What Is a Westie Mix?


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A Westie mix is a West Highland white terrier that is usually mixed with a Maltese, bichon frise, poodle or miniature schnauzer. Despite the different breeds, Westie mixes all have the same white appearance and have the same rambunctious personalities. Mixes also tend to outlive the purebred Westie by five years.

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All Westie mixes have wiry or nonexistent hair, which leads to minimal shedding. These breeds are perfect for people who have allergies because minimal shedding means less dander and allergens in the air. They are also great for people who don't have time to spare for vacuuming the house every day. These select canines shed less fur than a human sheds hair. They are also very small, so they can live in apartments as long as they get daily exercise and human attention.

When choosing between these mixes, it is crucial to consider all aspects of the breed. Research the energy level of the dog, the difficulty level of training that specific breed, any common health problems that the breed may have, and whether the breed is good with other pets and children. Knowing all of these details about the different mixes helps people determine which breeds are the best fit for their families.

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