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West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier, or Westie, is a small-sized, friendly breed known for its sturdy build and bright white coat. They require regular exercise and consistent training, as they can be stubborn at times. Westies are adaptable to various living situations and can be good with children and other pets when properly supervised. Their double coat requires regular grooming, but shedding is minimal.

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West Highland White Terriers are small-sized dogs, weighing 15-20 lbs, with a height of 10-11 inches.

energy level

West Highland White Terriers have a medium energy level, enjoying playtime and daily walks.

exercise needs

West Highland White Terriers need regular exercise, including daily walks and playtime.


Westies are intelligent and trainable, but can be stubborn at times. Consistent, positive reinforcement is important.


Westies are intelligent dogs and can learn tricks and commands with consistent training.


Westies can adapt well to different living situations, including apartments and larger homes, as long as their exercise needs are met.

with kids

Westies can be good with children, but supervision and proper handling are important to prevent injury to the dog.

with other pets

Westies can get along with other pets, but early socialization is important.

in cold climates

Westies can tolerate colder temperatures thanks to their double coat, but proper protection is still necessary during extreme cold.

in hot climates

Westies can tolerate hot climates but need to be monitored for signs of overheating during exercise.


Westies have a double coat that sheds minimally, making grooming relatively easy.


Westies require regular grooming, including brushing and occasional bathing to keep their coats clean and healthy.

bark tendency

West Highland White Terriers have average bark tendencies and may bark for various reasons, such as alerting their owners or during playtime.

health issues

West Highland White Terriers may have some health issues, requiring regular veterinary checkups and preventative care.