WEST HIGHLAND WHITE TERRIER DOG

The Westie is always the best: this solid white angel stands out from its competitors in show as in company. Own. Frederick C. Melville and Mark and Sally George.
 
A purely white Terrier, strongly built, blessed with a confidence of old time showman, the West Highland White Terrier has a curious external double coat smooth and white, over a soft, woolly and thick undercoat. The external hair should not be soft or silky or plush; short hair and simple coat are not desirable either; better a yellowish than soft. The skull is slightly rounded, narrowing gradually from the eyes to the muzzle with defined stop; the nose is black and quite large; ornaments thick, giving a round appearance to the head. The eyes slightly sunken and well separated, not full, and medium sized; the ears are small and erect; the neck is long enough for due head carriage. The shoulders sloping backwards; well closed elbows; forelegs short and straight; compact body; straight back; deep chest; hindquarters strong and wide from above; good angulations, hocks never straight or weak. Good bones in general. The hands larger than the feet; the carrot shaped tail is 12 to 15 cm, straight and carried happily, not over the back. The male is 28 cm, the female 2.5 cm less.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR
The best friend for children, the small Westie is very popular due to its charming character and good nature. It is energetic and loves to play with children outside (or inside). The Westie is a perfect dog for the home or apartment, and is very adaptable to your life style. In addition is one of the most attractive Terriers, and very smart in the obedience rink. Invest time and affection on your Westie and you will have an essential family member that is never too busy to sit and listen to mommy’s problems.
 
All ascent. The Westie is in vogue. “It has a good share of self esteem” and the standard makes its verdict about this flashy defender: Ch. Aberglen Lucky Lindy, winner of many Best in Show.
 
DEVELOPMENT             
Bring the children to choose your Westie puppy - they probably already are inseparable friends before leaving the breeder’s home -. Own. Marian Moeller.
Despite the breed’s white color, it has very good pigmentation. The nose and pads should turn black during the first weeks. Pigmentation might make the skin seem dark. The West Highland grows at a good pace. During dentition the ears can drop or fold forward, but should be erect as an adult. If the ears have not risen after five months, they must be taped. When the adult coat begins to grow, it must be brushed to remove the puppy hair. The new hair needs plucking soon, and then a couple of times per year. Too many baths should be avoided, to keep the hair hard as it should be. All it needs is daily brushing and combing. The Westie many times is already an adult mentally at its first birthday; its body in its second.
 
HEALTH
Playful, decided and happy, the Westie is prepared when you are, ball in hand. Although it is an excellent dog for an apartment, don’t leave it home alone too long: it will be waiting for you anxiously from the moment you left. Own. Marian Moeller.
 
It has been proven that the Westie is an easy to care for dog, very resistant and adaptable. Hair care is typical Terrier, with “stripping” and some regular trimming. The Westie enjoys outdoor activities, it stands out in obedience, and doesn’t think twice about attacking vermin if there is an opportunity. The Westie is subject to diseases common to most dogs, without too many problems typical to the breed. Legg-Calve-Perthes, a bone disease; craniomandibular osteopathy (CMO), causing severe swelling in the jaws of puppies under a year, and Krabbe disease (cell leukodystrophy), a degenerative nervous disease, all of this rare, but has occurred in the breed. Epydemial dysplasia can be hereditary in the Westie. In addition, veterinarians have reported cases of metabolic liver defects, dry keratoconjunctivitis, hereditary red blood cell disease and a genetic copper toxicity. Some specimens may suffer skin diseases. The Westie can live well to 13 years, and suddenly decays soon before dying. Some lines carry deafness.