The Weshi or Westie Tzu is a small-sized dog produced by crossing a West Highland White Terrier and Shih Tzu. The sturdy little Weshis come with a pair of deep-set dark eyes, prick ears, a black nose, deep chest, and muscular limbs. Bred to be a happy and friendly companion, the Westie Shi Tzu mix will enrich your life with its mischief.
|Alternative Names||West Highland Tzu, Shih Tzu Westie Mix, Westi Tzu|
|Color||Brown and white, brown, black and tan, white, black and white, black|
|Temperament||Loyal, energetic, intelligent, playful|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR|
Westie x Shih Tzu Puppies Video
Temperament and Behavior
The Weshi is a good-natured dog adaptable to any living situation, whether it is a city apartment or a country farm. It is a social animal, affectionate with everyone, including strangers and older children.
Although it usually does well living in houses with multiple dogs, two members of the same sex may start a fight to establish dominance in the pack. Because of its inherent prey drive, it cannot adapt to small pets like rabbits, birds, gerbils, and cats.
Aside from walking and jogging with its people, the Weshi likes to play games of fetch, throw squeaky toys around, and romp through the yard to survey its domain. Since it is a lively breed, its energy can be channeled into flyball, obedience, or agility courses.
The Westi Tzu’s coat, being easy to groom, requires daily brushing in addition to trimming around the eyes, ears, and on the feet. To keep it clean and glossy, wipe its fur frequently with a wet cotton cloth and bathe when it has an unpleasant smell.
Your Weshi dog is prone to some diseases and health conditions including allergies, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, bladder infections, cataracts and other eye disorders.
The smart, devoted Weshi dogs are easy to train provided they are not treated in a harsh way.
Obedience Training: Since the Weshi dogs are sometimes stubborn, you need to teach your little pet to obey commands like “Sit,” “Come,” and “Stop.” Start training your Weshi puppy indoors, and then move outdoors. Have some treats in the pocket and give one every time it responds to your instructions. Practice at intervals when training outdoors with distractions.
Leash Training: Owing to their chasing instincts, teaching them to walk on the leash without pulling on it is a necessity.
Weshis can get affected by skin and food allergies, so a diet containing meat-by-products, soy, garlic, wheat, corn, beef, and artificial flavors should be avoided. Provide your pet dog with one to one-and-a-half cups of quality dry kibble per day.