Terriers are great little dogs but they are not for everyone!
Below is some information about the West Highland White Terrier and the Border Terrier to help you determine if they may be the right breed for your family.
West Highland White Terriers aka “westies” were developed in highlands of Scotland beginning in the early 1900’s. They were developed as a "working terrier" and were bred to hunt and kill vermin. They are small and sturdy with large, strong teeth and a double weatherproof coat designed to keep them warm and protect them from the elements. They have a very strong prey drive, are active, bold and courageous They will chase anything that moves and therefore must always be kept on a leash or exercised in a safe, enclosed yard or area. Because they are a terrier and have strong instincts they must have owners who will be firm and consistent with them when they are a puppy so they learn the “rules of the house” and develop in to well socialized and behaved members of the family. They are playful, curious and intelligent but can also be stubborn and self-determined. Westies would not be termed a “lap dog” and do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. They are generally very good with people but are especially faithful and loving with their own family members. As adults they need daily exercise and stimulating activity to keep them in top form mentally and physically. They require regular grooming about every 3-4 months which is usually done by a professional groomer. They are a relatively healthy breed and live on average 14-16 years. However, a number of different hereditary conditions (including allergies and skin problems) still surface on occasion and any potential owner should be aware of these and prepared to deal with them in the event that they do occur. The current purchase price for a quality westie puppy, from a reputable breeder in Canada, ranges from $2500 - $3500.
Although they are great little dogs they are not for everyone. I would highly recommend that any one considering getting a westie research the breed extensively and be sure it is the right dog for your family. It is important to be sure they are the right size and temperament and will fit in to your lifestyle. A dog is a very big investment and commitment so you want to be sure that you get the breed that will best suit your family.
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Border Terriers were developed in the border area between Scotland and England. They were used by the farmers for bolting foxes out of their holes. They were known for their vitality and ability to keep pace with a horse. They needed to be self-determined, agile, and have a lot of stamina.
Border terrier coats come in a variety of colors including wheaten, grizzle/tan and blue and tan. They have a double coat that consists of a wiry outer coat and soft undercoat. This double coat is designed to keep them warm in the most inclement of Northern climates. Overall they do not require a lot of grooming but can benefit from a weekly brushing and occasional stripping of the wiry outer coat. It is not that difficult to learn to do. There are numerous sites on the Internet with explanations and pictures on how to strip a terrier. Border Terriers have a very unique and distinctive head that resembles that of an otter. An average adult weighs between 14–20 pounds and is 12” at the shoulders
Border Terriers are very friendly, outgoing little dogs. When they are on the ground they are busy and active but once picked up they love to cuddle and give “kisses”. They are generally very good with both people and other dogs. If they receive proper training and are well socialized from young they make great companions. Like most of the small terriers they do have a very strong prey drive so it is best if they are always walked on a leash or exercised in a safe, fully secure area. They do well in both the city and country. A daily walk and regular stimulating activity will help keep them in top form physically and mentally.
Although border terriers are great little dogs they are not for everyone. I would highly recommend that any one considering getting one research the breed extensively and be sure it is the right dog for your family. It is important to be sure they are the right size and temperament and will fit in to your lifestyle. A dog is a very big investment and commitment so you want to be sure that you get the breed that will best suit your family. The price for a quality, CKC Registered, border terrier puppy form a reputable breeder in Canada ranges from $ 2000 - $3000.
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