FAQ about Westie

1. What is Westie?

The Westie is known as a compact little terrier. The breed is known to be very beautiful as well. They have a two inch coat that is all white in color and the dense undercoat as well. They have dark eyes and small pointed ears. They seem to have an alert energetic look. The tail should remain long and should not be docked. The West Highland Terrier should have short little muscular legs and a closely fitted bite.


2. How to Groom my Westie?

Properly grooming your Westie puppy will make you and your puppy feel very happy. The fur is the main area that will need to be groomed. This involves trimming of the fur, brushing and or combing of the fur. With longhaired puppies you may want to comb through on a daily basis, trimming at areas that may be matted or may have a tendency to become matted. With curly and woolly dog breeds you will have to brush them every day to avoid any knots which tend to come about more frequently. The short-haired dogs with close tight hair or fur will only need a combing or brushing every two or three weeks. This is solely up you as the new owner but our recommendations should be kept in mind. 

3. How to Feed your Westie?

Feeding your new Westie puppy the right type of food can seem difficult. There are so many different brands out there that promise to do so much for your growing pup. Take a look at a few brands, the premium brands (which are usually sold at veterinarian's offices or online) will normally have a high nutritional value. This will allow you to feed your West Highland White Terrier pup less food at scheduled feedings. The brands that have a higher nutritional value will also be easier for your puppy to digest. Experienced West Highland White Terrier breeders know that you should never feed your puppy what you and I would eat. Human foods are not always best for a growing Westie puppy. They need specific ingredients to stay active and healthy and what we eat may not be good for their systems. Dog foods on the market today are made specifically for certain periods in a Westie's life. There are foods made for early puppy stages to old age. These foods contain added ingredients to help the dog excel for that stage. Most vets and Westie breeders will recommend that you feed your West Highland White Terrier puppy "puppy stage food" for the first two months that the puppy is home with you. After the two month mark you should feed your Westie puppy adult dog food. An excellent way to judge exactly when you should switch the type of food, is to take a look at the growth of your Westie puppy. Once your Westie pup has grown to around 90% of its growth then you should switch the food to adult stage. This is recommended because many puppy staged foods contain extra calcium and proteins. This may seem like a great addition to the food because we think of a West Highland White Terrier puppy as always growing and needing more calcium and protein; unfortunately, the added calcium and protein can cause problem in the joint, tendon, and muscle development of the puppy.

4. How to Train my Westie?

Obedience training is the first place to start. It is important to remember that your West Highland White Terrier puppy does not speak the same language that you and I do. You have to find a way to communicate with your new puppy in terms that he will understand and obey. Basic obedience training includes teaching your Westie puppy not to jump on people, run away, or act disobedient in any manner. Taking your dog to professional training is recommended. Many new owners are attending puppy kindergarten classes with their new pups. This is seen as very basic obedience training and will allow your Westie puppy to become socialized and well behaved. You should continue the training classes or do your own training classes at home for 10 min a day with your new West Highland White Terrier puppy. Starting training very early on is essential to success according to West Highland White Terrier breeders. Using a simple but stern "No" for bad behavior, and rewarding for good behavior is a form of training even though most owners may not even realize they are not only teaching but training their new Westie pup. Teaching your puppy what is acceptable and what will not be tolerated is very important. There are tons books on the basic rules and training techniques that can help you with your new West Highland White Terrier puppy. Each puppy is different and may take to different methods of training. Try out a few forms until you find what your puppy will respond to. It is important to understand that you should never hit your puppy. Being consistent and using rewards and praise are truly the best way to train. Using "No" during the unwanted action is important, but should never be followed with a hit or a slap. There are very productive ways to train your Westie puppy without using violence. Dominance over your dog will come by using a leadership mentality not harshness.

5. How Do they interact with Children?

You must keep in mind that your Westie puppy will usually only tolerate so much from a small child. Explaining to your son or daugther how to play with the new West Highland White Terrier is important. Tips include: explaining that all living creatures feel pain and to be very gentle when playing with the Westie puppy, not to bother the puppy too much especially while he is eating or sleeping, and that screaming, pulling, kicking, and restraining your Westie puppy is very harmful and should never be allowed.

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