About the Breed
The West Highland White Terrier, also known as the "Westie"
is a small but mighty breed. The Westie can be described
as a big dog in a little dogs body who thinks highly of itself.
You will always find the breed in the thick of things, but very
friendly dog. A Westie enjoys life with a passion.
The Westie is an alert, gay, well-
With a hard, white and double coat, a Westie does not require frequent baths. Its coat will repel dirt. A light dusting with corn starch and brushing can quickly clean the coat. Brushing about once a day will also keep the coat tangle free as well as clean. When you bathe, it is highly recommended that you use an oatmeal based shampoo which is soothing to the skin. A blue shampoo is also good for keeping the coat nice and white. Westies do not shed but still need a daily brushing.
Whether you have a show Westie or just a pet Westie, it is a high maintenance dog
when it comes to grooming. If competing in breed, a Westie must be hand stripped
on a regular basis, about every 2-
Westies adapt well to apartments, condos and townhouses but do require a good walk
each day and/or a place to run to exercise. As puppies, westies can be big chewers.
It is very important that they have plenty of toys, especially chew toys. Supervision
is very important at this stage so they learn what they can or can not chew on. If
you do not have the time to work through this stage then this is not the dog for
you. A good fenced-
With its spunky attitude and energy, a Westie can very easily be a man's dog but
its small size and sweetness can please the lady of the house as well. When brought
up with children, the Westie makes an excellent companion and playmate. They enjoy
a good game of ball. Westies have a long life span, living 12-
A good puppy class as well as an obedience class is highly recommended. The puppy class gives you and your puppy a chance to bond and your puppy will learn some welcomed manners. Obedience classes will teach you how to have better control of your puppy. Contact your local breed or obedience club to see if any classes are offered. You will find it well worth the money spent.
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The Florida Suncoast West Highland White Terrier cannot guarantee and is not responsible for the health, temperament and quality of the puppies available for placement by its club members.
The Florida Suncoast West Highland White Terrier is not responsible for any breed or purchase contracts, guarantees, assurances, or promises made between the Club member and the puppy purchaser. Once you make contact with the breeder(s), what transpires is beyond the control and responsibility of the FSWHWT as these are contractual matters between the individual buyer and the individual seller of the puppy.
For Westie breed rescue please visit Sunshine State Westie Rescue.