All Westie Rescue Inc. - Proud Rescuers Of West Highland White Terriers

West Highland White Terriers
Nessie
Nessie
Merry Christmas from our gorgeous girl Nessie
Westies may be small white dogs but don't let that fool you, their abundance of terrier personality makes up for their size. They are renown for their cheeky, opportunistic character. If a door is slightly ajar, a Westie will most certainly push it open so as not to miss any happenings.
 
They have the ability to suck you in (and quite possibly twist you around their little paws) with their seductive eyes and sweet expressive faces.
 
Westie Angus
Westie Angus
One of our rescued Westies
Westies aren't for everyone. The wonderful illusion of the TV ad Westie can be just that. A lot of Westies aren't lap dogs or lie around quietly looking pretty and always pristine white. First and foremost Westies are terriers. Terriers are generally small active and somewhat feisty dogs, which were originally bred to hunt vermin living in underground burrows. Many have the attitude that they're always eager for a spirited argument. They are bold, confident dogs who have a mind of their own, which can be at times very hard to persuade to your wishes.  
Ava
Ava
Slowly the typically cheeky Westie in Ava, came out
 
Also known as earth dogs due to their burrow hunting instinct, cleanliness is of little importance when a Westies mind is set on their task. To have any hope of changing their focus, you must be aware of your Westies Motivation Gauge (WMG). Westie may not always be compliant, but this does not mean that they are unintelligent. Far from it, these cheeky little thinkers always want to know what they're going to get out of a situation, before actually making the move to it.  
 
Fergus
Fergus
Bones are a dogs best friend
The WMG means the greater the distraction that is causing your Westie not to follow your command, the greater you motivator diversion must be eg. loud noises, excitement, favourite toy, favourite treat etc. Diversion must be greater than the distraction to gain your Westies attention. Once you have this categorised your Westies motivators, you can then have the upper hand when it comes to persuading your Westies to do as you say.




Westie Health
This is a list of some of the health problems Westies are predisposed to:
Aggression 
Addison's disease (Hypoadrenocorticism)  
Atopic Dermatitis 
Bladder Cancer (TCC) 
Cleft Palate 
Copper Toxicosis (CT) 
Craniomandibular Osteopathy (CMO)  
Deafness  
Diabetes Mellitus 
Ear Infections 
Epidermal Dysplasia 
Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy (GCL) 
Heart Disease 
Hip Dysplasia 
Immune System 

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) 
Hernia (inguinal and umbilical) 
Juvenile Cataracts 
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS, Dry Eye)
Kidney Disease
Legg­Calve­Perthes 
Luxated Patella 
Portosystemic Shunt  
Pulmonary Fibrosis (Westie Lung Disease)  
Pyruvate Kinase (PK) Deficiency 
Seborrhea, Primary and Secondary 
Skin and Allergy Problems 
Teeth and Gums 
White Shakers Syndrome 

Informative reading

True or False
There are many myths surrounding the Westie breed. When rehousing a Westie, it is our job to make sure that the new family doesn't have any fictitious preconceived ideas about the breed. Especially those that may impact on the Westie itself.
 
Myth
True or False
Westie's come in various colours
False
The correct breed name is West Highland White Terrier, which highlights the fact that they only come in white
Westies are prey driven
True
Just like all other terrier breeds, Westies were bred to be vermin eradicators. This is why they are not recommended to live with cat, rabbits, birds & other small pets
A Westie's black pigmented skin, means they will not have any skin problems
False
There is no correlation between the black pigmented skin of a Westie & whether they will be prone to any skin problems.



  


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