The term "Westie" refers to a specific breed of dog, the West Highland White Terrier. The personality of these foot-high dogs is much larger than their petite frame, making them an outgoing and amiable family pet.
The West Highland White Terrier is said to have originated in Poltalloch, Scotland. Westies were first shown in the United States in 1906 and became an American Kennel Club recognised breed in 1908.
Westies are white in colour with dark, deep-set eyes. They have a thick double coat that does not shed and must be groomed frequently. The typical adult Westie weighs 6.8 to 9.07 Kilogram.
West Highland White Terriers are devoted and faithful to their families. They possess a great deal of energy and tenacity. Westies are notorious for their strong-willed personalities, making them a challenge for beginning dog owners.
There are some possible health problems that are inherent to the Westie breed. Dry skin and skin problems are a common, but mild, complaint. A painful genetic disease known as craniomandibular osteopathy, or "lion jaw," is inherent to West Highland White Terriers.
The average lifespan for West Highland White Terriers is approximately 12 to 14 years.
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