This breed is playful, affectionate, and cheerful. They adore meeting new people and pups, but will need plenty of socialization at a young age. Westiepoos are also intelligent, loyal, sweet, and loving. These characteristics make them perfect for a medium-sized or growing family. They are wonderful with children, but can be somewhat protective around strangers. This outgoing and social breed can be prone to barking because of their protective streak. But, they can be trained to calm down quickly and quietly if given positive reinforcement and patience.
Because they are somewhat active, Westiepoos will need some space. They are best-suited in small or medium-sized homes with a small yard. This will give them plenty of space to romp without harming themselves or others. This breed adores being around their family and can be very affectionate. They thrive in growing families and enjoy that there is always someone to cuddle or play with throughout the day. If you have children that are in school, and you work outside the home, it may be best to bring them to work if possible.
Because Westiepoos are a mixed breed, they will have a larger gene pool to pull from.They will be less likely to have chronic issues that are associated with their purebred counterparts. They do, however, need to have regular veterinary checkups to keep up with exams, vaccinations, heartworm prevention, and topical flea and tick preventative measures. Although Westiepoos are a healthy breed, they may fall ill with addisons, pateller luxation, hypothyroidism, craniomandibular osteopathy, and pulmonary fibrosis. It’s best to continue regular vet visits to combat or avoid these issues so your pup can stay happy and healthy for many years to come.
Westiepoos are somewhat easy to train, but will need plenty of patience and positive reinforcement. Results from training will come gradually but will remain over time as long as you are consistent. If your Westiepoo is your first pet, you may want to work with a trainer.
Regular grooming is required for Westiepoos. You should brush your dog every day, and bathe him as needed. Make sure to have your dog groomed every season so they can stay comfortable and healthy.
Westiepoo dogs are fairly active and will need daily exercise. The best exercise for a Westiepoo is at least an hour walk every day. A trip to the dog park multiple times a week will also keep them healthy and calm. If you enjoy hiking, running, or biking it’s great to take your pup with you at least once a month. Just be sure to bring plenty of water for you and your dog and maybe even a doggie-safe backpack in case he needs a break.