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West Highland White Terriers
West Highland White Terriers, or Westies as they are better known, are pint sized packages of energy. Compact and solid, Westies were originally bred for hunting vermin and to this day prefer chasing squirrels rather than cuddling in your lap. For more information on Westies, visit the Westie Club of America for an excellent source of information about the breed. Take their quiz 'Is a Westie the right dog for you' located on their home page before you decide a Westie is the best choice of breed for your family.


Because Westies were bred for the chase, they may not be the best choice of a pet for families with young children. One reason Westies are surrendered to rescue groups is because a Westie may chase and nip at the heals or hands of young children as they would prey. For this reason, WWR does not adopt to families with children under the age of 8 years without prior approval of the president of WWR. For a wonderful article by animal behavorist Deb Duncan on this topic, please click here to read Westies and Children. For families with older children, a Westie can make a wonderful playmate and companion.


Adult Westies have a two-tiered coat with a harder or wirey top coat and a softer undercoat while a Westie puppy has more of the softer undercoat. Originally the harder top coat protected the Westie from the elements while the undercoat provided insulation from the cold. A Westie does not require frequent baths but does require in-home brushing to remove dead hair and does require occasional trips to a professional groomer approximately every 6-12 weeks. Follow your groomer's advice on how frequently your Westie should be professionally groomed, and factor in the time and expense of grooming when determining if a Westie is the right dog for you.


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