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Size: Small (5- 10 kg) Shedding: Hypoallergenic/ Non shedding Color: White Temperament: Confident, friendly, alert, and independent Trainability: Can be stubborn and require consistent training and socialization Exercise needs: 30 - 60 minutes per day Life span: 12-16 years Apartment friendly: Yes, but needs regular exercise and playtime Good for first time owners: Yes HDB Approved
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The West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as the Westie, is a small, sturdy breed of dog that originated in Scotland. They were originally bred for hunting small game such as rats and other vermin. They are recognized for their distinctive white coat, which is thick and wiry, with a soft undercoat.
Westies are known for their confidence, independence, and friendly personalities. They are often described as "big dogs in small bodies" because they are fearless and have a big personality despite their small size. They are also known for their alertness, making them good watchdogs.
Due to their high energy level, Westies require regular exercise and playtime to keep them physically and mentally stimulated. They enjoy playing games, going for walks, and engaging in other activities with their owners.
Westies are intelligent and can learn quickly, but may also be prone to developing bad habits if not properly trained. They can be stubborn and require consistent training and socialization from an early age. They are generally good with children and other pets, but early socialization is important to ensure they develop good behavior around others. Overall, Westies make loyal and loving companions for those who have the time and patience to properly care for them.
West Highland White Terriers (Westies) have moderate to high exercise requirements and need daily physical activity to stay healthy and happy. Here are some guidelines on their exercise needs:
Daily walks: Westies require at least one daily walk of about 30 minutes to an hour to meet their exercise needs. A brisk walk or jog can help them burn off excess energy and maintain their overall health.
Playtime: In addition to walks, Westies benefit from regular playtime and mental stimulation. They enjoy playing games like fetch, tug-of-war, and hide-and-seek. Puzzle toys and interactive games can also help keep them mentally stimulated and prevent boredom.
Outdoor activities: Westies enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, running, and swimming, but they should always be supervised to ensure their safety. Make sure they are on a leash when hiking or running in unfamiliar areas, and watch them closely when swimming in natural bodies of water.
Indoor activities: Westies can also get exercise and mental stimulation from indoor activities like playing with toys, chasing balls or squeaky toys, and playing with other dogs or people.
It's important to note that while Westies have high energy levels, they are a small breed and can tire easily. It's important to monitor their activity level and not over-exercise them, especially in hot weather. Don't bring them out under the hot afternoon sun in Singapore. Always provide them with plenty of water and a cool, shady place to rest after exercise. A well-exercised Westie is a happy and healthy one!
West Highland White Terriers (Westies) have a thick, wiry coat that requires regular grooming to keep it healthy and looking its best.
Here are some grooming requirements and recommendations for Westies:
Brushing: Westies should be brushed at least once a week to prevent matting and tangling of their coat. A slicker brush or a wire-pin brush can be used to remove loose hair, dirt, and debris from their coat. Regular brushing also helps distribute natural oils in their coat and keep their skin healthy.
Bathing: Cockapoos needs to be bathed every week in Singapore's humid climate. Use a mild dog shampoo (we recommend Silky shampoo) and be sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid any skin irritation. Lastly, remember to blow dry to make sure the skin is completely dry to prevent skin issues.
Trimming: Westies require occasional trimming to maintain the shape of their coat and prevent matting. A professional groomer can trim their coat every 6-8 weeks to keep it looking neat and tidy.
Nail Clipping: Westies' nails should be trimmed regularly to prevent them from getting too long and causing discomfort or injury. Be sure to use a sharp, proper nail clipper and avoid cutting too close to the quick. Leave the cutting to the Professional dog groomer to avoid traumatizing the puppy if nails bleed during cutting (which is very common).
Teeth Cleaning: Regular teeth cleaning is important for Westies to prevent dental problems. Brush their teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and use a dog-specific toothpaste.
Ear Cleaning: Westies can have ear infections, so it's important to clean their ears regularly with a gentle, dog-specific ear cleaner to prevent buildup of dirt and bacteria.
Regular grooming not only helps keep Westies looking their best, but it also helps maintain their overall health and prevents skin and coat problems. Additionally, grooming sessions can be a bonding experience between you and your furry friend.