The West Highland White Terrier has such an endearing look and wonderful personality it never fails to win human admiration. Confident, outgoing, loyal, and affectionate, this breed bonds strongly with its owners.
Are Westies a good family dog? Yes it is! This is a pet that loves people and gets along easily with children, other pets, and even strangers. As such, it does not make an effective guard dog. Also, its stubborn streak can make training a challenging endeavour. As such, the independent Westie is better suited to experienced dog owners. Generally, this dog learns new skills easily.
Although this feisty canine loves humans, it is no lap dog. It likes to be constantly on the move and likes to be busy with games, exercise and sports. When its energies are not properly channelled, the Westie can be destructive, noisy, and dig excessively. However, exercise or no, this breed is the kind that likes the sound of its own voice.
These verbal dogs like to alert you of everything from passing cars to squirrels in a tree. West Highland White Terriers were bred to have big barks so that hunters could hear their dogs barking underground (an especially useful trick if they got stuck). Their bark also makes for a great alarm, but don’t expect to use them as guard dogs—they’re more likely to become friends with any intruder.
For all its spunk and wilfulness, the West Highland Terrier is a natural entertainer, amusing its owner to no end. Due to its high sociability and energy, this canine will not do well if left on its own for long periods.