West Highland White Terrier - Westie GroomingWritten by Jeff Cuckson
Westie Grooming – When your west highland white terrier becomes part of your family, it deserves care love and support that is given to all members of your family.
As part of package, this would include grooming of your Westie. I am not talking as a show dog. The west highland terrier is an elegant looking and smart dog . It has such beautiful eyes, which is my favorite feature.
Its class is terrier and origin, as name suggests, Scottish. The color is white. Did I say white? No definitely not today. However, when he or she has dug up part of your newly planted scrubs, you would like to strangle it.
Here are 5 success tips on how to groom your westie. I am not talking about turning out a show dog. If this is what you want, then go to a groomer. They can be found in every town and city from London to New York to Atlanta.
1. Most Westies enjoy being groomed. Begin brushing and examining your Westie when it is very young. Be positive, patient and gentle.
2. Grooming is a part of your Westie's general health care and hygiene routine. It includes brushing, combing, nail-clipping, ear and dental care, bathing and scissoring, stripping or clipping of hair coats. Regular grooming stimulates circulation, improves appearance and reduces shedding.
3. It also enables you to discover lumps, lesions, cuts, scratches or external parasites. Frequent haircuts are even more important for Westies than for humans. Long hair breeds dirt, bacteria and is more prone to matting.
West Highland White Terriers – Westies- A Wonderful Breed ApartWritten by Jeff Cuckson
“Westies” or West Highland White Terriers are furry coated dogs, with dots for coal black eyes and button noses.
Why are West Highland White Terrier puppies sought after by many dog lovers? Because these friendly creatures are well-behaved, loyal and affectionate dogs, who may be pocket sized (average a 10-11 inches tall), but are highly intelligent animals.
You won’t have a hard time training these dogs, whether solely as house pets, or for show. Their keen intelligence makes it seem like play. However, they learn better and best to training sessions that are done on a schedule.
Brush their white coats two to three times a week, to keep it shiny and clean. If you do intend to enter them for competition, make sure your pet is regularly trimmed, plucked and stripped of his or her coat.
A West Highland white terrier lives an average of 15+ years, and usually has a litter of two to five puppies.
What is history behind West Highland White Terrier breed? This breed originated in Scotland developed in high mountains of West Scotland, to hunt vermin. They claim a common ancestry to Scotch Terrier.
References to existence of West Highland White Terrier can be seen as early as 18th century, like one painting done by Sir Edwin Landseer. The piece entitled "The Breakfast Party" clearly features West Highland Terriers.
Another name of West Highland White Terrier, is as Poltalloch terrier. The name refers to home of Col. E.D. Malkolm, first breeder of these breed. In 1907, breed then registered as Roseneath terrier, little Skye and Cairn. Then in 1909, AKC officially changed breed’s name to what it is known as today, West Highland White Terrier breed.