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When you cross a West Highland White Terrier with a Poodle you get a Westiepoo also called a Wee-Poo, Wee Po, Westipoo, Westie-Poo, Westidoodle and Westiedooodle. This mixed dog is a medium size with a life span of between 12 to 15 years. She is a great dog for people with allergies as both parents are considered hypoallergenic and she is very sweet and outgoing.
|Here is the Westiepoo at a Glance|
|Average height||11 to 17 inches|
|Average weight||20 to 40 pounds|
|Coat type||Medium, soft, wavy light|
|Grooming Needs||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||At least two to three times a week|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||Very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Good to very good|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good|
|Good with Children?||Good to very good – better with older ones|
|Good with other Dogs?||Moderate to good – needs socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good to very good|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Average|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Very good to excellent|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good to very good|
|Trainability||Moderately easy but house training can be hard|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Above average.|
|Major Health Concerns||Addisons, Patellar luxation, Cushings, Legg-Perthes, Epilepsy, eye problems, bloat, hypothyroidism, Von Willebrand, skin problems, Craniomandibular Osteopathy, Pulmonary Fibrosis|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, weight gain|
|Life Span||12 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$250 to $800|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $575|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$375 to $500|
Where does the Westiepoo come from?
The Westiepoo is a designer dog and as with most designer dogs not a lot is known about her origins. It is known she comes from the US and that her beginnings were in the early 1970s after the Cockapoo in the 1960s. She is one of many designer dogs who has the Poodle as a parents. Designer dogs tend to be mixed dogs with two purebred parents. Most are given a name that have the parents names blended together some how. Some are made with integrity and thought and some are made just to make money by puppy mills and bad breeders so be careful where you buy from.
While breeders may claim otherwise in most cases it is not possible to promise a certain look or temperament with Designer dogs. The genes can combine in any way and there is no way to control or determine it. Even puppies that are siblings can vary when it comes to these first generation dogs. With little history the best way we can get an idea on the possibilities of what goes into a Westiepoo is to know something about each parent.
The Poodle might be all about looks in dog shows today but originally he was bred to retrieved waterfowl for hunters. This is why his coat is like it is, to protect him from the water. He is German in origin, though ancestors of Poodle before that can be found back as old the first century BC! There are three sizes and have been for hundreds of years, the standard, the miniature and the toy. The French were the ones who bred him more to how we see him today though and it was circuses and Gypsies who started the extravagant clipping styles that are still popular now.
He is a very intelligent dog, eager to please and has a great memory making him easy to train. He can be aloof with strangers but he is a warm hearted, affectionate and clownish dog in reality which makes him perfect for families, especially those with children.
The West Highland White Terrier
The West Highland White Terrier also called the Westie, is thought to come from a 17th century small dog given to the King of France by James I. He originates from Scotland and was used for vermin hunting and other small critter hunting. In the past he has had several names including the Roseneath terrier and the Poltalloch terrier but in 1906 was recognized by the English Kennel Club as the West Highland White Terrier.
He is a fun, clever and bold dog as most terriers are! He loves simple things like food, a good rub and playing with his favorite squeaky ducky. His cheerfulness makes him a popular dog despite the fact he can also be terribly mischievous. He is friendly and loving to his family but not much for being a complete lapdog. He is a lively dog and while not aggressive, despite his size if challenged would not back down from a fight. He does not always respond well to same sex dogs, more female to female than male to male interestingly enough. Training and socialization are key.
The Westiepoo is a sweet, energetic and outgoing dog who loves to play, is friendly and affectionate and very loyal. She gets on well with almost everyone and is protective, loving and very happy. She is a smart dog, has a lot of curiosity and likes to be social and get lots of attention. She is a great family dog and gets on best with older children but she also makes a great companion for couples or singles living in apartments. She can get bored and destructive if left alone for too long so is not best suited for people with busy lifestyles as she bonds closely and needs human companionship. She can be spunky and can get irritated easily and is also wary around strangers.
What does the Westiepoo look like
She is a medium sized dog weighing 20 to 40 pounds and standing 11 to 17 inches tall. She has a medium length coat that is light, wavy and soft. Colors include black, white, brown and tans. She has a compact and sturdy body with rounded head that is well proportioned to her body. Her nose is usually black and her eyes are round. She has stocky and short legs and her fur often looks tousled even after a good grooming!
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Westiepoo need to be?
She has a lot of energy and is a fairly active dog who will need regular exercise each day. For example two 15 minute walks a day plus some robust play time inside or out is a minimum. You may want to throw in additional things like trips to a dog park, play time in a yard and so on. She needs some toys and activities that challenge her mentally as well as physically.
Does she train quickly?
Westiepoos are usually moderately easy to train, they are intelligent, love the attention and as long as it is kept positive, using treats and praise to encourage her, all should go well. It may not be a super quick process but it should not be too painful. However she is harder to house train so that will require more patience. Keep with it, be consistent and firm but never harsh or scolding. Early socialization and training are very important and should be treated so. It will help her become the best dog she can be.
Living with a Westiepoo
How much grooming is needed?
She has low to moderate needs when it comes to grooming. Her coat should be brushed at least two to three times a week but expect it to go back to a rumpled look quite quickly! Use a mild dog shampoo when it is time to give her a bath, and only bathe when she needs it. The hair around her ears and eyes may need trimming fairly regularly and her ears should be checked and wiped clean once a week. She is low shedding and as both her parents are hypoallergenic she is too. If you decide to keep her clipped for a shorter coat that will reduce the amount of grooming needed. Between wet baths you could try dry shampooing. Her teeth should be brushed at least three times a week and her nails will need clipping when they get too long.
What is she like with children and other animals?
She is good with children, especially with socialization and if she has been raised with them. She is playful, affectionate and can be protective even. Because sometimes she has a bit of a short temper she may best with older children who know when to stop and and how to interact with her without being annoying or hurting her. Supervision with younger children is a good idea. Usually she gets on fine with other dogs and other pets.
Some Westiepoos are alert and will bark to alert you of an intruder and some are less likely to. Some also have a stringer protective instinct and may even act to defend you or the family. She will need to be fed 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of high quality dry dog food each day. She should have that put into at least two meals though. She is an occasional barker.
Puppies can inherit health issues from their parents so the Westiepoo is more at risk of the conditions each parents is. That includes Addisons, Patellar luxation, Cushings, Legg-Perthes, Epilepsy, eye problems, bloat, hypothyroidism, Von Willebrand, skin problems, Craniomandibular Osteopathy, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Hip dysplasia and weight gain. Visit the puppy to see the conditions she has been born into and tell the breeder you need to see parental health clearances before purchase to lessen the risks of having a sickly dog.
Costs involved in owning a Westiepoo
A puppy of this mix could cost between $250 to $800. Other costs for things like carrier bag, crate, collar and leash, spaying, chipping, deworming, blood tests and vaccinations come to between $455 to $500. Annual costs for essential medical needs like check ups, shots, pet insurance and flea prevention come to between $460 to $575. Annual costs for basic needs that are not medical in nature like toys, food, license, training and treats come to between $375 to $500. For things like regular visits to a groomers you will need to expect a high annual cost.
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She is a great dog who could be good for people with allergies looking for a friendly, sweet and outgoing medium sized dog. She needs some activity so needs you to be somewhat active and willing to take her out each day.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- Where does the Westiepoo come from?
- What does the Westiepoo look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Westiepoo
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Westiepoo