West Highland White Terriers, also known as Westies, are adorable, sweet, small pups. This small-sized doggo has a lot of personality and affection, making them great for any household. If you’re considering Westie puppies for your house, then let’s learn more about this pooch.
A brief overview of the Westie
Westies are well-balanced pups who are short and stout. They can grow up to 10 or 11 inches tall and weigh between 15 and twenty pounds. Females will often be about an inch shorter than males. Given their size, they will do well living in an apartment. They may tend to bark a lot, though, so you’ll need to train them in that area properly. Otherwise, your pooch may drive your neighbors nuts. Anett…
West Highland White Terriers have a thick double coat that’s pure white. They are not hypoallergenic and will shed quite a bit. Your puppy’s fur should be brushed at least once per week. When they become an adult, you’ll need to brush their fur daily.
Overall, Westies are great for any family, especially if you’re an active household. They are playful, goofy, and affectionate. However, while they’ll get along with some kids, these Terriers will do better with older children.
They have a strong prey drive and may try to show dominance over bigger dogs, but this pooch isn’t aggressive. Overall, they make great watchdogs.
Bred to be working dogs, Westies have high energy levels. So you’ll need to give them exercise and playtime for at least twenty to forty minutes per day.
Where can you find Westie puppies?
If you want Westie puppies, then your best bet is to go through a reputable breeder. A good breeder will know all about Westies, and they’ll be able to tell you the family tree and health history of the litter and the parents. In addition, they’ll gladly meet with you in person because they want to get to know you and make sure the puppies are going to a good home.
Alternatively, you can look into your local animal shelter or a breed-specific rescue for Westies. They may have adults, seniors, and hybrids of this dog breed. There is still a chance that you’ll find a purebred puppy, though. It’s always a good idea to adopt and not shop.
How much does a Westie puppy cost?
The average price of this purebred is about $1,000. However, depending on where you adopt the dog, you can expect to spend between $500 and $1,500.
Preparing for your new puppy
Before you do anything, make sure you talk to your veterinarian. If you’ve never owned a dog before, research good vets. Find one that is accepting new patients and have a conversation with them. They’ll be able to help you find good places to adopt a dog, and they can give you resources about Westies. August…
Then, you can go some shopping at your local pet store. You’ll need a lot of supplies for your new furry friend. For instance, you’ll need a collar, leash, and harness. In addition, you’ll need dog food, training treats, dog toys, teething toys, a dog bed, crate, and so much more. Puppies are like babies and need a lot of supplies.
When you have everything you need, you can prepare your house for the new pup. First, puppy-proof everything so your dog won’t be able to go in areas you don’t want them to. Also, you want to make sure that they can’t get at fragile objects or electrical wires to chew on.
Give your pooch a small area in one room where you set up their bed, crate and give them some food, water, and toys. This will be their safe space for when they need a rest or are nervous. Then, finally, you can bring home your new furry friend.
Bringing home your Westie puppy
Make sure you have a couple of days off from work when you get your dog. This will allow the two of you to get used to one another. Then, you can show your pup their space in the house. Allow the pup to get used to you, all the new smells, and their new environment. If your friends and family want to come over to meet the new dog, tell them to wait a couple of days. You don’t want to overwhelm your new furry friend right away. Annetts…
During this time, you can begin training. Your Westie will need crate training, potty training, and housebreaking. In addition, they’ll also need leash training and basic obedience commands, but that can come later.
Luckily, Westies are easy to train. They can be stubborn and want to do their own thing at times, but positive reinforcement will bring their attention right back to you and learning.
Are Westie puppies right for you?
If you can handle the high energy levels and train them well, then Westies are a loveable pooch. They can adapt to any household but need early socialization for young kids, other dogs, and strangers. But, overall, Westie puppies will make a great addition to the family.