Cheeky yet intelligent, fun-loving and loyal, this cute, cuddly and all-white dog with its dark eyes and button nose will melt your heart.
They may look cute with their fluffy white coat, but originally West Highland Terriers were bred to hunt vermin. They are a tenacious and hardy breed but also have an incredibly loyal and loving temperament. They love nothing more than a game of chase and have a habit of digging in the yard. They enjoy having a good chat and may be vocal frequently. If bored, they can become destructive and loud.
Fun fact: They are bred to have an extra sturdy tail,
so that when stuck underground hunting vermin
they can be pulled out.
West Highland Terriers are natural watchdogs that will bark at any intruder, noise or movement. They are fairly active and require daily walks. They love playing fetch. Their stunning, straight, short-haired white coat is easy to groom but needs regular attention to keep it compliment-worthy. Brush regularly with a stiff bristle brush to keep the coat tangle free. Bathe when necessary. The West Highland White sheds little to no hair and lives for 12-16 years.
Scheduled six monthly health check visits to your vet are important to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. They are a hardy breed with few ailments. However, some are prone to skin problems and deafness. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.
A West Highland White Terrier is a small-sized breed weighing between 7-10kgs, with a height between 25-28cms.
Being so small, they can adapt to any space.
This breed requires a moderate level of exercise. A daily walk and occasional game of fetch will keep them happy.
Difficulty of Training
An intelligent breed that can learn commands and tricks, but is also very cheeky. Consistent training and reinforcement is recommended.
West Highland Terriers are happy wherever their humans are, yard or no yard.
Compatibility with other Pets
Introduce other pets from a young age to encourage friendship.
Need for Company
They like to be by your side, but also tolerate being alone.
Hypoallergenic Dog Breed?
Coat and Grooming Needs
They are of moderate-maintenance. Brush them weekly to keep their coat looking healthy and trim regularly. They have a short, medium coat that only comes in one colour: white.
They shed a very small amount.
Tendency to Bark
They are strong communicators who love to have a chat. Expect loud, frequent barking.