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Westie

West Highland White Terrier

Also known as Westies, these terriers are independent, self confident, and loyal dogs.  They require quite a bit of exercise and love being social so the dog park is usually one of their favorite places to go.  Westies were bred for their hunting skills and tend to love chasing balls, playing with toys, and digging.  Training these terriers can be a challenge because of their stubborn nature.  Training sessions may need to be reinforced from time to time. Westies typically weigh between 15 and 20 pounds and stand between 10-11 inches at the shoulder.  They have almond-shaped, deep-set eyes that are in color and small pointed ears that stand erect.  These terriers have very muscular legs, a deep chest, and slightly out turned paws.  They have a thick undercoat and a rough outer coat that grows to about 2 inches in length.  Westies usually have their coarse outer coat removed by hand stripping or have a typical westie cut which leaves the back short and the legs and skirt longer.      
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