West Highland white terrier Breed Overview
The West Highland white terrier, or widely known as Westie, is a small breed that originates in Scotland. They were bred in order to hunt small rodents. There were many advertising campaigns that used these them as mascots, which increased their popularity.
In most cases, they have pointy ears and dark eyes. They are muscular and sturdy with a double coat that protects them from extreme cold. Even though most of them are white and that’s how they are accepted by kennel clubs, some of them could come in wheat colour with darker paws.
They are known as a hypoallergenic breed, which means that they don’t shed that much as other small breeds.
Westies can reach the 30 cm in height and 10 kg in weight.
Their life expectancy is approximately 16 years.
Suitability for Children – High
Tendency to Bark – Medium
Energy – Medium
Suitability as a Guard Dog – Medium
Grooming Requirements – Once a Week
Trimming Required – Occassional
Amount of hair shed – Moderate
Food Cost – $5 to $10
Average Monthly Pet insurance Premium – $58