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West Highland White Terrier Breeders

If you are after a small dog that looks adorable yet has plenty of attitude, you can’t go past the West Highland White Terrier.  Here’s everything that you need to know!

Characteristics of the West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier is a small breed of dog standing around 28cm high and weighing up to 8kg.  The defining characteristic of the West Highland White Terrier definitely has to be its coat.  They have a double coat that comes in a beautiful white colour (no other colour is acceptable).  The undercoat is soft while the outer coat is harsher in texture.  Offset against the coat is a black nose and dark eyes.

The West Highland White Terrier Temperament

The West Highland White Terrier is definitely one of the extroverts of the dog world, and they are excitable, friendly and energetic dogs.  They make great watch dogs and will let you know of anyone that is approaching.  They get along well with children (although young children need to be supervised with them as kids can be a little rough) and will get along well with other pets if they are brought up with them from a puppy.  Their intelligence means that they will respond to training – especially if food rewards are used – but they can be a bit challenging to train.  This is why starting early and keeping up the training is so important.  West Highland White Terriers are very loyal and faithful to their families and will follow their owners around everywhere.

Caring for the West Highland White Terrier

While the white coat is very pretty to look at, it does need some work to keep it looking its best.  It is recommended to brush the dog at least a few times a week in order to remove any loose hairs and to keep the coat free of knots and tangles.  It is a good idea to have the dog clipped a couple of times a year, or to strip the coat by hand twice a year.  Exercise wise, the dog only requires an half an hour walk once a day, or a good play session in the backyard.  West Highland White Terriers will live for around 15 years on average but they can live for longer with plenty of loving attention.

Who is the West Highland White Terrier Suited To?

West Highland White Terriers are best suited to older adults and to families that have children that are at least of school age.  They are happy indoors but will also thrive in a backyard. Just make sure you have good fences, as they are a terrier and terriers love to dig or follow interesting scents that they’ve found!

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