Westeke

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13-14 lbs
14-15"
Unknown
West Highland White Terrier
Schipperke
The Westeke is a designer hybrid dog. He is a cross between the West Highland White Terrier and the Schipperke. This small white mix is happy and outgoing. He is a social butterfly who loves to interact with humans and other animals. When fully grown, he usually stands 15 inches at the shoulders and weighs about 14 pounds. His small size makes him a wonderful dog for an apartment. This canine makes a superior companion. He bonds well with his beloved family and is a bit impish. Unlike other small dogs, this little guy really does enjoy the company of children.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
West Highland White Terrier and Schipperke

Westeke Health

Average Size
Height: 14-15 inches Weight: 13-14 lbs
Height: 14-15 inches Weight: 13-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Analysis
  • Wellness Check
  • cardiac and hip, blood and eye exams

Westeke Breed History

The Westeke combines all of the positive characteristics of his parent dogs to create an ideal mix of both breeds. The West Highland Terrier hails from Scotland. He was originally bred to be a fearless hunter. This sturdy white dog was used to hunt vicious badgers, rats, and foxes. It is believed that this canine was bred to be white so he stood out against his prey and would not be accidentally mistaken for the fox and inadvertently shot by the hunters. The first Westies entered the United States around 1905. In 1908, the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club under the name  ‘Roseneath Terrier.’ In May of 1909, the breed’s name was officially changed to the West Highland Terrier. The American Kennel Club entered the breed into the Terrier Group. The Schipperke is a Belgian dog breed. His name is believed to mean ‘little boatmen’. Originally, the breed was called Moorke, which means black animal. The Schipperke is thought to be a descendant of the Belgian Shepherd that was bred down over successive generations during the 1600s to create the small dog of today. Historically, he was a little pet kept by boatmen and shoemakers along the canals of Belgian. They were also favored as ratters on the canal barges.  During World War II, the Belgian Resistance picked the Schipperke to smuggle messages unbeknownst by the Nazis into hideouts. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1908 and it was entered into the Non-Sporting Group.

Westeke Breed Appearance

The small Westeke has a white or cream-colored coat. Rarely, his coat will be black like that of the Schipperke but normally he is white. Apparently, the white gene is dominant. His eyes and nose are black and often look like small buttons.This petite dog’s ears are erect and catlike. His tiny tail curls up across his back. He is a bit scruffy looking, but his appearance is endearing. His feet are small and very dainty. The nails are often black and stand out in contrast to his white coat.
Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
White
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Westeke Breed Maintenance

The coat of the Westeke is a bit rough, like that of a Terrier. His scruffy coat benefits from a weekly brushing. He rarely sheds and his coat does not require trimming. Many owners brush their dog’s teeth to prevent gum disease later in life.  He will enjoy a once a month bath to remove any doggy odor. This active little dog often wears down his toenails so they rarely require clipping. His upright ears tend to stay clean but if you notice any debris then wipe them out with a washcloth.
Brushes for Westeke
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Westeke Temperament

The Westeke is full of spunk. He loves to play. His overall personality is happy and social. He gets along well with other pets and often loves interacting with cats. He is loyal and loving. He likes nothing better than to curl up in his owner's lap after a long day of playing. This little dog isn’t afraid to alert his owners to uncommon noises or the presence of a stranger.  He is usually fine when raised around children and even bonds very closely with the little ones.

Westeke Activity Requirements

The Westeke needs a daily walk to burn off energy. He also likes to play in the house. Nothing excites him more than a game of tug-of-war or fetch. He loves a trip to a dog park where he can run and interact with other dogs. Despite his energetic personality, he can thrive as an apartment dog as long as he receives daily exercise. If he is in a home with access to a yard he will be very happy, but supervision while outside is a must as he may show off his digging skills and make an unplanned escape. His high intelligence enables him to learn tricks easily and excel at obedience; this is the perfect activity to stimulate his mind and keep him in shape, too. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Westeke Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $2
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Westeke Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Height: 7 inches Weight: 6 lbs
12 Months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Height: 14 inches Weight: 13 lbs
18 Months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Height: 14 inches Weight: 13 lbs

Westeke Owner Experiences

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