How to adopt or buy a West Highland Terrier?
If your looking to adopt or buy a West Highland Terrier. Please read our West Highland Terrier breed buying advice page first, or try our useful Dog Breed Selector to find the perfect dog breed. Read our West Highland Terrier breed advice or use our Dog Breed Selector to find the perfect dog breed.
What kind of dog is a West Highland white terrier?
The West Highland White Terrier was recognized by the AKC in 1908, along with two other breeds: the Doberman Pinscher and the German Shepherd Dog.
How often should a West Highland white terrier be brushed?
West Highland White Terriers are generally healthy dogs, and responsible breeders screen their stock for health conditions such as cardiac disease and patellar luxation. A Westie’s teeth should be brushed often, using a toothpaste formulated for dogs.
Is there a test for West Highland white terrier osteopathy?
Craniomandibular osteopathy is an autosomal recessive disease in West Highland white terriers, but there is no test to identify affected dogs or carriers of the gene. Affected dogs and their relatives should not be bred from since they may produce affected offspring if mated with another affected dog or a carrier.
What to do if your West Highland Terrier has health problems?
Start your West Highland White Terrier off on the right foot by feeding the right food, giving the right vaccinations, finding the right vet, and if you’re going to spay or neuter, don’t do it too early. Jump down to this list of Westie Health Problems Or check out my advice for raising a healthy West Highland White Terrier puppy or adult dog:
How old does a West Highland white terrier get?
Between 3 and 12 months old, an affected dog becomes inflamed and itchy on his head, feet, and belly. As the disease spreads, the puppy scratches constantly and loses his hair. His skin becomes dark and greasy and thickened like an armadillo. Then come recurrent yeast infections.
How big does a Westie terrier mix get?
When the Westie reaches adulthood, he should stand at a height of 10 to 11 inches tall in the male breed. If it’s a female, she will be a little smaller, but the weight ranges anywhere from 14 to 20 pounds. The Westie first came from Scotland as a breed to handle hut vermin, but it turned out to be such a fantastic companion dog.
What is epidermal dysplasia in West Highland white terriers?
Let’s talk about epidermal dysplasia in West Highland White Terriers. Epidermal dysplasia is also called Westie armadillo syndrome – for good reason, as you’ll see. This inherited skin disease is quite dreadful. Between 3 and 12 months old, an affected dog becomes inflamed and itchy on his head, feet, and belly.