West Highland White Terrier - Westie

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Breed Group: Terrier
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15-21 lbs
Male: 11; Female: 10 inches
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How much do West Highland White Terrier - Westie puppies cost?

The cost to buy a West Highland White Terrier - Westie varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much West Highland White Terrier - Westie puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all West Highland White Terrier Westies sold is $925.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a West Highland White Terrier - Westie with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,400 upwards to $5,200 or even more for a West Highland White Terrier - Westie with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all West Highland White Terrier Westies sold is $700.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $925.00
Average Price: $700.00
Top Quality: $1,400.00 to $5,200.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 5300 West Highland White Terrier - Westie puppies across the United States on NextDayPets.com.

Annual cost of owning a West Highland White Terrier - Westie puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a West Highland White Terrier Westies true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular West Highland White Terrier - Westie Names for 2018

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 5300 West Highland White Terrier - Westie dogs.
  • 1. Winston
  • 2. Max
  • 3. Molly
  • 4. Annie
  • 5. Sam
  • 6. Westie
  • 7. Jake
  • 8. Lucy
  • 9. None
  • 10. Bella
  • 11. Willow
  • 12. Wesley
  • 13. Wendy
  • 14. Duncan
  • 15. Winnie
  • 16. Daisy
  • 17. Toby
  • 18. Murphy
  • 19. Westie Boy
  • 20. Charlie

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Member Since: March 2007
Location: St Louis, Missouri
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AKC registered, Health tested, plus CHIC on fathers and most of the mothers, (We follow the yearly breed club recommended health testing including evaluations of OFA Heart & eye checks, OFA hips and patellas ect.). I have raised puppies for over 29 years ago. Champion bloodlines, Excellent Quality bred to the AKC standard, healthy, with wonderful temperaments. I love baby everything, and believe in health testing along with quality. Our puppies live in our home as part of our family and are started on housebreaking when old enough. We want our puppies and retired parents to have a forever home and their new families to have a healthy, happy friend. AKC is the only purebred dog registration club in the USA for Dogs who does random DNA testing and has DNA requirements. They arent one of the misleading pet registries. Guarantee, puppy pack, lifetime support, UTD health care are some things we include for each puppy adopted. Please see my extensive website for lots more information and photos. Each breed has their own page, including; rescued dogs, rescued horses, farm critters, and more. We love updates on our babies, some of the many happy families are shown on our website. Visitors are welcome with an appointment. We look forward to meeting you! http://www.laurelspuppies.com (formally www.laurelswesties.com) Please feel free to email or call, if you don't get a reply soon please try again, as I am often outside and don't hear the phone. If I receive the email I will write back. Please write again if you get no reply. Emails are not as relabel as they could be.

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Anonymous asked:
My boss owns and runs a motel and has a Westie that got into an open room we were getting ready to clean and got ahold of a chicken carcass. He has had diarrhea for the last 3 days. She has tried pumpkin and that helped a little but its back. He is not his usual perky self and hasn't shyed away from food . Help what should be the next step besides the vet



There is nothing you should do but go to the vet. Cooked chicken bones splinter very easily and it sounds like your boss' dog has some bowel problems pertaining to the chicken bones he ate. The best thing to do for your boss; dog is to take him to the vet. He/She can prescribe some medication to help his diarrhea and settle his stomach.


I just lost my Westie. I bought her from a breeder. Maggie was 5 years old and had just had a litter of eleven pups. I had her for twelve years and she was a wonderful pet. I hope to find another Westie like Maggie! Sarah Addington


You can give a dog kaopectate for diarrhea. Plain yogurt and pedialyte (gatorade) help also.

Anonymous asked:
Addisons, how does the dog get Addisons?

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The common causes of Addisons include a variety of etiologies. An immune-mediated basis for the disease is suggested in cases where lymphocyte and plasma cell infiltration is identified in the adrenal cortex. Other less common causes include: infections,hemorrhagic infarctions, granulomatous disease,metastatic neoplasia, trauma, and amyloidsis.

Anonymous asked:
My Westie's ears were pointed when I bought him at eight weeks, but they have dropped at twelve weeks,why?



It is unclear why your Westie's ears have dropped back down at 12-weeks of age. If they are not up again by 14 weeks, I would suggest taking your pup to the vet. While you are waiting, contact your breeder to ask about the other puppies in the litter and previous litters too.


Sometimes the ears will go up and down while teething. I have also seen the ears droop when they are feeling a bit under the weather.


My Westie's ears never came up! He’s a cutie anyway but looks more like a Westie if they were up...the breeder told us as he gets older they will......they never did and he’s now 7!


Tape his ears with paper tape, hold the ear upright, DO NOT LET THE EAR GET CREASED OR FOLDED THE EAR MAY STAY THAT WAY. Tape across the front and back of each ear up to about 3/4 way up each ear until they are upright. Hopefully you can keep the tape on for about 7-10 days then remove for 2 or 3 days and if they still aren't upright --- repeat the process. Remember the more tape that is applied the heavier the ear will be and harder to stand. This will work for any breeds that normally have upright ears unless the ears are just too big and thick to stand. If a puppy's ears are laying on the sides of the head without a crease in them (like a hound) they may never stand upright...looking at both parents with correct ears is also a great clue. After a puppy's is about 4-6 months old without the ears standing they probably will not ever stand, taping a grown dogs ears will not work. Hope this helps, I bred Yorkshire Terriers for 30 years and I used this method with the "hard to stand ears."

Anonymous asked:
My westie was a female and lived to be 15.5 years old. She was neutered at 7 months and was relatively healthy until the end. She did develop anal tumors which I had removed at 13. Is this common in westies?



Tumors are common in the Westie breed, however where they are can be random depending on the genetics of the dog. I'm sorry to hear your girl has passed over the rainbow bridge. I hope you are able to welcome another Westie into your life again one day.


I lost my 131/2 yr old Westie July 29th he had a nasal tumor and brain tumor but nobody seems to mention the genetics of the pulmonary fibrosis which is common in Westies so prominate in Westies that they call it(WLD) Westie lung disease. How can you find out if a puppies carry that Gene?


I'm sorry you lost your Westie. We recently lost ours, she had this lung problem but never showed any symptoms until a few wks before her passing. She was 12 . I had never heard of this condition until I started looking for answers on-line and found a website devoted to explaining it, and the variety of ways it can suddenly present. The pain of losing our Westie is still heartbreaking. This is the website: www.westielungdisease.co.uk


Same thing happened to our beloved westie Abby. She left us at 14. Such a great friend and companion!


I lost my westie "Buster" last Saturday, he was 12 years old, the love of my life. He had complications that resulted from a double heart murmur. I miss him so much...


I lost my female Westie MACY at 12 years. She had a tumor removed from her back hindquarters and six months later had one inside her which caused her death. She's gone but not forgotten.

Anonymous asked:
A lot (but not all) of the Westies I see online appear to have very large ears, almost rabbit like. One breeder whom I spoke with indicated that most puppies have very large ears and that they "grow into them". Is this considered to be within the breed's standard?



Large is a relative term. Look at the parents of the puppy your interested in. Many adult westies do have huge ears, so their puppies are likely to also have huge ears. We prefer smaller ears and breed for smaller ears. As puppies their ears do appear larger then when they are an adult. Partly due to the way they grow and partly to the fact a puppy has shorter coat on the head then an adult. An adults longer head furnishings will cover part of the ear base so the ears look smaller. Another quality to watch for is the skin on the puppy/adult, including insides of the ears should never be just pink. It can be pale gray punish or dark gray.


They go through stages, when first born the ears seem tiny. As they grow they go through the awkward adolescent stage when one or more items seem out of proportion...mainly the ears, tails or legs. Before you know it everything starts coming into proper proportion again.


Our beautiful Westie started with such large ears we thought he looked a little like a rabbit - but he grew into his ears and they were average size by the time he was a year old. We lost him at 16 and a half years and will be looking for another pup next year - with large ears!

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Updated: 11/13/2018