West Highland White Terrier

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 0ft 10in - 0ft 11in
Weight: 15-21lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 14 Years

Behavior

  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly2/5
  • Barking Amount5/5

Care

  • Grooming Difficulty4/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need3/5

Environment

  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly4/5

West Highland White Terrier Information

West Highland White Terrier breedDogs don’t get much cuter than the West Highland White Terrier. First, there’s the dark, soulful eyes and adorable black button nose. Then there’s the tiny, upturned ears, smiling face and fluffy white fur, all packed into a tiny 13- to 20-pound body. Simply adorable!

Despite his cute exterior, the West Highland White Terrier is surprisingly strong and plucky given his pedigree as a working Terrier. As a pet, he is a constant entertainer who loves to have fun. He is loyal and completely devoted to his family. Just make sure he is always on a leash or in a fenced in yard – this guy loves to run!

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Breed FAQs

Can West Highland White Terriers be apartment dogs?

The West Highland White Terriers does fine in apartments. They don't need lots of spaces so they should adapt well to apartment-living.

Can West Highland White Terriers be left alone?

While West Highland White Terriers prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are West Highland White Terriers good with kids?

West Highland White Terriers do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are West Highland White Terriers friendly with strangers?

Although West Highland White Terriers can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do West Highland White Terriers get along with other dogs?

West Highland White Terriers aren't usually friendly with other dogs. They tend to not get along unless carefully socialized.

Do West Highland White Terriers bark a lot?

West Highland White Terriers are known to bark quite often. This can be irritating for owners who aren't expecting it and they may require some training to limit the amount of barking.

Do West Highland White Terriers shed a lot?

West Highland White Terriers shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do West Highland White Terriers need a lot of grooming?

The West Highland White Terrier requires continued maintenance to keep their coats in healthy condition. They're not the most demanding but are on the higher end.

Do West Highland White Terriers need a lot of exercise?

A West Highland White Terrier will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are West Highland White Terriers easy to train?

Although West Highland White Terriers can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can West Highland White Terriers handle cold weather?

West Highland White Terriers do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can West Highland White Terriers handle hot weather?

West Highland White Terriers do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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