Colorado, United States
Posted January 7, 2009
I have had my westie for 3 years now, and she is my first westie. I think a westie could get along in most families. Even though westie's are small dogs, they have big personalities and like to be dominant. I also have an english bulldog who is much larger than my westie, but she runs the show. This could be a problem in a household that already has an alpha dog.
Westies are independent and do not need constant attention. They will come to you when they are ready to play or do something. Even though they are independent they are still loving and like affection.
I've heard Westies can be prone to health problems, but mine hasn't had to go to the vet except for the standard shots.
I'm not sure about all westies, but mine does NOT shed, which is a huge plus in my book. Westies do need to be groomed though, and brushed every so often. So a little bit of maintenance is involved.
Unlike a lot of small breeds, my westie is not a yipper. My moms chihuahua will bark at every little thing, but not my westie. She barks when sh'e outside and see's people or dogs, but in the house she doesn't bark that often.
Well, thats about all I can think of. I will definitely get another westie, the next time I'm looking for a dog. I hope this helps out.