The West Highland White Terrier is very distinctive due to its small size and coat. They have a medium-length double coat that only comes in one color — white. This coat has no markings and no other variations, hence their name! They do require quite a bit of grooming, so make sure you’re prepared to keep up with this. You’ll have to take them for a haircut every few weeks and brush their coat plenty in between. If you don’t do this, you’ll regret it when their fur has to be shaved, and mats can also be painful!
These dogs are great with people. Not only are they loyal and affectionate with family members, but they’re even very sociable with strangers. This can be hard to find, as some breeds are naturally pretty reserved! The West Highland White Terrier takes less work to be stranger-friendly, but you’ll still have to socialize them to make it happen. A dog can have all the best traits to set them up for success but if you don’t work at it, they still won’t be great with people.
West Highland White Terrier – A High Energy Dog
They can be wary of other dogs at first. When introducing them to other dogs, take it slow and let them progress at their own pace. This will help in the long run. Exposure to other dogs when they’re a puppy is pretty vital.
This dog has high energy but they’re pretty small. That means they need exercise and stimulation, but you likely shouldn’t take them hiking! Instead, give them short walks but spend a lot of time playing with them. A fenced-in backyard isn’t necessary for their happiness but will make both of your lives easier if you have one.
Once you do get to know the breed you will quickly fall in love with them.