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West Highland White Terrier - Westie

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Weight
15-21 lbs
Height
Male: 11; Female: 10 inches
Color(s)
White
Overview
The West Highland White Terrier is typically referred to as a Westie. They originated in Scotland in the middle of the 19th century to control the population of fox, otter, and other animals and rodents. The Westie is now primarily a companion pet.
Character
The West Highland White Terrier is hardy and compact, spirited and well adjusted. They have attained the status of being one of the most popular breeds. They are intelligent and usually display good manners. The Westie is playful but can also be quiet and determined.
Temperament
The Westie is energetic and spunky. They are devoted to their family, but are not very interested in being cuddled. They alert to danger by barking and are good watchdogs. The Westie is a wonderful family pet that prefers to be the only pet in the home. They get along with children over the age of ten who are well behaved. They can be demanding and assertive, and exhibit true terrier traits. They have a tendency to snap when irritated. The West Highland White Terrier is a social, fun loving breed that does best in an active and attentive household.
Care
The West Highland White Terrier 's double coat requires brushing twice weekly. They also require having their coat professionally stripped at least two times per year. They should only be bathed when necessary, as they are prone to dry skin. The Westie may be susceptible to deafness, patella luxation, and allergies.
Coat
The West Highland White Terrier is a double coat breed. The outer coat is straight, harsh and wiry. The under coat is close, fluffy, and soft. Their coat is brilliant white in color and lends to this breed an elegant look. They are moderate shedders.
Training
The West Highland White Terrier must be trained beginning at an early age especially in the area of socialization. They respond best to love and gentle guidance. As with most all Terrier breeds, harsh methods of training are met with stubbornness. The Westie is usually open to obedience training provided it is done fairly and consistently.
Activity
The West Highland White Terrier loves to run and explore. They are not suited for apartment living, as they are easily excitable. This high-energy breed needs at least an hour of exercise daily. The Westie must have ample yard space that is securely fenced as they have a propensity to dig. They love to engage in rough and tumble play with older children and have the stamina to do so for lengthy periods of time.
Ownership
Help reduce the number of West Highland White Terrier - Westie puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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Anonymous asked:

1/21/2015 1:58:56 AM

1/21/2015 1:58:56 AM

Should you get a westie when you have a 8 month old baby?

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1/2/2015 3:14:15 PM

1/2/2015 3:14:15 PM

Westie potty training I have a 4mth old Westie named Vinnie. He is not responding to potty training. He could be out an hour and come in and pee on the wee wee pad. I'm beside myself. I never had a puppy to train. He was 2mths old when I got him. Help!!!!!!

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Anonymous

The reason why your Westie goes back to the pee pad is because the pee pad is designed to smell like pee/poop to encourage a puppy to use it. Get rid of the pad and then start over, or take the pad outside. Next, the dog should never be left unsupervised. If the dog is not outside, he/she should be in a crate or attached to you by a leash. Put a timer on in the house that goes off every 2 hours. Take your puppy outside to use the bathroom every 2 hours and 15 minutes after he/she gets up from a nap, eats or drinks. Praise your puppy with affection and treats when he/she uses the bathroom outside. If you do find a mess in the house, do not scold the puppy. Calmly clean it up with an enzyme cleaner such as Nature's Miracle so that will get rid of the smell on the dog's level. With this method, you should be able to house train your pup within two weeks at the most.
1/2/2015 7:14:38 PM

Anonymous asked:

1/4/2014 1:42:52 PM

1/4/2014 1:42:52 PM

Westies and allergies Are Westies a good choice for teenage children with allergies and asthma?

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Anonymous

Yes, Westie's are a good choice because they are hypoallergenic and are usually good with kids.
6/10/2014 2:39:02 AM

Anonymous asked:

12/5/2013 5:39:01 AM

12/5/2013 5:39:01 AM

How to potty train a Westie puppy? How to easily toilet train a new Westie puppy and how to confine a puppy to sleep in a confined area?

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Anonymous

If you want your pup to sleep in a certain area, start with crate training. The Westie can be hard to house-train. They can be known to take up to 2 years to house train, but using positive reinforcement methods are the best and fastest way to train your pup.
7/16/2014 4:13:36 PM

Anonymous asked:

9/30/2013 5:18:40 PM

9/30/2013 5:18:40 PM

What breed of westies have the pink undertone.. Not Black? I'm wanting to purchase a West Highland White Terrier with Pink undertones and ears, but I don't know what they are called. I find their coats to be fuller and softer than the black ones.

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Anonymous

Contact your local breeder's and talk to them. To my knowledge, it is an unwanted skin tone and the sire and dam are normally spayed/neutered to keep that gene out of the gene pool.
7/16/2014 4:14:32 PM

Anonymous

There is only 1 breed of Westie, and they can have dark pigmentation or light, soft or hard coat. Westie coat types have nothing to do with pigmentation. Black and pink skin pigmented Westies can have either a soft (fuller looking) coat or a hard, or harsh coat. Black skin is considered more desirable, as is a harsh coat, however pet buyers often lean more towards the pink tones and softer coats. Most Westie litters have a few of each although better litters have more consistency with regard to skin pigmentation.
1/19/2015 5:07:55 PM

Anonymous asked:

2/9/2013 1:44:26 AM

2/9/2013 1:44:26 AM

Female Westie about pregnancy What age does a Westie first go into heat? Is it ok for them to become pregnant at this age or should they wait until the second time?

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Unless you are a reputable breeder or are under the study of one, you shouldn't be breeding. Breeding dogs is very dangerous for the dam, sire and the puppies. Unless your dog is of impeccable breeding, has passed all temperament and health checks and has titles in confirmation and/or has shown he/she is capable of doing what the breed was made for, the dog should be spayed/neutered. The Westie should come into it's first heat around 6 months. NO! Do not breed the dog then! You will kill it. A dog should not be bred until she is at least 2 years old.
7/16/2014 4:15:42 PM

Anonymous asked:

1/5/2013 6:35:44 PM

1/5/2013 6:35:44 PM

Maximum breeding age for male westie

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Anonymous

A male Westie can breed for as long as he can do the deed. But unless you are a reputable breeder or are under the study of one, you shouldn't be breeding. Breeding dogs is very dangerous for the dam, sire and the puppies. Unless your dog is of impeccable breeding, has passed all temperament and health checks and has titles in confirmation and/or has shown he/she is capable of doing what the breed was made for, the dog should be spayed/neutered.
7/16/2014 4:16:12 PM

Anonymous

Depends on registration. Some registries are looser with breeding ages than others, and also can require a vet to sign off before registering a litter if the male is older.
1/19/2015 5:20:48 PM

Anonymous asked:

12/11/2012 4:46:43 PM

12/11/2012 4:46:43 PM

Mouth stain What causes a rusty stain around mouth area on the Westie?

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Anonymous

Your vet is the only one that can help you in this situation.
7/16/2014 4:16:31 PM

Anonymous asked:

11/30/2012 4:43:53 PM

11/30/2012 4:43:53 PM

My 13week old westie has loose poos and mucus in it any suggestions what to do

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Anonymous

Your vet is the only one that can help you in this situation.
7/16/2014 4:16:45 PM

Anonymous asked:

9/12/2012 2:02:32 PM

9/12/2012 2:02:32 PM

Are Westies prone to an under bite?

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Anonymous

No, the Westie should not have an under bite. If they do, then the breeder is bad and you should run!
7/16/2014 4:17:25 PM

Anonymous asked:

8/10/2012 6:52:59 PM

8/10/2012 6:52:59 PM

Health of Westie dogs?

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Anonymous

Some lines are prone to eye problems and skin irritations.
7/16/2014 4:17:42 PM

Anonymous asked:

7/8/2012 10:04:16 PM

7/8/2012 10:04:16 PM

how to groom a westie like stripping

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Anonymous

you don't really need to strip a westie just brush it ever week and pro groomed 2 times a year
7/18/2012 9:26:01 AM

Anonymous

get them pro groomed 2 times a year and brush yourself every 1 or 2 weeks
7/18/2012 9:45:56 AM

Anonymous

I get my Westie groomed every 6 weeks and brush him daily. Frequent bushing helps eliminate matting and makes so you dont have to wash them often. This is good, because you should only bathe them every 2-3 weeks. You can find plenty of grooming products at pet stores or online at places like www.wallyboypetproducts.com, which is a westie inspired site.
9/11/2012 1:04:43 AM

Anonymous asked:

5/29/2012 3:32:17 PM

5/29/2012 3:32:17 PM

I have a westie and lab and they get a long okay but my westie is the only inside dog. I'm... I have a westie and lab and they get a long okay but my westie is the only inside dog. I'm wondering if I got a yorkie if they would get along well. My westie is "protective" of his area. My friend brought her small dog and they got along well. Would a permanent dog be okay?

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Anonymous

it should be okay but be careful because westies were bred to hunt rodents underground and to them a yorkie or whatever could be a rodent to them
7/18/2012 9:27:42 AM

Anonymous

I have a female Westie that is 14 months old. My mom passed away the end of May 2012 and I inherited her 6 year old Yorkie. I was concerned about the age differences. Two months later I am so proud of my Westie. She has graciously shared me with my mom's Yorkie. The Yorkie was pad trained since she lived alone with my elderly mother. My Westie is teaching her to go outside. We are getting there. Both dogs are females. Good Luck
7/21/2012 8:24:54 PM

Anonymous asked:

3/20/2012 1:06:22 PM

3/20/2012 1:06:22 PM

specs for westie

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Anonymous asked:

3/14/2012 8:42:50 AM

3/14/2012 8:42:50 AM

how long does a westie live

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Anonymous

Our Westie lived for 16 years and 4 months. We got him from a great breeder.
3/31/2012 9:24:11 PM

Anonymous

My westie lived 12 years. He died from cancer in his throat.
11/21/2012 1:35:14 AM

Anonymous

My westie lived for 13 years. He passed from cancer
12/3/2012 11:22:52 AM

Anonymous

My first Westie was 10 years, although not from a good breeder. My second Westie passed away when she was 14 years 6 months. She was from an excellent breeder, and very rarely had health problems. Well worth paying extra in order to ensure you get a Westie from a breeder with "good lines" ( also these can be checked through their parents on the kennel club certificate ) . I'm going back to the same breeder for a dog and a bitch, in July 2014 :-)
3/21/2014 7:54:15 PM

Anonymous

My westie is now 15 and still as playfull but does sleep bit more, dread the day my we schumacher goes.
6/25/2014 7:14:55 PM

Anonymous

My westie just passed away. Toby was 18 years old. He was cremated and is in an urn in my family room. I miss him very much.
8/29/2014 11:25:21 PM

Anonymous asked:

3/3/2012 6:31:41 PM

3/3/2012 6:31:41 PM

How easy are westies to potty train?

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Anonymous

Ours was. All puppies need a little patience!
3/31/2012 9:24:37 PM

Anonymous

Westies are very easy to train.,.. we put pads in the house when we are going to be late coming home and she uses them every time..otherwise she waits to go outside
6/24/2012 2:22:18 PM

Anonymous

Westies are very easy to train, it is a lot easier if you get them when they are just a pup. That way, they can get used to it.
8/20/2012 7:18:03 PM

Anonymous asked:

2/25/2012 5:53:05 PM

2/25/2012 5:53:05 PM

how do you find someone who's looking for a female westie to breed with their male westie??????

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Anonymous asked:

2/19/2012 4:01:38 PM

2/19/2012 4:01:38 PM

Would westies mind if you cuddled with them? If they do, what would be another good breed? I'm... Would westies mind if you cuddled with them? If they do, what would be another good breed? I'm looking for a happy and energetic dog, but one who also wouldnt mind "showing me the love". Thanks!

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Anonymous

My westie is very affectionate. She loves to lay beside me on the sofa but not on my lap.
2/20/2012 12:50:58 PM

Anonymous

My Westie loves to sit on me, by me and sleep with me. He is very loving.
2/22/2012 12:56:45 AM

Anonymous

My westiie loves to cuddle. Out of the 3 dogs I have he is def the lover. I think male dogs are less independent than the females.
3/4/2012 4:15:17 PM

Anonymous

Our Tad was very affectionate.
3/31/2012 9:25:15 PM

Anonymous

Our Samantha loves to cuddle if she thinks it is her idea!!! She is our only female canine and she is the Queen with very diva'ish attitude. But once she decides she wants to cuddle, you cannot stop her! =)
10/24/2012 12:38:46 AM

Anonymous

My Westies are the most affectionate breed I have owned. Love this breed!
12/10/2012 11:23:26 AM

Anonymous asked:

2/17/2012 6:33:22 PM

2/17/2012 6:33:22 PM

Hi I just have a few questions about westies :) do they regularly shed? Are they diggers(... Hi I just have a few questions about westies :) do they regularly shed? Are they diggers( because if I were to buy one I would have to secure my fence)? How much do they cost? Are they good watch dogs? Can they settle into two different places? What are they like inside the house alone....are they well behaved and are they potty trained?? Thank you so much!!!!! (: this is a huge help!

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Anonymous

Westie's are non shedding. Will dig if left alone outside. Cost range between 400 up to 3,000 depending on breeding. Good watch dog as far as letting you know when anyone comes around. If left alone you may want to kennel train. You would have to potty train. They are easy to potty train. They are well behaved but like to jump up on everyone.
2/22/2012 1:01:28 AM

Anonymous

Westies don't shed because they have hair instead of fur, they can be diggers because they were bred to go underground and hunt rodents, they are good watch dogs my dog always gives a warning bark, they may be a little upset if you leave them home alone to lone i suggest walking them a lot and when you leave keep them somewhere you wouldn't care if they had an accident, they are very well behaved if you spend a lot of time with them which include exersise, they are pretty easy to potty train but they can be a little stubborn
7/18/2012 9:33:38 AM

Anonymous asked:

2/16/2012 6:29:16 PM

2/16/2012 6:29:16 PM

do westies lose hair?

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Anonymous

Westies shed in the spring and early summer. In winter their coats become heavier and need plenty of brushing to keep them from becoming matted.
4/19/2012 3:29:34 AM

Anonymous asked:

1/22/2012 10:32:35 AM

1/22/2012 10:32:35 AM

At what age can westie eat hard dog food. Should he have soft food first after weining or go... At what age can westie eat hard dog food. Should he have soft food first after weining or go right to hard food?

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Anonymous

As soon as possible, good for their teeth. Put some down for them and see if they can eat it.
1/24/2012 11:07:20 AM

Anonymous asked:

1/18/2012 5:54:07 PM

1/18/2012 5:54:07 PM

can a westie survive in West Africa?

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Anonymous

Unfortunantly larger animals consider smaller animals food in all places of the world. In Africa a lion will eat a dog.
4/19/2012 3:31:26 AM

Anonymous asked:

12/11/2011 10:54:53 PM

12/11/2011 10:54:53 PM

My mother's westie is experiencing some sort of anxiety issues where she shakes ferociously and... My mother's westie is experiencing some sort of anxiety issues where she shakes ferociously and pants constantly. She usually will not leave your side, she acts scared to death. My mother did get a d.a.p. collar, supposed to last thirty days and bailey has worn hers for twenty days and began having them last nite at 3:30 am and was still having the attack today as of 7:00pm... someone please help

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Anonymous

my dog ziggy gets those attacks when he hears loud sharp noises like fire crackers, i find that holding him and hugging him while talking to him in a calm mellow voice helps him calm down.
4/17/2012 7:09:58 PM

Anonymous

Look up White Dog Shaker Syndrome. My daughter's Maltie has had the issue and still does at times.
9/14/2012 11:11:09 AM

Anonymous asked:

12/11/2011 8:07:56 PM

12/11/2011 8:07:56 PM

If I get a west highland terrier - how tall will he/she get if he/she is half grown?

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Anonymous asked:

12/7/2011 11:58:40 AM

12/7/2011 11:58:40 AM

I have allergies, are the westies hypoallergenic? And do they shed a lot?

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Anonymous

My westie hardly sheds at all, but I have his coat cut short. They're MUCH more handsome with a short cut.
12/8/2011 3:23:56 PM

Anonymous

Westies are great dogs for people with allergies because they hardly shed because they have hair not fur
7/18/2012 9:36:11 AM

Anonymous asked:

11/8/2011 7:59:48 PM

11/8/2011 7:59:48 PM

I need to know how many weeks does the female Doxie carry their babies? I have a female who is... I need to know how many weeks does the female Doxie carry their babies? I have a female who is pregnant and I have no idea how long she will carry them or even what to do, but wait. Please give me some information about their pregnancies. Thank you.

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Anonymous asked:

9/27/2011 8:16:04 AM

9/27/2011 8:16:04 AM

Could a west highland white terrier take the heat in singapore?

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Anonymous

we live in Arizona and our westie does just fine. she takes a dip in the pool 2 to 3 times a day?
3/4/2012 10:12:56 PM

Anonymous asked:

9/21/2011 4:58:09 PM

9/21/2011 4:58:09 PM

My father has a 5 year old male westie that he really wants to breed. How would I go about... My father has a 5 year old male westie that he really wants to breed. How would I go about finding a mate for my father's dog?

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Anonymous

maybe on the internet or at an animal shelter
2/19/2012 10:48:36 AM

Anonymous asked:

7/7/2011 3:24:53 PM

7/7/2011 3:24:53 PM

I'm 13 years old and my parents are thinking about getting me a dog. I like the Westie and also... I'm 13 years old and my parents are thinking about getting me a dog. I like the Westie and also the Border Terrier. I was wondering if the Westie will sleep with you, and also if won't bite or snap too much. Thank you!

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Anonymous

I have two westies one is a year old and sleeps with the granddaughter. She is very lively and sleeps until the granddaughter gets up. Granddaughter is 14 and sleeps late. Our other westie is 8 mths and has been sick since we bought her. she's very different although sleeps with me she will snap and depending how she feels she is quiet. We had westies when we were kids and they all slept with us and their personalities were all very different. They are loyal but busy dogs.
7/11/2011 10:17:27 PM

Anonymous

Westies love to sleep with someone. I have never raised a westie that bites or snaps. I have had families allow the dogs to boss them around as puppies and they could become snappy, but its been very rarely, and always someone who has allowed the puppy to do what it wants when it wants from the begining. To have a terrier, any terrier (plus many other types of dogs too) you need to be the alpha, not the dog. Watch Cesar Milan "The Dog Wisperer" on TV. They are very easy to train, fun and very loving. They are smart enough to train you if your not careful. The Art of Raising a Puppy, by the Monks of New Skeet is an excellent book on training or any breed of dog.
7/17/2011 8:47:36 AM

Anonymous

My Westie Duncan would sleep on my head or between my legs. He would not go to sleep without me. Westies that I have had (2) become so loyal to you that they normaly seem to bond to one person more than anyone. So if you play withyour westie and show them love. then they will be your best friend and yes they will love to sleep with you. Also they will sleep on heater vents or anywhere warm they can rest there bare belly on because they have no fur there. so thats also a reason they love to snuggle with people. With a westie you will not be dissapointed.
8/20/2011 12:50:49 AM

Anonymous

My Westie Duncan (also!) sleeps in the bed with me but does not crave contact. If I touch him, he will move to another part of the bed! He has only snapped at me when I am too much in his face or make a growling noise while I'm playing. I think it's playful, but he has bit my lip.
12/8/2011 3:26:39 PM

Anonymous

Westies if you bond with them enough they will sleep with you and they can be a bit nippy if you irritate it putting butter on your hands should work
7/18/2012 9:38:23 AM

Anonymous asked:

7/6/2011 10:25:52 PM

7/6/2011 10:25:52 PM

We live in Margate, Fl. and I know nothing about breeders, etc. Friends say to stay away from... We live in Margate, Fl. and I know nothing about breeders, etc. Friends say to stay away from puppy mills. Don't know what that is as to me it has to start somewhere. Please help my husband and I to locate "Ceasar" like on the purple dog food bag. He is all white, and we prefer a female, but that is ok if not. We want all white and very, very small. We plan to have him groomed regular and cut just like "Cesar." We are alone now and the company and love we have to offer is great. Many thanks!

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Anonymous

Very, very small is not a likely westie to start with. Breeding to the smaller dog can cause health problems. As far as puppy mills, you should be able to go to the breeders home, check on the cleanliness, care of the dogs, get a feel for the breeder. Are they knowledgeable about the breed, do they act like they care for the dogs or just want to get them sold. Do your homework, learn about the breed before you decide you want one. They are cute and wonderful little dogs, but can be stubborn to train if you aren't consistent; they need grooming regularly to stay healthy and happy; and they need time and attention to be the kind of dog in the commercial. As a breeder, I check on the homes they are going to, who they will live with, what kind of care they will be given, and how knowledgeable the buyer is to the best of my ability. Every one of the pups is part of my family from day one, and I want them to have a wonderful life with their new family.
7/13/2011 9:45:07 AM

Anonymous

"Ceasar" is a West Highland White Terrier, "Westie" for short. I have a Westie. Strong willed dogs.You need to get one from a reputable breeder for its health. I suggest-go online to the "West Highland White Terrier Club of America", read up. Get name of "Westie Rescue" person in area, call her/him. Ask questions, offer to babysit one a few days, see if this breed of dog is for you. Find out who is a good breeder in your area-- for a healthy, happy dog. Good luck. Westies are wonderful, they are not tiny, are very independent; do not like to sit on laps long. Are affectionate, but want their space. My Westie loves me so much she follows me around the house all day, but she wants her own bed.
7/16/2011 8:23:52 PM

Anonymous

I agree with the other response. Westies are normally 12 to 20 pounds, tiny is not right for a westie. If you cant visit the breeder in person ask for references from other people who have adopted a dog from them, and/or their vet. A puppy mill is someone who breeds dogs strickly for profit with no reguard to the care, health or wellfare of the dogs they have. Such as; tiny dirty cages, matted so bad the dogs cant see, illness or injury not treated by a vet, ect. They also often dont care about the quality of the dog as long as it has puppies they breed it.
7/17/2011 8:37:35 AM

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