These pups are busybodies, but aren’t overly affectionate. They’re happy running after squirrels and rabbits, or barking at a cat up a tree. This is an active breed that requires plenty of mental and physical stimulation to remain happy and healthy. Otherwise they can become hard-headed and destructive. Because they are intelligent and determined, they are prone to barking and can become stubborn if not trained properly.
Westie mixes are tolerant with children, but should be supervised just in case horseplay goes too far. They are loving and playful dogs that can keep up with energetic children – but once they have crashed, Westie mixes need plenty of space to recharge and relax.
Westie mixes can live in apartments or small homes, but will need some space to run around and blow off steam. They also crave human attention. If left alone and to their own devices, these pups can become destructive.If you decide to adopt a Westie mix, make sure you and your loved ones will have plenty of time to spend with him. Perhaps even check if you can bring your Westie mix to work if necessary. Your home, and your shoes, will thank you for it.
Since it is a mixed breed, Westie mixes are often relatively healthy since they have a larger gene pool. They do, however, need regular vet visits to stay healthy. You should be aware of possible ailments such as hip problems, chronic hernias, knee problems, and aggression. By keeping these in mind you will help your Westie mix be happier and healthier.
This breed is somewhat difficult to train. If you decide to adopt a Westie mix, you will want to use reward training and positive reinforcement. Then, even if you have some experience training dogs, you will want to work with a trainer. They will help you gain confidence and teach your pup to understand what is expected of them.
Westie mixes do not shed much, and are wonderful for people that have mild allergies. You should brush them every other day, and have them professionally groomed twice a year.
This breed is fairly active, and will need to be walked for at least an hour every day. You should also take them for a run, or to the dog park, every other day and then a hike or bike ride once a month. Although they will be thrilled with the activity, they may need a break. Bring plenty of water and a puppy backpack they can comfortably fit in just in case.
9 to 20 inches in height
30 to 40 pounds in weight