This popular breed is one of the most desired amongst families who are looking for a friendly and energetic puppy who also likes snuggles on the sofa in the evening.
This particular breed has been described as displaying the typical terrier temperament that can put some owners off. They are for example known to lack the discipline of some other breeds when it comes to recall and tolerance amongst young children. For this reason most dog breeders suggest using basic training commands on the young pup as early as possible and to introduce young children to the pup asap. With the natural burrowing and hunting instinct found in most terriers the Westie will certainly keep you entertained on the daily walks.
Traditionally seen as a companion dog the Westie is fond of human company and will delight in being fully absorbed into family life. He’s an amenable character who will cope just as well in an urban flat as in the country. With bags of character and a temperament that is far removed from the breeds foundation as a hunter and ratter the modern Westie will adapt well to being a family dog, although the breed is renowned for being antisocial towards Westie’s of the same sex who live in their home environment.
Eager to train and quick to learn new skills the dogs make a great companion for older children who are keen to get involved in the Westie’s training regime. With a naturally low energy drive he will not place too many demands in terms of exercise but will prefer two short walks per day rather than one longer one. With an amenable attitude he will fulfill the role of watch dog in the family home, but can easily become spooked when hearing unexpected noises. Westie’s are keen to help around the home with their favourite habit being to burrow in the garden and dig up ‘treasure’, so perhaps not the best choice of dog if your a keen gardener.
As with all puppies ensure you do your research BEFORE making the commitment and purchasing a Westie puppy. Making sure you only buy your dog from an experienced and knowledgable breeder and checking the parents before committing is a valuable tact. Remember to check your local rescue centre as an older dog may be a suitable option depending on your circumstances.
Remember the Gencon All in One head collar can be used on all breeds, including the West Highland White Terrier.