Do West Highland White Terriers (Westies) Shed a Lot?

Because I want one but can't get a dog that sheds.

No, Westies don't shed very much. However, like all dogs, they will shed some. We own two cairn terriers (1st cousins to westies) and we brush them once a week with an undercoat brush that removes dead hair from the coat. It will help reduce shedding.

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  • jc

    No, Westies don't shed very much. However, like all dogs, they will shed some. We own two cairn terriers (1st cousins to westies) and we brush them once a week with an undercoat brush that removes dead hair from the coat. It will help reduce shedding.
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    I own two cairns and pet-sit for a westie.

  • mollytmoocher

    Westies shed very little and slowly. However, you must keep their coats in tip top condition to avoid random shedding and this means getting the dog handstripped (either by yourself or an experienced groomer who knows how to do it) Westies should not be clipped/shaved as it has a terrible effect on their coats and skin.
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