Westiepoo

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25-35 lbs
13-17"
United States
West Highland White Terrier
Poodle
Wee-Poo, Westiedoodle

The Westiepoo, also known as the Westiedoodle or the Wee-Poo, is an intelligent, active breed created from a cross between a Poodle and a West Highland White Terrier. The result is a curious, social dog, who loves spending time with its humans. These pups are super smart and thus relatively easy to train. Westiepoos are non-shedding, and therefore a great choice for people who suffer from allergies. They have a fun-loving, playful streak, and are a great companion for older kids who know how to respect their boundaries. Westiepoos are energetic, but adaptable to any living environment as long as they receive sufficient exercise and mental stimulation.

Purpose
Companionship
Date of Origin
1970s
Ancestry
Poodle, West Highland White Terrier

Westiepoo Health

Average Size
Male Westiepoo size stats
Height: 13-17 inches Weight: 25-35 lbs
Female Westiepoo size stats
Height: 13-17 inches Weight: 25-35 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Addison's Disease
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Canine Cushing’s Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Ear Infection and Inflammation
Occasional Tests
  • Eyes
  • Ear Examination
  • Full Body Physical Examination

Westiepoo Breed History

The West Highland White Terrier (Westie) was bred to hunt vermin and other small animals in Scotland. These spunky dogs are closely related to a number of other Terriers that also originate in Scotland; these include the Cairn Terrier, the Scottish Terrier, and the Skye Terrier. Originally, Westies had coats of many different colors, but after one notable Scottish colonel mistook his favorite dog for a fox and shot it, he bred only white Terriers as a safety measure. The breed has been exclusively white ever since! Westies were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908. The Poodle has been traced back thousands of years, possibly as far back as the first century, in ancient Egypt. Because the breed is so old there is quite a bit of dispute over their exact origin. The common belief is that they were originally bred as hunting dogs, but eventually found their way to France where they were used to hunt ducks. The breed, as we know it, was refined by the French. The Standard Poodle came first and Miniature and Toy Poodles were developed later. Poodles were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886, though the breed wasn’t commonly found in the United States until after World War II. The Westiepoo is a fairly recent hybrid breed. Not much is known about their origin yet. It is suspected that they were created shortly after the Cockapoo, which was developed in the 1960s. They are believed to have originated in the United States. 

Westiepoo Breed Appearance

Both Poodles and West Highland White Terriers have a straight, level backbone and the Westiepoo will as well. These dogs may be square in shape like the Poodle, or their body may be slightly longer than their legs, giving them the rectangular shape of the Westie. Their tails are placed high and have a slight curve to them. The coat is medium length and will be wiry or curly and of medium density. Westiepoos may inherit the soft, curly coat of the Poodle, the rough, wiry coat of the Westie, or a combination of the two. Their coat is typically white in color, but may be white with patches blonde, grey, or liver. They have dark, wideset eyes that are round or oval shaped, and their ears may lay flat against the head or be upright, folding forward at the tip. Their noses are black. Westiepoos have alert facial expressions and will often cock their head to the side when you speak to them. This behavior really showcases their intelligence. Their snouts are straight and their teeth meet in a scissor bite. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Westiepoo eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Westiepoo nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Westiepoo coat
Cream
white Westiepoo coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Westiepoo wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Westiepoo Breed Maintenance

Westiepoos are unlikely to shed very much, if at all. The Poodle is a non-shedding breed, while the Westie sheds only slightly. That said, it is important to brush your Westiepoo’s coat regularly, as they are prone to matting, particularly around the eyes and ears. These areas may require trimming if the hair gets too dirty and tangled. Keeping your Westiepoo's hair clipped short will make it easier to care for. Because the long hair around their ears can trap dirt and moisture, it’s important to check your Westiepoo’s ears every week or so, for signs of irritation or inflammation. It’s good practice to brush your dog’s teeth once a week, though daily is ideal. Trim your Westiepoo’s nails about once a month, if you hear them clicking as they walk. 

Brushes for Westiepoo
Pin Brush
Dematter
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Westiepoo requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Westiepoo Temperament

Westiepoos are intelligent, loving dogs. They have high energy and it’s important to keep them well exercised so they do not become destructive. Poodles are extremely people oriented while Westies love people but are relatively independent pups. Your Westiepoo’s temperament may vary slightly depending on which genes are prominent. However, be prepared to devote plenty of attention to these pups; even if they are the independent type, they will always be happier to spend time with you rather than without you. Fortunately they’re absolutely adorable so you’ll never want to leave them behind! Poodles and Westies are both proud and playful breeds, so it’s safe to assume that Westiepoos are the same way. They love children and anyone that will give them attention and play with them. Westiepoos are usually friendly with other dogs, as they are happy to have partners in play. However, they can have a strong prey drive so may not be a good match for households with cats or other small animals. Because of their intelligence, Westiepoos are relatively easy to train. They will learn very quickly but they may have a stubborn streak and be unwilling to cooperate if they don’t see what’s in it for them. Be sure to use reward based methods when training your Westiepoo. Westiepoos are decent watchdogs because they are alert and will notify you of any unfamiliar presence in their territory, however they aren’t fierce and they will quickly make friends with new people.

Westiepoo Activity Requirements

Westiepoos are an active breed and they may become destructive when left alone for too long, therefore it’s essential to ensure that they receive plenty of exercise. They do best with a minimum of 30 to 45 minutes of activity each day (or more when they are young). If they are well socialized from puppyhood they will be happy to play with other dogs, and will run like crazy when they have a safe, fenced area to romp around. Because Westiepoos are so intelligent (a trait they inherit from both parent breeds), they need mental stimulation as well. These dogs do fantastic in obedience and agility trials, and love to play games with their humans. As long as they receive enough exercise these dogs can live in any environment, though they are best suited to a house with a yard to run around in. They adapt easily to any climate, but if you keep their hair clipped short be sure to buy them a sweater for cold environments.

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

Westiepoo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Westiepoo Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Westiepoo size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 19 lbs
Female Westiepoo size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 19 lbs
12 Months
Male Westiepoo size stats at 12 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Female Westiepoo size stats at 12 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 22 lbs
18 Months
Male Westiepoo size stats at 18 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 25 lbs
Female Westiepoo size stats at 18 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 25 lbs

Westiepoo Owner Experiences

Luna
9 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
training
Walks in the Park
The best decision ever
1 week, 5 days ago
buddy
7 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
walk and playing
had a poodle westie has more energy and less retalitorie
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!
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