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West Highland Husky Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about West Highland Husky so you can get to know the breed more.

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West Highland Husky
OriginScotland Russia
Other Names
What other names does the West Highland Husky have? The dog breed also known as...
Siberian Husky & West Highland White Terrier mixWestsky
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is West Highland Husky recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is West Highland Husky recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the West Highland Husky breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Price
How much does the West Highland Husky puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? West Highland Husky price:
$700-$1200
If you choose to purchase the West Highland Husky, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a West Highland Husky for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the West Highland Husky gets to a happy place.
Availability
Average

West Highland Husky General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? West Highland Husky size:
SmallMedium
Weight
How much does the West Highland Husky weigh? West Highland Husky weight:
Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the West Highland Husky? West Highland Husky average weight:
Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the West Highland Husky? West Highland Husky height:
Male: 16-19 inches (41-47 cm), Female : 14-17 inches (38-44 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? West Highland Husky average height:
Male: 17.5 inches (44 cm), Female : 15.5 inches (41 cm)

West Highland Husky Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the West Highland Husky have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FluffyDense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper West Highland Husky's coat?
Agouti WhiteGraySableRedBlack
Grooming
How to groom the West Highland Husky and how often?
Advanced: The West Highland Husky requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your West Highland Husky a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your West Highland Husky, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do West Highland Husky dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Siberian Husky & West Highland White Terrier mix? West Highland Husky shedding level:
West Highland Huskys shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the West Highland Husky need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my West Highland Husky every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

West Highland Husky Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the West Highland Husky have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertGentleOutgoingFriendlyIntelligentAffectionateCourageousIndependent
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the West Highland Husky? Are they intelligent?
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú West Highland Husky. Türelemre van szükség ahhoz, hogy ezt a fajtát bármilyen trükkre és parancsra megtanítsd, ám az erőfeszítés megéri. Megértik és megjegyzik az új parancsokat átlagosan 25–40 ismétlés után.
Trainability
Are West Highland Husky dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
West Highland Huskys are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The West Highland Husky is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? West Highland Husky sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. West Highland Huskys don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
West Highland Huskys are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Siberian Husky & West Highland White Terrier mix need? West Highland Husky social needs:
West Highland Huskys are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do West Highland Husky dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Siberian Husky & West Highland White Terrier mix bark?
Average to high: The West Highland Husky is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is West Highland Husky good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
West Highland Huskys are not the best watchdogs. They aren't very territorial and protective about their property, so they probably won't alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do West Highland Husky dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
West Highland Huskys are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do West Highland Husky bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Siberian Husky & West Highland White Terrier mix? What are the odds of getting bitten by a West Highland Husky? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The West Highland Husky has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the West Highland Husky has a hard bite?
Between 100 and 200 PSI
The weakest: Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the West Highland Husky do?
West Highland Huskys have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but West Highland Huskys need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the West Highland Husky to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does West Highland Husky roam?
Wanderlust potential of the West Highland Husky is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does West Highland Husky have high prey drive?
West Highland Huskys have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that West Highland Huskys are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is West Highland Husky good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem a legjobb választás West Highland Husky, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható West Highland Husky tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
West Highland Huskys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
West Highland Huskys do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where West Highland Husky dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

West Highland Husky Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? West Highland Husky temperament with other people:
West Highland Huskys are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are West Highland Husky dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? West Highland Husky temperament with children:
West Highland Huskys are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do West Highland Husky dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
West Highland Huskys are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is West Highland Husky good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do West Highland Husky dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
West Highland Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the West Highland Husky can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is West Highland Husky breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
West Highland Huskys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can West Highland Husky be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). West Highland Husky is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can West Highland Husky be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a West Highland Husky be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. West Highland Husky is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can West Highland Husky be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. West Highland Husky is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Office Friendly
Are West Highland Huskys good office dogs? Do West Highland Huskys make good office friendly dogs? Can West Highland Huskys be office dogs?
No
West Highland Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can West Highland Husky be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The West Highland Husky is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do West Highland Husky dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Siberian Husky & West Highland White Terrier mix temperament with senior people? Are West Highland Husky dogs good for elderly owners?
West Highland Huskys are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can West Highland Husky be a boat dog?
Not really
West Highland Husky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do West Highland Husky dogs get along with other pets? Are West Highland Husky dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
West Highland Huskys usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can West Highland Husky be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. West Highland Husky is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

West Highland Husky Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do West Highland Husky dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
West Highland Huskys are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the West Highland Husky breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the West Highland Husky breed? Most common health risks of West Highland Husky:
CataractsCorneal DystrophyProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Atopic DermatitisCraniomandibular OsteopathyGloboid Cell LeukodystrophyHyperplastic DermatosisInflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)Legg-perthes DiseasePatellar LuxationPulmonary FibrosisWhite Dog Shaker Syndrome
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the West Highland Husky breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the West Highland Husky see the vet?
Rare
The West Highland Husky should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do West Highland Husky dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a West Highland Husky be? What is the age limit of the West Highland Husky? How many years can the oldest West Highland Husky live?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the West Highland Husky breed hypoallergenic?
No
West Highland Huskys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the West Highland Husky have? What is the activity level of the West Highland Husky?
West Highland Huskys are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do West Highland Husky dogs require per day?
West Highland Huskys need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
West Highland Huskys are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the West Highland Husky need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? West Highland Husky risk for obesity:
Average. The West Highland Husky has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the West Highland Husky's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The West Highland Husky can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The West Highland Husky has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the West Highland Husky drool?
The West Highland Husky is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the West Highland Husky could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the West Highland Husky. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

West Highland Husky Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female West Highland Husky: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the West Highland Husky have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

West Highland Husky Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Health Issues: West Highland Huskys are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Drooling tendency: The West Highland Husky is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The West Highland Husky has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Adaptability: West Highland Huskys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: West Highland Huskys are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: West Highland Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: West Highland Huskys are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: West Highland Huskys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The West Highland Husky requires a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: West Highland Huskys are not the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the West Highland Husky is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: West Highland Huskys do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: West Highland Huskys are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: West Highland Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: West Highland Huskys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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