If you have already started gaining interest in westies and want to know more about them, this is just the right section for you.
The West Highland White Terriers, or as they are popularly known as the Westies, also have another affectionate name: "big dog in a little dog's body
". But this name doesn't do any justice here because the westies are neither pushy nor temperamental.
Also, the westies don’t need to challenge or demand. They are never stubborn as long as they understand it is in their best interest. So, you just would need to convince them what is good for them and what is bad, and they would totally agree with you and jump on board to follow your instructions.
Originally bred for hunting and ratting activities, the westies have acquired these skills from generations, and get them excited in doing so, although you would not always admire their hunting instincts. Westies’ work-instincts have slowly channeled into obedient and agile activities, and getting rid of rodents isn’t their closest activity today. Westies also work as therapy dogs, and a few westies have been taken into search-and-rescue teams officially.
Westies today are well-known competitors in most of the earthen dog tests, like tracking and flyball
. As a pet owner, you can best decide how to best focus all their abundant energy on one or more of these jobs.
More about the actual size
The West Highland White Terrier has a little but sturdy body
with a deep muscular chest
and slightly on the rectangular edge of a shape. The males stand at about 11 inches (28cm) tall typically weighing in the range of 13 to 22 pounds (6-10kg); while the female counterparts are roughly 10 inches tall (25cm) and weighing about 13 to 16 pounds (6-8kg).