Weshi Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Weshi so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginScotland flagScotland China flagChina
Other Names
What other names does the Weshi have?
West Highland TzuWesti TzuWestie Tzu
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Weshi Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Weshi puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Weshi?
$800-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Weshi, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Weshi for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Weshi gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Weshi? How many Weshi are there in the world?
Average: The Weshi is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Weshi Size

Size
Is a Weshi small, medium or large dog?

How big do Weshi get?

Small
Weight
How much does the Weshi weigh? How much should the Weshi breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Weshi?
Male: 15-22 pounds (7-10 kg), Female: 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Weshi?
Male: 18.5 pounds (8.5 kg), Female: 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Weshi? Weshi height:
Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Weshi?
Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm)

Weshi Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Weshi have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Weshi's coat?
BrindleLiverSilverBlue GoldRedBlackWhite
Grooming
How to groom the Weshi and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Weshi requires grooming on a daily basis.

Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule.

Taking good care of your Weshi is time-consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Weshi dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the West Highland Tzu?
Weshis shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Weshi dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Weshi need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Weshi every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Weshi Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Weshi have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActiveFriendlyHappyLivelyPlayfulCourageousGentleIntelligentOutgoingAffectionateIndependentAlert
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Weshi? Is the Weshi breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Weshi obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Weshi ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Weshi dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Weshis are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Weshi is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Weshi sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Weshis don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Weshi a good family dog?
High: Weshis are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the West Highland Tzu need? Weshi social needs:
Weshis need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Weshi dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my West Highland Tzu bark?
A lot: Weshi is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice.

The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.

Watchdog Ability
Is Weshi good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Weshis are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Weshi dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Weshis are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Weshi can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Weshi will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Weshi bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the West Highland Tzu? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Weshi? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Weshi has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Weshi has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Weshi? How much bite force does a Weshi have?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Weshi bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.

However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Weshi do?
Weshis have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Weshis need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Weshi to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Weshi roam?
Weshis have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Weshi have high prey drive?
Weshis have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Weshis are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Weshi good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Apartment-friendly dog the Weshi breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Weshis adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Weshi be left alone?
Weshis tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Weshi Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Weshi temperament with other people:
Weshis are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Weshi dogs get along with other pets? Are Weshi dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Weshis are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Weshi dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Weshi temperament with children:
Weshis are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Weshi dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Weshi breed live with a cat?
Weshis are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Weshi good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Weshi dogs get along with other dogs?
Weshis are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Weshi can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Weshi breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Weshi breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Weshis are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Weshis good office dogs? Do Weshis make good office friendly dogs? Can Weshis be office dogs?
No
Weshi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Weshi dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the West Highland Tzu temperament with senior people? Are Weshi dogs good for elderly owners?
Weshis are commonly okay with elderly people.

Weshi Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Weshi dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Weshis are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Weshi breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Weshi breed? Most common health risks of Weshi:
AllergiesBladder StonesDistichiasisDry EyeEar InfectionsEctopic CiliaHip DysplasiaJuvenile Renal DysplasiaKeratitisPatellar LuxationPortosystemic Liver ShuntProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)ProptosisRetained Baby TeethReverse SneezingSnufflesUmbilical HerniasAtopic DermatitisCataractsCraniomandibular OsteopathyGloboid Cell LeukodystrophyHyperplastic DermatosisInflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)Legg-perthes DiseasePulmonary FibrosisWhite Dog Shaker Syndrome
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Weshi breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Weshi see the vet?
Rare
The Weshi should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Weshi dogs live? How old can a Weshi be? What is the age limit of the Weshi? How many years can the oldest Weshi live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Weshi?

10-16 years
The average lifespan of Weshi: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Weshi breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Weshis do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Weshi have? What is the activity level of the Weshi?
Weshis have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Weshi need? How much exercise do Weshi dogs require per day?
Weshis have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Weshi breed need?
Weshis sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Weshi need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Weshi breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Weshi? How much food should I feed my Weshi?
1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Weshi risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Weshi's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Weshi's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Weshi has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Weshi drool?
The Weshi is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Weshi could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Weshi.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Weshi As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Weshi be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Weshi is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Weshi be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Weshi be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Weshi is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Weshi be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Weshi is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Weshi be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Weshi is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Weshi be a boat dog?

Not really

Weshi breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Weshi be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Weshi is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Weshi dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Weshi Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Weshi pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Weshi breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Weshi: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Weshi have in a litter? How many puppies can the Weshi breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Weshi have? How many puppies can a Weshi give birth to?
2-5 puppies

Weshi Recognition

AKC Group
Is Weshi recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Weshi recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Weshi breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubInternational Designer Canine Registry

Weshi Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Weshis are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Weshis are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Hypoallergenic: Weshis do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Weshi breed.
  • Shedding Level: Weshis shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Weshi is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Weshi has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Adaptability: Weshis adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Cat Friendly: Weshis are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Weshis are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Weshis are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Weshi's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Weshis tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Weshi is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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