I have both a male and a female Westie (3 years old). The female is more aggressive (she is the Alpha dog) and is much more interested in chasing birds, squirrels and rabbits than the male, although he will participate if he sees her doing it. The only way I would recommend having a cockatiel with a Westie is if you introduce the dog to the bird when the dog is young and teach the dog not to hurt the bird, and to make sure that if the bird is ever out of the cage, you are there to supervise and watch out for it. I had a cockatiel that got out of its cage while we were out running errands and the dogs killed it. I don't blame the Westies for doing something that is instinctual, but you need to be aware that Westies were bred to hunt and they don't know the difference between a wild bird and a pet bird.
Answered by Anonymous - 10/16/2011 1:14:51 PM