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Westeke Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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Westeke
OriginScotland Belgium
Other Names
What other names does the Westeke have? The dog breed also known as...
West Highland White Terrier & Schipperke mix
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Westeke recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Westeke recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Westeke breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.American Canine Hybrid Club
Price
How much does the Westeke 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? Westeke price:
$600-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Westeke, 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 Westeke for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Westeke gets to a happy place.
Availability
Average

Westeke General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Westeke size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Westeke weigh? Westeke weight:
Male: 15-22 pounds (7-10 kg), Female: 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Westeke? Westeke average weight:
Male: 18.5 pounds (8.5 kg), Female: 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Westeke? Westeke height:
Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Westeke average height:
Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm)

Westeke Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Westeke have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FluffyDenseSoftThick
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Westeke's coat?
WhiteApricotTanBrownBlue CreamBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Westeke and how often?
Average: The Westeke requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Westeke, search for a 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 Westeke dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the West Highland White Terrier & Schipperke mix? Westeke shedding level:
Westekes are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Westeke need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Westeke 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.

Westeke Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Westeke have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateCourageousFriendlyIndependentAlertIntelligentAgileCuriousFearlessConfidentFaithful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Westeke? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Westeke's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Westeke dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Westekes are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Westeke is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Westeke sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Westekes 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?
Westekes are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the West Highland White Terrier & Schipperke mix need? Westeke social needs:
Westekes are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Westeke dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my West Highland White Terrier & Schipperke mix bark?
Average: The Westeke barks occasionally. 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 Westeke good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Westekes are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Westeke dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Westekes strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Westeke bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the West Highland White Terrier & Schipperke mix? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Westeke? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Westeke 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 Westeke 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 Westeke do?
Westekes 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 Westekes need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Westeke to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Westeke roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Westeke 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 Westeke have high prey drive?
Westekes have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Westeke good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem a legjobb választás Westeke, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Westeke tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Westekes 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?
Westekes 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 Westeke dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Westeke Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Westeke temperament with other people:
Westekes are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Westeke dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Westeke temperament with children:
Westekes are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Westeke dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Westekes are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Westeke good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Westeke dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Westekes are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Westeke can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Westeke breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Westekes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Westeke 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). Westeke is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Westeke be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Westeke 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. Westeke is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Westeke 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. Westeke is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Office Friendly
Are Westekes good office dogs? Do Westekes make good office friendly dogs? Can Westekes be office dogs?
No
Westeke is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Westeke 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 Westeke is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Westeke dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the West Highland White Terrier & Schipperke mix temperament with senior people? Are Westeke dogs good for elderly owners?
Westekes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Westeke be a boat dog?
Yes
Westeke breed usually likes being on a boat.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Westeke dogs get along with other pets? Are Westeke dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Westekes are usually friendly towards other pets.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Westeke 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. Westeke is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Westeke Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Westeke dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Westekes are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Westeke breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Westeke breed? Most common health risks of Westeke:
Atopic DermatitisCataractsCraniomandibular OsteopathyGloboid Cell LeukodystrophyHyperplastic DermatosisInflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)Legg-perthes DiseasePatellar LuxationPulmonary FibrosisWhite Dog Shaker Syndrome
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Westeke breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Westeke see the vet?
Rare
The Westeke 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 Westeke dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Westeke be? What is the age limit of the Westeke? How many years can the oldest Westeke live?
13-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Westeke breed hypoallergenic?
No
Westekes 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 Westeke have? What is the activity level of the Westeke?
Westekes are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Westeke dogs require per day?
Westekes need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily 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?
Westekes 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 Westeke need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1.5 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? Westeke risk for obesity:
High: The Westeke breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Westeke more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Westeke's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Westeke can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even 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 Westeke 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 Westeke drool?
The Westeke is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Westeke could be a perfect 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 minimal compared to others, just like the Westeke. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Westeke 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 Westeke: 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 Westeke have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-7 puppies

Westeke Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Westeke's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Westekes are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Westekes are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Westekes are low shedders.
  • Drooling tendency: The Westeke is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Westeke has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Adaptability: Westekes adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Westekes are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Westekes are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Westekes are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Westekes are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Boat Dog: Westeke breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Westekes don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The Westeke breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Westeke is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Westekes 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.
  • Office Friendly: Westeke is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Westekes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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