I have to be honest at the outset here. I never thought I could warm to a small Westie ie. I always preferred the larger type of Dog.
However since I was outvoted by my 2 sons and my wife, we obtained our Westie puppy called Pepper at the age of 6 weeks. At that age, you couldn’t but like him. He was so cute and cuddly.
However he has completely won me around and now I adore the litte monster. The standing joke in our house is that when I ring up home, the first thing I ask is “Has the Westie been fed?”
If you need good company, a loving, smart and funny dog, then look no further than a Westie. By taking care of them and giving them your love, you will receive the same love and affection back many many times over. They are also so loyal and devoted to you.
Your West highland terrier puppy or dog, will bring a smile to your face every time you get back home after a tiring day. So lets begin to find out about these heart steelers.
I know how busy life can be with family and work commitments, but I hope the following success tips can help you in picking your west highland terrier and make sure that it right for you.
No 1: – Buying a Westie will bring a major change to your life. Ask yourself if you are really prepared for that, especially if you’re already dealing with babies, kids going off to school, divorce, relocation or returning to work.
No 2: – Owing a dog requires many things, i.e. considerable time invested, money, patience in training, enough attention and exercise for your beloved pet.
No 3: – Among the costly sides of this ownership, please consider regular visits to your vet, annual vaccines, heartworm testing, monthly year-round preventive, spaying/neutering.
No 4: – Make sure you choose a dog that matches your lifestyle, by studying the breed’s history, talking to dog owners and breeders, surfing the Internet, reading books and magazines on dogs, consulting with your local all breed club, boarding kennel or veterinarian.
No 5: – You can find a responsible breeder from the parent club website for your location, at a dog show, or from the local club; details from your phone book or local library.
No 6: – It is strongly recommended that you contact the Parent Club first, since they have access to a greater number of breeders and specific information on the breed you’ve chosen.
No 7: You need a responsible breeder because they always breed to improve the health of the breed, they know their stock, study pedigrees and do extensive health screening.
They will kindly answer your questions and help you with a lot of advice and useful information. They also want their dogs to be in good homes.
They have an active history in shows or other competition, and should be involved in a club or rescue activities. They will provide as a contract with health guarantees and papers for registering your puppy. Breeders’ expertise enables them to avoid skin disorders and any other genetic problems in their lines. They can also instruct you on the do’s and don’ts with your Westie.
Disclaimer; Any information contained in this site relating to various medical, health and fitness conditions of Westies or other animals and their treatments is for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by your own veterinarian. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing the health of any animal. You should always consult and check with your own vet or veterinarian.