West Highland White Terrier
West Highland White Terriers are high energy, intelligent little creatures that make wonderful pets. But, like other small breeds, there are questions as to whether Westies are appropriate pets with small children or for families that plan to expand their family during the Westie's lifetime. The West Highland White Terrier Club of America recommends that Westies are not suitable for families with children under the age of ten, while others say that they are fine, as long as the children and dog are under constant supervision. In this article we'll take a look at the pros and cons of West Highland White Terriers as family pets. [...]
West Highland White Terriers are prized for their white, long coats. These coats are plush and thick thanks to a double coat consisting of a cottony undercoat and an outer coat of hard, straight white hair. The white coloring makes a distinctive looking dog, but can be the bane of an owner's existence when a Westie loves nothing more than diving down holes or digging in the backyard. However, Westies do have sensitive skin and should be bathed very sparsely. Unfortunately, due to a variety of reasons, bathing is sometimes needed rather more frequently. In this article, we'll take a look at why Westies should be bathed infrequently and some tips if bathing more frequently is needed. [...]
West Highland White Terriers have become arguably the most popular terrier in the world. This is no surprise when their friendly temperament, high energy and beautiful white coats are taken into consideration. Thanks to their handsome good looks and excellent temperaments, Westies have gone on to become famous actors, starring in film and television, as well as models, characters in books and even cartoon representations. Here, for your enjoyment, is a listing of some of the most famous West Highland White Terriers. [...]
Like many breeds, West Highland Terriers need more sleep than humans in order to stay healthy. These energetic little dogs need upwards of thirteen hours of sleep over a period of twenty-four hours to get sufficient rest. Westies will easily conform to the sleeping habits of their family, often getting the bulk of their rest at night at the same time as their human families, in addition to several naps during the day. In this article, we'll take a look at how new Westie owners can train their dogs to learn good sleeping habits and what to do if you suspect your Westie is sleeping too much. [...]
Like most terriers, West Highland White Terriers have a tendency towards digging. While this behavior is natural to a breed that was bred specifically for this purpose, as a pet, digging can be destructive for a cultivated lawn or dangerous for the dog if he gets a notion to dig under a fence to see what's on the other side. While digging is natural for Westies, there are various methods of controlling this behavior. In this article, we'll take a look at why Westies are predisposed to digging behavior and some tips for how to control it.
In order to understand why the West Highland White Terrier has a penchant for digging, we have to go back to its roots. Westies, as well as other short legged terriers from Scotland, were bred specifically for aiding in the hunt for small animals. These "earth dogs" were trained to search out and flush fox and other small animals from their burrows. After generations of this type of work, the behavior becomes ingrained and the body evolves to suit its purpose. This is why Westie's and other terrier's nails tend to grow faster than other breeds, in order to aid them in their digging work. [...]
West Highland White Terriers are much loved for their high energy, perky personalities, and their dazzling, long white coat. But bringing home a Westie means making a significant commitment to keeping that thick, white coat neatly trimmed and well taken care of, even if he's not destined for the show ring. In this article, we'll take a look at three of the important parts that make up coat care for Westies - stripping vs. clipping and care between baths. [...]
West Highland White Terriers are energetic dogs that love nothing more than playing with their families. These intelligent pets are versatile enough that they have excelled in a number of sporting events, which are a great way for handlers and their dogs to train and work towards the goal of competition. Obedience trials are a popular event for many breeds, and Westies are no exception. According to the West Highland White Terriers Club of America, Westies have earned over 900 Champion Dog titles over the years, not to mention a significant number of Companion Dog Excellent and Utility Dog titles. In this article, we'll learn what an Obedience Trial is, and how you can get involved in this exciting sport. [...]
West Highland White Terriers enjoy a long history as working hunting dogs. In fact, they, along with other short legged terriers that originate in Scotland, were bred specifically to help farmers in keeping small burrowing animals such as foxes and badgers from destroying the crops. This digging instinct is still strong in Westies today, making them excellent competitors in modern day Earthdog Trials. If you're looking for a way to get involved in sporting events with your Westie, Earthdog Trials are an excellent option.
Earthdog Trials, notably hosted by the American Kennel Club as well as other organizations throughout North America and Europe, are a non-competitive and safe way of gauging a dog's aptitude in "going to ground," or hunting for quarry in a series of underground tunnels. [...]
For first time dog buyers, the question of whether to spay or neuter their new dog is often at the forefront of their minds. There are those that feel strongly one way or another about the subject. In many cases, the decision is made for them because many reputable West Highland White Terrier breeders will only sell their puppies to those that will make the commitment to have the puppy spayed or neutered when it reaches the appropriate age. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, but many believe spaying or neutering is the ethical choice for responsible pet owners. In this article, we'll take a look at some the most frequent issues involved in spaying or neutering West Highland White Terriers. [...]
West Highland White Terriers are much loved for their high energy, their strong work ethic, their devotion to their families and their dazzling white coats. First introduced into competition at the beginning of the 20th century, fanciers of the breed maintain that they were bred and worked for a hundred years before. Extremely versatile, Westies have found success in events such as Agility, Obedience, Earthdog, Rally, Tracking and Flyball.
Here are some more interesting facts about the West Highland White Terrier: [...]