West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier is a high-spirited and rather active little dog that is easily aroused and known for making really good watchdogs.

These small dogs love to bark and really do need early training with regards to this to prevent them from becoming too noisy.

West Highland White Terrier Facts

West Highland White Terrier

Exercise Requirements:      5 star rating

Good with Children:             4 star rating

Easy to Train:                        3 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    5 star rating

Low Shedding:                       4 star rating

Good with Other Pets:         1 star rating

Vital Statistics

Size: 25-28 cm (10-11 in)

Weight: 7-10 kg (15.5-22 lb)

Coat: Harsh topcoat with a short and soft undercoat

Colour: White

Lifespan: 14 years

Special Characteristics

These small dogs are alert and are very easily aroused. You would also describe this breed of dog as being confident, courageous, independent and friendly.

Exercise Requirements

This small dog breed is classed as having high exercise requirements, they love to exercise and play. The dog will be happy and content with two good walks each and every day.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: Are known to be loyal and affectionate towards their owners.

Children: Usually really good around children if raised with them.

Other Pets: This breed has a high chase and prey drive and may injure small pets including cats unless raised with them.

Strangers: Can be friendly towards strangers if well socialised from an early age.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Will be friendly towards other dogs if well socialised, it is recommended that you make it part of your training schedule.

What to Watch Out For

Their coat will need to be clipped on a regular basis, they are known for excessive barking too. More so the male dogs of this breed are very strong-willed and will need a determined owner.

Health Risks

There are four potential health risks to take note of with this breed including; skin conditions, hip problems, Legg-Calve-Perthes and cataracts.

Ideal Owner

The perfect owner of the West Highland White Terrier needs to be a strong-willed person who is active and can handle the dogs excitable, independent character. You will also need to be able to provide the high energy dog with plenty of play, exercise and training to keep it active and content.

More Photos

West Highland White Terrier adult with white fur coat West Highland White Terrier puppy with white fur coat

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