West Highland White Terriers

Affectionate, playful, and full of fun are just some of the words used to describe the popular Westie breed.

West Highland White Terriers, affectionately called Westies, are terriers are heart. They have an independent streak, which stems from their original roles in hunting and ratting, but are also filled with a love of life.

The West Highland White Terrier breed is easily trainable due to their intelligent nature and is a family favorite because of their social skills. Westies get along with anyone and everyone, from kids to other dogs.

Why We Love the Westie Breed 

  • Westies are social butterflies! They make great family dogs.
  • These precious pups can adapt to almost any home environment.
  • Westies can be silly; they’re always making their owners laugh!   
  • Your Westie is going to love some playtime! He loves outdoor activities but is also happy to cuddle on the couch after a long day.

Things To Consider

  • Westies are terriers, which means they can be a little loud. Keep this in mind if you live in an apartment with thin walls.
  • That intelligence can also make for a stubborn Westie. Make sure your pup receives proper training.
  • This social breed doesn’t do well as a one-person dog. Westies need socialization!
  • West Highland White Terries have a good bit of energy. If you’re looking for a dog that sleeps all day, a Westie may not be your first choice. 

Why Rescue?

These bundles of fun have been making families happy for years. Currently, they’re on the AKC’s list of top 50 dog breeds in the U.S. Their fun-loving, spunky, and sweet nature has made them a family-favorite, but not to the Westie’s benefit. Unfortunately, this popularity can lead to unethical breeding practices, which can exacerbate heath issues in the breed such as cataracts and hip dysplasia. Instead of supporting unethical breeders, rescue a Westie instead! 

Westie Rescues

Whether you’re looking for a Westie puppy or a full-grown Westie pal, there are tons of pups near you just waiting to find their forever home! Here are just a few:

Energetic, fun & sweet
Avg. Weight
12 - 16 years
Regular brushing
Avg. Life Span
12 - 16 years
West Highland White Terriers near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA emziemer@aim.com
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA longstreetcats@gmail.com
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA littlebuddies@erols.com
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