Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed: We Celebrate the West Highland White Terrier Westie
We always love getting emails from our customers & readers asking us to feature their dog or favorite breed for our Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed blog series every Thursday. As always we are honored to oblige. We are some excited to spotlight the West Highland White Terrier ( aka Westie).
Height: Male 11 inches; Female 10 inches
Weight: 15-21 lbs
Coat: The West Highland White Terrier has a weatherproof double coat. The outer coat is straight, long, harsh and wiry. The under coat is dense, short, fluffy, and soft. Their coat is brilliant white in color and lends to this breed an elegant look. They are moderate shedders.
Appearance: The West Highland White Terrier is a compact dog with an all-white coat and a button black nose. The skull is wide and round, the muzzle blunt and a slightly shorter than the skull. There is a defined stop. The eyes are dark with a keen, intelligent expression. The teeth should ideally meet in a scissors or level bite. The ears are wide-set and sit erect on the side of the skull. The topline is level and the Westie is slightly longer than he is tall. The tail is 5 to 6 inches in length and carried gaily over the back. The white coat is two inches long and should never be soft or silky to the touch.
Temperament: he West Highland White Terrier is hardy and compact, self assured, energetic, spunky, curious, fearless, tenacious, spirited and well adjusted. They have attained the status of being one of the most popular breeds. They are intelligent and usually display good manners. The Westie is playful but can also be quiet and determined. They are devoted to their family, but are not very interested in being cuddled. They alert to danger by barking and are good watchdogs. They will bark at the slightest noise they hear, but after they are done barking at your guests, they will greet friends with a polite wag of the tail and then go about their business. The Westie is a wonderful family pet that prefers to be the only pet in the home. Westies get along well with other family dogs and enjoy playing with older children. They get along with children over the age of ten who are well behaved.
They can be demanding and assertive, and exhibit true terrier traits. They have a tendency to snap when irritated. The West Highland White Terrier is a social, fun loving breed that does best in an active and attentive household. These little dogs need plenty of walks and interactive play time, and like to be fully involved in all household activity. They are curious and like to get into everything, poking around in closets, cabinets and perching at the window to keep up on the neighborhood happenings. They still possess a strong desire to hunt rodents, so if you live in the suburbs or on a farm, you can be assured your property will remain pest-free, but beware, he is likely to present his “prizes” to you as a gift. They are a versatile dog, who make great companions for families of all sizes and ages.
Health: The life expectancy for a Westie is over 15 years. Prone to chronic hernias, liver disease, Legg Perthes disease (hip problems), jawbone calcification and skin problems.
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