​The insanely cute Westie is one of the most popular small terriers among pet owners. Standing 10 to 11 inches at the shoulder, with dark piercing eyes, compact body, and an adorable carrot-shaped tail wagging with delight, the Westie’s looks are irresistible. Beneath the plush-toy exterior, though, beats the heart of true working terrier. Bred to hunt rats and other furry critters, Westies are surprisingly strong and tough.

Personality: Happy, smart, loyal, entertaining
Energy Level: Very Active; true terriers, Westies are quick, curious, and lively
Good with Children: Yes
Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
Shedding: Seasonal
Grooming: Weekly
Trainability: Responds Well
Height: 11 inches (male). 10 inches, female
Weight: 15-20 pounds
Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

General Appearance

The West Highland White Terrier is a small, game, well-balanced hardy looking terrier, exhibiting good showmanship, possessed with no small amount of self-esteem, strongly built, deep in chest and back ribs, with a straight back and powerful hindquarters on muscular legs, and exhibiting in marked degree a great combination of strength and activity. The coat is about two inches long, white in color, hard, with plenty of soft undercoat. The dog should be neatly presented, the longer coat on the back and sides, trimmed to blend into the shorter neck and shoulder coat. Considerable hair is left around the head to act as a frame for the face to yield a typical Westie expression.

 

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