West Highland White Terrier was bred in Scotland in ancient times and was originally created as a hunting breed of dogs. Despite the fact that it is a small dog , it was used to catch normal animals such as badgers, foxes, etc. This is a workable and hardy hunter, possibly a descendant of core-terriers, who were bred in England.
West Highland White Terrier: details
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Size and duration of life
The growth of the dog varies from 25 to 28 cm, and the weight from 6 to 10 kg. Color from white to light wheaten, medium-length wool. With the right content can live from 12 to 15 years.
Her body seems small compared to the head and therefore the dog looks pretty funny.
In view of its not large size West Highland White Terrier could well live in a city apartment. But his body requires hunting loads: regular and active walking. This breed has such a large reserve of energy that it constantly requires an active game or playing sports.
They are restless and funny dogs, who love attention very much and constantly demand it to themselves.
West Highland White Terriers, like most terriers, love ringing and bark and dig a lot. So if you have a special garden design and expensive varieties of flowers, it is better not to let the dog in there. At the same time, it is extremely difficult to wean this habit, since it is dictated by the hunting instinct, as well as by the dog's need to demonstrate its perseverance and independence.
The nature of the Highland White Terrier
Basically, these are intelligent dogs with good manners, fairly calm and playful, peace-loving, but always ready to desperately and bravely defend their master, regardless of the size. Like all terriers, they require training and education. But they learn quite easily and are quite manageable, although they can be stubborn. This is a common feature of all terriers. However, these dogs are also suitable for inexperienced owners.
West Highland white terriers are sociable and very smart dogs, they adore to make a company to a person, so they can be safely taken along on a trip. Nevertheless, they are jealous and on this ground other pets they can have conflicts. Therefore, before you have another pet, it is worthwhile to ascertain in advance how West Highland White Terrier will treat it, can acquaint them.
West Highland White Terriers are great for families with older children. However, this breed is not recommended for families with children less than ten years old, because West Highland White Terriers are not inclined to be patient with young children , especially if they treat the dog roughly.
Health and disease
In general, West Highland White Terriers are a fairly healthy breed of dogs. However, it has specific diseases, to which animals are more often predisposed.
This is atopy, yeast dermatitis, pulmonary fibrosis, food allergy, diabetes mellitus, cutaneous histiocytoma, aseptic necrosis of the femoral head, keratoconjunctivitis and cataract, cardiomyopathy, hip dysplasia, craniomandibular osteopathy, congenital deafness and meningoencephalitis of white dogs.
Rarely, but nevertheless, such diseases as a defect of the interventricular septum, hypertrophy of the right ventricle and stenosis of the pulmonary trunk can arise in this breed.
Care for West Highland White Terrier
Caring for them is difficult because of their wool. At least twice a week they must be combed, and trimmed or cut two or three times a year.
West Highland White Terrier also needs to regularly pluck the wool around the ears and eyes, and for hygienic reasons it is better to shear around the genitals and anus. Bath West Highland terrier because of its white wool is a monthly, as well as after heavy pollution.
Most people prefer their west highland white terriers to cut. It's faster and easier to trimming. And most convenient, if the dog does not participate in exhibitions. But to prepare for the exhibition West Highland White Terrier must be plucked or trimmed. This makes the wool stiffer, and the shape is sharper