Westie Staff Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about Westie Staff so you can get to know the breed more.
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|Origin||United States Scotland|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
|Cross Breed American Staffordshire Terrier and West Highland White Terrier mix|
How much does the Westie Staff puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Westie Staff in the United States? How much money is a Westie Staff?
Where to buy a Westie Staff with a good pedigree?
If you choose to purchase the Westie Staff, 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 Westie Staff for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Westie Staff gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Westie Staff? How many Westie Staff are there in the world?
Average: The Westie Staff is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.
Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.
Is a Westie Staff small, medium or large dog?
How big do Westie Staff get?
What is the average size of a Westie Staff?
How much does the Westie Staff weigh? How much should a Westie Staff weight? What is the normal weight of a Westie Staff? How much does a full-grown Westie Staff weight?
|Male: 30-60 pounds (13-27 kg), Female: 25-55 pounds (11-25 kg)|
Average Weight |
What is the average weight of a Westie Staff?
|Male: 45 pounds (20 kg), Female: 40 pounds (18 kg)|
How tall is the Westie Staff? Westie Staff height:
|Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)|
Average Height |
What is the average height of a Westie Staff?
|Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm)|
Coat / Hair Types |
What type of coat does the Westie Staff have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Westie Staff's coat?
How to groom the Westie Staff and how often? How often should I take my Westie Staff to the groomer?
Average: The Westie Staff 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 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 Westie Staff, 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 Westie Staff dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Westie Staff? Do Westie Staff dogs shed a lot?
Westie Staffs shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Westie Staff dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency |
How often does the Westie Staff need a bath? How often should you give a Westie Staff a bath? Can I bathe my Westie Staff every day?
| 3-4 weeks |
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and 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.
What kind of personality does the Westie Staff have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the Westie Staff? Is the Westie Staff breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Westie Staff's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
The Westie Staff is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.
Are Westie Staff dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Westie Staff?
Westie Staffs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful is this breed?
The Westie Staff is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? Westie Staff sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Westie Staffs 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? Is a Westie Staff a good family dog?
High: Westie Staffs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered 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 Westie Staff need? Westie Staff social needs:
Westie Staffs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do Westie Staff dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Westie Staff bark?
Average to High: The Westie Staff 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 the same barks could have different meanings.
Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability |
Is Westie Staff good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Westie Staffs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial |
Do Westie Staff dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Westie Staffs 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 Westie Staff bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Westie Staff? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Westie Staff? Why do dog bites happen?
The Westie Staff 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 Westie Staff has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Westie Staff? How much bite force does a Westie Staff have?
Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽
Westie Staff bite force: Weak. 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.
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Westie Staff do?
Westie Staffs have a higher than 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 Westie Staffs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the Westie Staff to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Westie Staff roam?
Westie Staffs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Westie Staff have high prey drive?
Westie Staffs 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 Westie Staffs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly |
Is Westie Staff good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Westie Staff in an apartment?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Westie Staff indoors.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Westie Staffs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone |
How long can a Westie Staff be left alone? How long can you leave a Westie Staff alone?
Westie Staffs 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.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Westie Staff temperament with other people:
Westie Staffs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Westie Staff dogs get along with other pets? Are Westie Staff dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Westie Staffs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly |
Are Westie Staff dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Westie Staff temperament with children:
Westie Staffs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do Westie Staff dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Westie Staff breed live with a cat?
Westie Staffs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly |
Is Westie Staff good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Westie Staff dogs get along with other dogs?
Westie Staffs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Westie Staff breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Westie Staff breed suitable for first-time owners?
Westie Staffs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly |
Are Westie Staffs good office dogs? Do Westie Staffs make good office friendly dogs? Can Westie Staffs be office dogs?
Westie Staff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Westie Staff dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Westie Staff temperament with senior people? Are Westie Staff dogs good for elderly owners?
Westie Staffs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Westie Staff dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Westie Staffs are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems |
What genetic/health problems does the Westie Staff breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Westie Staff breed? Most common health risks of Westie Staff:
|Atopic DermatitisCataractsCraniomandibular OsteopathyGloboid Cell LeukodystrophyHyperplastic DermatosisInflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)Legg-perthes DiseasePatellar LuxationPulmonary FibrosisWhite Dog Shaker Syndrome|
Veterinarian Visits |
How often does the Westie Staff breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Westie Staff see the vet?
The Westie Staff 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 Westie Staff dogs live? How old can a Westie Staff be? What is the age limit of the Westie Staff? How many years can the oldest Westie Staff live?
What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Westie Staff?
How long is the lifespan of a Westie Staff?
The average lifespan of Westie Staff: 13 years
Is the Westie Staff breed hypoallergenic?
| No |
Westie Staffs 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 Westie Staff have? What is the activity level of the Westie Staff?
Westie Staffs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need |
How much exercise does a Westie Staff need? How much exercise do Westie Staff dogs require per day?
Do Westie Staff dogs need a lot of exercises?
Westie Staffs 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 the Westie Staff breed need?
Westie Staffs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption |
How much food does a Westie Staff need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Westie Staff breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Westie Staff? How much food should I feed my Westie Staff?
|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? Westie Staff risk for obesity:
Average: The Westie Staff 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 Westie Staff's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
| Prefers average to cold weather conditions |
The Westie Staff can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Westie Staff 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 Westie Staff drool?
The Westie Staff is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Westie Staff 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 Westie Staff.
If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can Westie Staff be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
This breed makes good 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).
Westie Staff breed is a good choice for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Westie Staff be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Westie Staff be an emotional support animal?
This breed is 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 people with anxiety disorders or autism.
Westie Staff is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Westie Staff be a sniffer dog?
They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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.
Westie Staff is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Westie Staff be a search and rescue dog?
This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.
The Westie Staff is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Westie Staff be a boat dog?
Westie Staff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.
Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Westie Staff be a drafting dog?
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.
Westie Staff is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog |
Where Westie Staff dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs. A combat dog is a specially trained dog that is used in warfare to help protect military personnel and assets. Combat dogs are often deployed in areas where there is potential for contact with the enemy, such as during raids or search operations. Combat dogs are typically assigned to either infantry or special operations units. They are used for a variety of tasks including area security, sentry duty, trackers, and explosive detection. In addition to their combat roles, combat dogs also play an important role in troop morale by providing companionship and emotional support.
Gestation Length |
How long is a Westie Staff pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Westie Staff breed is pregnant?
Reproductive cycle of the female Westie Staff: 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.
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 Westie Staff have in a litter? How many puppies can the Westie Staff breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Westie Staff have? How many puppies can a Westie Staff give birth to?
AKC Group |
Is Westie Staff recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.|
FCI Group |
Is Westie Staff recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Not recognized by FCI.|
Breed Recognition |
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Westie Staff breed?
|Dog Registry of America Inc.|
Westie Staff Pros and Cons
- Intelligent Rank: Smart: Westie Staff's has great intelligence.
- Trainability: Westie Staffs are easy to train.
- Health Issues: Westie Staffs are commonly healthy dogs.
- Shedding Level: Westie Staffs shed none to minimal.
- Drooling Tendency: The Westie Staff is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
- Stinkiness: The Westie Staff has a low chance of bad smell.
- Adaptability: Westie Staffs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
- Child Friendly: Westie Staffs are kid-friendly dogs.
- Senior Citizens Friendly: Westie Staffs are usually recommended for elderly people.
- Good For First Time Owners: Westie Staffs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
- Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
- Hypoallergenic: Westie Staffs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
- Mouthiness: Westie Staffs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
- Tolerates Being Left Alone: Westie Staffs 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: Westie Staffs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
- Office Friendly: Westie Staff is not the best dog breed for office environment.