West Highland White Terrier

X-Small Size

Doesn't moult much

Good for first time owners

The distinctive Westie was traditionally used to hunt rodents in its native Scotland. It's an intelligent breed with a fun-loving personality, which has made it a popular choice as a family pet.

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

Someone looking for a confident little dog that is full of self-esteem and always on the lookout for a good time.

Not the best for ...

Anyone without a Westie-proof garden. These cheeky terriers can squeeze themselves through the smallest of holes.

Aliases

West Highland Terrier, Westie, Westy

Cross between

None

Origin

United Kingdom

Size

X-Small
Small enough to carry when needed

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.

Coat

Spikey
If not hand stripped will go fluffy. If you don't pluck their fur in the old fashioned way they transform from spikey to soft.

Shedding

Doesn't moult much
But all dogs shed dander so if you're allergic, make sure you'll be ok

Life expectancy

13 years

Good first dog?

Yes

HOW IT WORKS

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