West Highland White Terrier Breed Profile


Among the endearing traits of the West Highland White Terrier is that they are sturdy, hardy, compact, lively, playful and inquisitive.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is an excellent companion for children and is great with families.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of this breed of dog is around 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 13 to 22 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with West Highland White Terriers include but are not limited to skin problems, hip problems, hernias, jawbone problems and liver disease.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking can be difficult with this breed of dog as they are part of the terrier group. Shedding is average, brush daily to maintain. Bathe only when necessary.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner lives in a house and has a yard to play in with lots of love and attention to give.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

The average cost for this breed of dog is around $850+ per dog. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

Not usually aggressive unless abused or neglected. Can be prone to small dog syndrome.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog makes for a good watchdog.

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