The West Highland Terrier is a small hardy terrier. The Westie is a joyful, feisty breed. This breed is a quick learner and responds readily to positive training. This big dog in a little body has a "what's in it for me?" attitude. The Westie is a very social breed and makes a great family companion. They are fun loving and confident. The Westie has a strong prey drive toward small animals. He loves to chase, and should always be kept on a leash or in a secure area.
For more on the breed check out the American Kennel Club.
The life expectancy of the West Highland Terrier is 13 to 16 years.
Size & Activity Level
The West Highland Terrier will weigh between 13-20 pounds. They are a high energy breed. The Westie is comical and always ready to play.
Care & Grooming
The Westie is a low maintenance breed with minimal shedding. This breed's distinctive white coat is easy to groom with regular brushing and a bath only when necessary.