West Highland White Terrier Grooming

West Highland Terrier Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 7 – 10kg (15 – 22lbs).
Female – 7 – 10kg (15 – 22lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 25 – 28cm (10 – 11in).
Female – 25 – 28cm (10 – 11in).

Coat:
Double coat – straight, rough outer coat and short, close undercoat.

Average Life Span:
12 – 14 years.

Average Litter Size:
 2 – 5 puppies.

West Highland Terrier Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
One of the first steps in West Highland White Terrier grooming is bathing your dog.  These Terriers are renowned for their stunning white coat so precautions should be taken to preserve the coat's unblemished hue.  Using an item such as the Groomers Blue Pearl Coat Enhancer will help to renew the natural shine and colour of the fur.  After this stage of West Highland White Terrier grooming, you should ensure the coat is dried thoroughly.

Another important aspect of West Highland White Terrier grooming is regular brushing of the coat.  Although the fur is of a relatively short length and rather straight, their coats still require constant brushing, untangling and attentive care.  Owners of these Terriers should brush their dogs' fur daily with a stiff brush such as the Yento MP Pure Bristle Brush.  When their fur becomes tangled, the coat can quickly become unmanageable so use of a slicker brush or de-matting rake may be required if you see any tangled fur.  It essential, as part of your West Highland White Terrier grooming, to remove mats as soon as you see them, especially before bathing.

One more stage of West Highland White Terrier grooming is the clipping of the coat.  Occasional maintenance using scissors or a trimmer can be undertaken, especially around the face and foot area.  However, the dog's entire coat should be trimmed every few months to ensure your Westie remains comfortable.  You can do this yourself using specially designed dog clippers but if you don’t feel comfortable, take your West Highland White Terrier grooming needs to a professional.

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