West Highland White Terriers are a fun-loving and affectionate breed. Living with them is easy. They make good roommates since they are clean, alert, and easy to please. They can get animated when the moment calls for it, but Westies are generally happy to relax and spend time with their family. West Highland White Terriers need exercise but can easily thrive in a small apartment as a lapdog, provided that you stay committed to a regular fitness regimen. Westies retain some of their stubborn terrier traits and proper training can help them to become polite and obedient household companions.
Other names: Westie, Roseneath Terrier, Poltalloch Terrier
They have a streak of willful stubbornness and like to do things their own way, in their own time. Their human will have to establish him or herself as the pack leader, or a Westie will try to take over. Westies love to bark, and are fairly loud for their size, which makes them an excellent watch dog. However, they are easygoing, friendly, and might try to lick a robber's face.
West Highland White Terriers have pure white fur and an iconic face known the world over. They are muscular and deep-chested, perfect for the rough-and-tumble world of Scottish farm duty. White fur and a double coat protect the Westie from the elements. They have dark and impressive eyes set in a very expressive face. Their jaw is tight and close-fitted, a desired trait for hunting vermin.
However, Westies get nervous around toddlers who run at them, pat them roughly, or pull their ears or tail. Sometimes the squealing and giggling of a young child will remind a Westie of its prey. Because a Westie likes to be in charge, he might act bossy around kids. Many breeders recommend Westies only go to homes with children over ten years of age. Westies are entertaining, active, happy, loving, and busy dogs who make great travel companions, because they like to be on the go.
Westies don’t need a large living space, and many members of the breed are happy to live out their days as lapdogs. Some space to run around space is ideal, but regular walks and a bit of good old fashioned playtime should be enough to satisfy a West Highland White Terrier’s daily activity requirements.
If you are looking for a fierce protector, this breed might not be the one for you. Their diminutive size doesn’t stop them from standing their ground, but the West Highland White Terrier is usually happy to meet strangers.
The West Highland White Terrier sheds practically no hair at all. You'll virtually never find a hair in your home!