West Highland White Terrier
Inglaterra FCI 5 . Small sized Terriers.

West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier he is a very lively dog, joyful, with great self-love, determined and independent.

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History

The West Highland White Terrier, better known as Westie, is a former Scottish hunting terrier. The little terriers from which the Westie they served humans for many years as watchdogs and hunters. What's more, se hicieron útiles en la casa todos los días. Keeping houses free from rats and mice, ahuyentando a una marta o zorro que quería alimentarse de pollos o palomas por la noche, demostraron ser útiles ayudantes en el hogar y en la corte. The true strength of West Highland White Terrier was active fox hunting, the marten and the otter. El pequeño terrier perseguía a estos ladrones sin ningún miedo y con toda determinación hasta el rincón más alejado de su madriguera, where they were trying to get them out of the burrow, as the hunters counted. Like his three Scottish brothers, Skye and Cairn Terrier, the West Highland White Terrier he is one of the four descendants of these old men Scottish hunting terrier.

Like the others, comes from the great gene pool of all those Scottish terriers. Sólo mediante la cría intencional, that is to say, artificial separation, Scotland's four genetically separated lower terrier breeds were born. Your current form as “West Highland White Terrieres el resultado de una crianza dirigida como perro de compañía y de exhibición de los últimos 100 years. Until 1924 was raised and led along with the current Cairn-Terrier. El color blanco puro es el resultado de una selección de rasgos externos desde la época de la cría de la muestra. Es una expresión de los esfuerzos por hacer que estos cuatro hermanos originalmente idénticos se distingan cada vez más entre sí. In 1907 the breed was recognized by the British Kennel Club. It was always a fairly rare breed in Europe. That suddenly changed around 1990.

The advertising industry recognized the attractive effect of this smart and happy little terrier. Dog food brands like “César” remain inseparably connected with Westie. The nice one Westie llegó a ser ampliamente conocido como un medio de publicidad de comida para perros y más tarde también de otros artículos. Mucha gente lo conocía como “the television dog”. He was temporarily better known than the Sausage dog or pastor alemán. La seria escena de la cría no podía satisfacer la demanda de cachorros de Westie. Esto no podría ser dicho dos veces por los multiplicadores de Alemania y de toda Europa. Dubious vendors massively selling puppies in the dog market. This was not good for the dog breed, su estado físico y su salud. Todavía hoy muchos de estos criadores, en su mayoría bien disfrazados de “breed lovers”, frolicking on the Internet.

Physical characteristics

The West Highland White Terrier es un pequeño y manejable perro de apariencia impresionante y seguro de sí mismo. He's got a pretty thick overcoat with a hard top layer but doesn't lean. Your undercoat must be hair, short, smooth and dense. Your coat is weather resistant. With a height at the withers of about 28 centimeters, weighs between 6,5 and 8,5 kg. However, the ideal weight is not given by the standard. However, the Westies son bastante pesados en relación con su tamaño físico. Of course, the color of a coat Westie it should always be white and pure white, After all, it's already in your name.

After the experiences with the fashion hype, already in 1998 se fijó en el estándar un requisito especial para la cría sana, de modo que debía rechazarse toda desviación que pudiera “harm the dog's health and well-being”. A striking feature is the tail of the West Highland White Terrier, that the standard defines as: “of 13 a 15 cm long; covered with coarse hair, without pen, as straight as possible, haughtily carried, but neither happy nor hunched over the back. A long tail is not desirable, pero por ningún motivo se debe amputar. The tail of the Westies it is a good reflection of its intelligent nature.

Character and skills

The West Highland White Terrier he's a lively guy, bright and confident. In it beats the heart of a true terrier. The official standard describes its character as follows: “Petit, Active, bold, robust, dotado de una considerable confianza en sí mismo y un aire de agudeza depredadora. Alert, joyful, brave, confident but friendly”. The old hunter has a tendency to independence and overconfidence. Le gusta verse a sí mismo como un emperador.

One should not only accept this trait with a smile and a broad inner smile., but rather appreciate it. Of course, tales ambiciones deben tener límites, pero tal vez no siempre debe notar este establecimiento de límites por nosotros los humanos. The Westies they are very loyal and affectionate. They love their family and are extremely child friendly.. They are characterized by their friendly and kind character. But they are not lap dogs. Despite his agile temperament, the Westies are not restless or nervous. Are alert, reporting unusual circumstances with excited barking.

Westies Maintenance:

The attitude of the Westies has no problems. Only grooming is mandatory, especially regular trimming. It has no demands regarding the size of the floor. It can also be kept well on the floor of a big city. Only one should allow him his daily walks. It should be noted that Westies they were hunting dogs, whose heritage lives on even with today's companion. Small dogs are very persevering and can follow their owners without problems when walking. Must be used to other pets from litter box. If he West Highland White Terrier is consistently and lovingly educated as early as the puppy's age, then this sturdy four-legged friend is a valuable companion, that adapts easily and willingly to all the living conditions of its caregivers.

Westie's Education

The education of West Highland White Terrier es un capítulo a menudo subestimado. Although the puppy looks so cute, especially in his first months of life, es un verdadero terrier muy seguro de sí mismo. And such a terrier wants to be educated and guided. The Westie requires consequences in education from adulthood. Although small, sueña como la mayoría de los terriers en algún rincón de su cerebro con asumir el liderazgo de la manada. You just have to take your education seriously. Otherwise, his education is not problematic. Quiere y necesita la guía de su amo o cuidador y es un compañero dócil, friendly and sociable.

Care of the West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier are prone to rashes with dry skin, and frequent bathing can exacerbate these problems. The bathing them once a month – or a longer interval- does not usually cause problems. Es recomendable usar jabones neutros o champú para bebés y evitar los productos con sustancias agresivas, except veterinary prescription.

After bathing they should pay particular attention in dry him very well the ears with a towel. If brushes you daily or regularly, his hair will remain healthy and bright.

It is also advisable to occasionally perform a brushing through the grubbing-up of dead hair (referred to as striping), It is a totally painless method which is performed by a professional expert in canine aesthetics. Este tipo de arreglo mantendrá la textura y características propias del manto blanco del Westie. As well, It should be cleaned them ears weekly with a piece of cotton dampened with water to remove wax buildup and avoid possible infections.

Hay que poner especial atención en limpiarle con un paño húmedo el pelo alrededor del hocico después de comer o haber cavado algún hoyo. The same, the lagrimales should be cleaned to avoid the accumulation of lagañas, ya que al ser un perro color blanco si no se cuida –diligentemente- maintain clean those parties they will wear an unsightly Brown and will make it look dirty or neglected. Cuando son mascotas se deben asear con toallitas húmedas para bebes, especially the part of the belly already to be a dog with short legs, se moja cuando hacen pipí y terminan cogiendo un feo color amarillento.

West Highland White Terrier Health

Cubs West Highland White Terrier they may have a disease called “osteopatía craniomandibular”, known as “Jaw of the lion or Scottie” It consists in the abnormal growth of bone of the jaw. This genetic disease is autosomal recessive in nature, that means that what a puppy the present both parents should have the gene and transmit it to the puppy; desafortunadamente la única manera de saber si algún ejemplar de reproducción contiene este gen es hasta que nace algún cachorro y presenta esa anomalía. By the same, quizá el propio criador no sabrá que algún ejemplar tiene esta falta hasta que nazca la camada.

Is condition usually occurs when the puppy is between 3 and 6 months of age and disappears to the 12 months.

Generalmente el diagnóstico se realiza después de haberle tomado radiografías. El tratamiento a los síntomas consiste en proveer medicamentos que ayuden al cachorro a sobrellevar ese periodo, allowing him to eat and use its snout while it suffers from pain. Corticosteroids are therapeutic agents that are used most frequently. Disease disappears spontaneously when the period of growth ends. Only in very severe cases, It does not respond to treatment, is euthanasia.

Nutrition / Food

The nutrition of West Highland White Terrier not usually problematic, siempre que provenga de una cría seria. It is not uncommon for allergies and skin irritations to require a dietary diet.

Westie's Life Expectancy

The West Highland White Terrier of serious upbringing tend to have robust health and can reach 15 años con una buena condición física.

Buy a West Highland White Terrier

There are many dubious providers of Westies on the Internet. In your own interest and especially for the welfare of dogs you should look very carefully. It is best to purchase your Westie puppy locally from an FCI member breeder. Aquí debe prestar especial atención a que no haya endogamia. Or you can go to the animal shelter and look for other types of terriers. Cubs West Highland White Terrier cost around 1.000 EUR.

Characteristics "West Highland White Terrier"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "West Highland White Terrier" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Images "West Highland White Terrier"

photos:

1 – Tara posing in Simancas (Valladolid) 27 one. 2007
2 – West Highland Terrier by Antonio Villascusa / CC BY
3 – A West Highland White Terrier in Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands. by Wouter Engler / CC BY-SA
4 – West Highland White by https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Mateo_Squad&action=edit&redlink=1
5 – West Highland White Terrier from 1915 by not specified (except those with signature on image) / Public domain
6 – West Highland White Terrier by SheltieBoy / CC BY

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Type and recognitions:

  • FCI CLASSIFICATION: 5
  • Group 3: Terriers
  • Section 2: Small sized Terriers. Without working trial..

Federations:

  • FCI – Terriers 2 Small sized Terriers.
  • AKC – Terriers
  • ANKC – Terriers
  • CKC – Terriers
  • ​KC – Terriers
  • NZKC – Terriers
  • UKC – Terriers


FCI breed standard "West Highland White Terrier"

FCIFCI - West Highland White Terrier
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Alternative names:

    1. Poltalloch Terrier, Roseneath Terrier, White Roseneath Terrier, Westie (or Westy) (English).
    2. Westie (French).
    3. Weißer Hochlandterrier, „Westie“, ursprünglich: Poltalloch Terrier, Roseneath Terrier (German).
    4. Westie (Portuguese).
    5. Westie, Westy (español).
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