(Westies Dog Breed Story At Dog Grooming!)
The cute West Highland White Terrier (Westie, for short) has charmed owners for over 300 years. Smart, confident, and always amusing at play, the adorable West Highland White Terrier (Westie, for short) has charmed owners for over 300 years. This little yet tough earthdog is one of the most popular small terriers. The Westie’s looks are enticing, standing 10 to 11 inches at the shoulder with dark piercing eyes, a compact physique, and a carrot-shaped tail swinging with excitement. Underneath the soft toy façade, though, is a real working terrier with a spirit of adventure and bravery. Westies are remarkably robust and resilient, having been bred to hunt rats and other subterranean animals.
The all-white double coat is not soft and fluffy, but it is firm to the touch. Westies are alert and energetic, with characteristics similar to a feisty and self-reliant ratting terrier: they don’t require much attention, will chase after everything that moves, and their independence can make training difficult. Westies, on the other hand, will train beautifully with time and patience owing to their loyalty and high intellect.
Are Westies a good family dog?
Westies are excellent family pets. They get along well with other dogs and cats, and they are social butterflies that like being in the company of people. Young children, on the other hand, may not be a good match for the easily exuberant Westie due to their hunting tendencies.
West Highland White Terriers are typically healthy dogs, and responsible breeders examine their stock for heart disease and patellar luxation. Brushing a Westie’s teeth on a regular basis using a toothpaste designed for dogs is recommended. Regular vet appointments for examinations and parasite treatment guarantee that the dog has a long and healthy life.
The National Breed Club recommends the following health tests:
- Patella evaluation
- Hip evaluation
- Ophthalmologist evaluation
Regular grooming is necessary to keep the Westie looking his best. The conventional manner of caring for a terrier’s coat is to strip (or pluck) the old, dead hair, and this is the grooming approach that must be done if you want to display your dog. For the sake of cleanliness, many dog owners get their dogs’ coats trimmed. Most people use a professional groomer to keep their Westies looking their best. A grooming appointment every 4 to 6 weeks is usually sufficient. Brushing and combing should be done on a daily basis. Bathing the Westie too frequently might cause more damage than good because of his rough coat.
Westies adore romping and playing, as well as going for a stroll. Because they are naturally drawn to chase after everything that moves, the breed is best kept in a gated area or on a leash. Westies succeed in a range of canine sports and activities, including obedience, rally, and agility, thanks to their intelligence, enthusiasm, and can-do attitude. They have the instinct to go to ground, which is true to the breed’s original function, and they excel at earthdog contests.
Diet and Nutrition:
A high-quality dog food, whether commercially made or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and consent, should be OK for the West Highland White Terrier. Any diet should be tailored to the age of the dog (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to becoming overweight, so keep an eye on their calorie intake and weight. Treats may be a useful training tool, but feeding too much might lead to obesity. Discover which human foods are OK for dogs and which are not. If you have any concerns regarding your dog’s weight or nutrition, see your veterinarian. At all times, clean, fresh water should be provided.