can pick up vocabulary like no other dog I've owned. Like little humans with fur they will wait until you are talking and take a "cue" from any conversation you are having to perform for you. In fact, these little guys are such good actors I have often considered building an act and taking it on the road! America's Got Talent, look out! Whether you are a single, a couple or you are not sure what might happen in the future, Westie's are the perfect dog for the long haul. Families with young children are rewarded with loyal pets who do not balk at the constant attention and handling that toddlers and children like to bestow upon their pets. A word of caution about puppies however. Teething will be done on ANY object within reach, so before they play together, be sure your child is old enough to understand the puppy is not "biting" them or perhaps it is better to keep babies and very young children together with the puppy ONLY under close adult supervision. The breed is hearty and does well with only an occasional bath but if you really want to show off the lines, have or learn how to do your own grooming on a regular basis. Nail trimming is essential and should start at an early age so that your pet will not balk at it in the future. Westies look best with a closely shaved neck and back, tapered to the floor skirt and short cropped and feathered tail and ears. There are many books written on the subject and "stripping" is the method I prefer to use. Sometimes the "puppy cut" is best if your yard has long, rangy grass, no grass or burr weeds. There have been several occasions where our "white" dogs were not white at all and living in the drought of California we had a tough time keeping grass instead of dirt down in the yard. This cut has the added benefit of making your dog look like a youngster, too! West Highland Whites have notoriously dry skin so keeping the corn and allergens from their diet is very helpful to alleviate itching. Grain free foods with an Omega 3 (fish oil) added are really helpful to maintain a shiny coat. Puppies should be "plucked" daily at an early age to ensure that a strong top coat will follow the downy, soft undercoat they are born with. A regular coat and teeth brushing is in order as well. Puppies have an inherent need to chew so be sure to supply good quality toys and healthy items in order to keep your best shoes and personal items free from damage. Nylabone with nubs makes a wonderful puppy chew item. Our dogs are STILL happy to pull this style bone out of the toy box and gnaw away. Until recently I personally have frowned upon rawhide for this (or any) breed because of the digestive problems and brown markings on their fur that can become problematic around a Westie's mouth as a result of chewing rawhide. Recently our veterinarian introduced an "enzymatic" rawhide to his dental line of products and we picked some up after Oreo had his teeth professionally cleaned. So far, with a weekly brushing, he has been doing very well and so has his BFF, Bonnie. As our dogs have begun to age, we have also introduced products like glucosamine chondroitin on occasion to help with arthritis, joint stiffness and a hip or back pain issues that come up with a change of weather. As I write this, my girl has her head on my shoulder and reminds me that such is life. We all need a nap every once in awhile to be able to perform like we did when we were kids. They may be getting a bit older but every night around 7:30pm when they look at each other and then start to wrestle and jump on each other and race around the room just like they did when they were pups, I am so grateful they are not moving out to go to college or travel abroad anytime soon. These furbabies are here to stay..
From petlover2 Mar 6 2018 10:07PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 52 days ago
THIS is not your toy, THIS is your toy.
Response substitution has worked for me consistently with all of my dogs over the years. It was taught to me by my uncle when he was training hunting dogs (Labradors) and bird dogs (Springer spaniels) not to leave bite marks in the carry (game they would bring back to the hunter)
It is most effective when begun while the dog is still puppy training. Puppies will chew anything!! They are most content with shoes and other items that take awhile to destroy but also supply that counter pressure to the new teeth pushing through the gum line.
Using consistent language with your dog is very important, as well. Naming the item that IS appropriate and supplying the word each and every time will enable your do to differentiate between acceptable items and your t.v. remote for example.
Make sure that you do not leave the toy or "chewie" of choice around on a regular basis at first because you want to be consistently replacing the offensive item with a firm "No" followed by a loving, encouraging stating of the word and the item of choice each and every time your puppy/dog attempts the incorrect behavior.
Today's marketplace offers a variety of excellent options for your dog and for training purposes, healthy treat items abound. Again, pick your reward carefully and be sure that you are consistent. A lot of changes and choices will confuse your dog and frustrate you. In that regard, one word commands at the exchange will also simplify your dogs' understanding of what you want and shorten the training time involved.
Practiced consistently for several days or even weeks in the early years will provide the much needed structure craved by our furry friends and add years of harmonious days to both of your lives together! .
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