Westies have double coats as babies before their eyes even open, it can be hard to see. The coarse outer gaurd hairs stick out and are longer, when you blow in the coat, or rub it backwards you will see many softer, shorter hairs between all the outer hairs.
They do not get a full mature coat until 2 to 3 years of age, so the coat on some may seem short for awhile. Some pet quality westies may have a very skimpy or nonexsistant undercoat, or never develope the long full outer coat.
Answered by lgrench - 4/20/2011 11:44:27 AM