How to care for a westy

The westy or also known as west highland, belong to the breed of terrier dogs that are characterized by their funny personality and being very kind to humans, although sometimes they can seem hostile to other dogs. This group of dogs is originally from Scotland where they were bred for the first time as rats, foxes and any other animal repulsive to society. Another characteristic of the westy, is that they are excellent guardians, however they need you to be firm with them and demand constant training. If you want to know more about this race group, we show you how to care for a Westy .

Steps to follow:


Hygiene will be the first thing to take into account to care for a westy, although they need little grooming you should do it the right way and regularly. Brush the hair of your westy every day, although they do not have a prominent hair this tends to have knots so you should use a brush with short bristles. Bath them once a month, since doing so frequently can cause allergies and dry out your skin, in the same way you should use a special shampoo to avoid problems in your skin and remember to use a conditioner to soften your hair. In the same way you can take it to the hairdresser to have a special hairstyle, which enhances the sweetness of this dog even more.


Another aspect to keep in mind about how to care for a westy is cleaning his nails and ears. Their ears have a large and pointed shape which result in the accumulation of dirt and the proliferation of bacteria that could cause an infection. On the other hand you should cut your nails every two weeks, as well as the hair that is around your legs.

It should be noted that if a westy has parasites you will usually find it behind its ears, under the legs or under the snout, so you should not keep those areas very clean.


As we have seen previously the westy have a tendency to parasites, so it is necessary that you go to the veterinarian once you acquire the dog so that it establishes the vaccines that you need, usually you get deworming vaccines three times a year .

As for feeding a westy, the best thing you can do is consult your veterinarian since he will provide you with the best food option that meets your physical needs.


The westy are a very active breed, so long walks are necessary, remember that they are great diggers so they will enjoy walks through gardens or looking for some hidden object. They are also very familiar dogs so it will undoubtedly be an ideal companion if you have children, include them in family activities this will benefit you not only physically but emotionally.


The pathologies that the westy could suffer are:

  • Leukodystrophy of globoid cells, which results in the demineralization of the central and peripheral nervous system.
  • Cranomandibular osteopathy, is a hereditary pathology in which there is a symmetrical bone growth of the jaw and the skull.
  • Waterfalls.
  • Patellar dislocation, refers to when the bone that is in front of the knee, is dislocated, causing weakness and pain.
  • Toxicosis due to copper is a very common disease in this breed, however it can also be developed by the administration of excess copper crystals that may be present in purgatives or foods with an incorrect formula.