Animal Stories - West Highland White Terrier

Animal-World Information about: West Highland White Terrier

  The versatile West Highland White Terrier is fun and adaptable for all sorts of lifestyles!
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Zachary Wulf - 2013-02-04
These are truly the best dogs in the world. At 11 months my little guy Wally was trained enough to walk without a leash. Taking care of him has even inspired me to start my own pet supply company named after him. It is called The Wallyboy Company and can be found at

rene hughes - 2013-01-20
My comment is if there is anyone who would be interested in my fabulous westie to cross with your female westie.A little bit of information about billy: he is 3yrs old great with kids and billy is looking for westie to wine and dine and hopefully start a family, billy was born on a farm in shropshire and he comes from a long and healthy line of westie,s he is up to date with all his jabs. Billy lives in maghull on merseyside and he would love to meet a lovely lady westie so if you have a westie who would love to meet my billy you can email him he is looking forward to hearing from you.

 Regards Rene Hughes

Fay McIntyre - 2012-11-04
I have a 12 week old male westie he will be 13 weeks next Tuesday next week I feed him 30g of backers puppy food in the moring and in the eveing I'm I feeding him enough I went away this weekend my wife's mates looked after him he now has worms and has been sick as well and when he poos he has blood In it as well I have given him on worm tablet should I take him to the vets to see if he is ok he is not being his normal self.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-04
    Yes, take him to a vet to make sure everything is ok.  Puppies that age need all the nutrients that they can get and the worms will deplete that.  Better safe then sorry.
Robin - 2012-08-23
I had a Westie for 16 years. Her name was Minnie (aka Minnie pearl). She was one of the loves of my life. My best friend. She was kind and loving and gave me so much joy. Her life gave so much to me, I think of my baby every day and wonder if she knows how much i will forever miss her. They are wonderful dogs human like. I now have a cockapoo who I love with all my heart but my Minnie will always be one of my most loved friends i have ever had. Rest in peace my minnie pearl and know your mommy loves you.

Shannon - 2010-11-15
I have a west highland white terrier that is after a mouse in my house! If he catches will it hurt him? Give him a disease or anything?

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  • Ronalee Brownson - 2012-07-19
    No! It won't hurt him! It is their nature to go after rodents! We lost our little dog, only 4, to back problems and then paralysis in his back legs - he was the most loyal, valiant, loving dog we have ever owned and looking for another Westie!
Alice Hammond - 2012-06-13
We got our Westie (mixed) at the Humane Society. He is so adorable. We have had him since Dec 2011. They said he was a year old. Sometimes when we feed him he gulps everything and does not chew it up then later throws it back up. I noticed in the article I read that they can have hernias. Would this be a cause of his getting sick? We have tried all types of dog foods and he will not eat anything that has beef in it. We have tried the ones with chicken and after reading they like lamb I will try that. The vet at the Humane Society did not say he had anything wrong with him. How can we tell? Thanks for your information on the website!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-13
    Some dogs will eat way too fast and then they do throw it up.  Sits like a brick in their stomach.  Why don't you try mashing up the food a little (so he isn't swallowing whole chunks) and add about a tablespoon of yogurt for digestion and settleing the stomach.  You can also raise his bowl maybe about 6 inches using the stair, a stool etc.  Something stable so he can't knock the bowl over but something a little higher than the floor.  Westies aren't real big but they are pretty bush.  You could also try feeding him twice a day in small amounts rather than once a day with a larger amount.  It would be a good idea to have him checked out and mention this to your vet. 
Cris - 2010-07-15
Dr. jungle, can you please put an article about fox terrier?

Krystal Dotson - 2011-08-01
I had a westie growing up. She was THE BEST dog ever! She was very loving and had such a personality! And though we didn't have cats when she grew up she had no problem in her later years when we did get one. I miss her dearly she lived until she was 17.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-01
    They are good pups. Very intelligent, even tempered, not barkers, affectionate.
Debbie Danner - 2010-12-06
My Westie is 6 years old and recently started having problems walking when I took him outside to go potty. I called him inside and he had trouble moving his back legs. Today he had problems moving his front legs. It is really cold about 20 degrees. I'm really worried. Please rsvp.

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-12-07
    Does he have trouble moving his legs while indoors where it is not so cold? I would advise taking him to a vet.
  • Betty - 2011-06-07
    Westies are prone to arthiritis. Do you have a regular vet? Ask him/her about this medicine called Rimadyl. My Westie takes it at mealtime, Its a small pill so i give her half in the morning and the other half at night. This drug is meant to drug for provide comfort for dogs with arthritis. Routine monitoring should be done while on any medication. My Westie is almost 13 years old and she is still trotting around like the best in town! She has bouts of stiffness- I do notice that when its cold outdoors it gets extra sensitive. My vet said that it can be because of the quick transfer of warm and cozy indoors to very cold outside. They pee and poop in the oddest positions and the instant warm to cold may stiffen up. Have a sweater for outdoors but take it off inside.
    Good luck,