The "Westie" can be described with many endearing terms, their appealing expression, cheeky and spunky ways, their confident self-esteem and determination or even their handy size, this breed truly possesses ideal housedog qualities. They possess a quality which will suit any member of the family no matter how young or old. When it comes to children, Westies are always ready for laps at the park, a romp in the yard or an energetic game of ball.
15 years and some live much longer
Grooming and care
To keep the Westie's white coat in top condition, regular daily brushing is ideal but at a minimum twice a week is necessary to remove loose hair and keep the coat knot and tangle free. Regular clipping is also necessary with particular attention required around the feet, face and rear.
Westies require a daily walk or at least 30 minutes of play and activity a day.
Well maintained fences are essential. As a terrier the Westie loves nothing more to explore and will wander easily from a yard if an escape is possible.
For the latest research in breed-related problems in West Highland White Terriers visit the University of Sydney's LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.
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