Everybody loves a baby animal and Westie puppies are adorable, but new dog purchasers often do not realize commitment they are making when they bring a puppy home.
For those want companionship of Westies dogs, but do not have knowledge or patience to endure training process, rescuing an older Westie dog may be right alternative.
When considering an older West highland terrier dog, first thing that many people think is that they would be getting a dog with problems, either genetic problems common to Westies, or behavioral problems from improper training.
The truth is, many Westie dogs go to shelters for reasons that have nothing to do with dogs' inherent qualities. Every year, dog owners die, move to retirement homes, change jobs, get divorced, have new babies, or, unfortunately, simply tire of responsibility of caring for a dog.
The advantages of older dogs are many. They have already finished teething, and no longer feel urge to chew holes in your shoes, rugs, and furniture. Westie dogs that are older have grown used to sleeping through night while their people sleep, as opposed to westie puppies, who wake up and whine.
Older pets will have already been housetrained and also should know meaning of word 'no,' making their continued training that much easier.
When you encounter a Westie puppy, you only have breed standards to give you an idea of what kind of dog it will grow into. Although Westhighland dogs have a typical personality type, there are variations from dog to dog. The full-grown Westie is a know quantity. The Westie dog you meet is what you will get, and you can quickly determine if it will fit into your home.