Facts & Origin
PROFILE: West of Argyll Terrier - The Beagle and West Highland White Terrier mix.
The West of Argyll Terrier is the result of the cross between a Beagle and a West Highland White Terrier (often called a "Westie").
Both parent breeds originated in Great Britain, with the Beagle having its roots in England and the Westie in Scotland. It is not documented exactly when or why this mix was first bred, but it is believed that the combination of the two breeds was to produce a sturdy, alert, yet lovable family dog.
The West of Argyll Terrier is a lively, lovable companion that is suitable for both families and individuals. With proper care and training, he is sure to be a loyal friend for life.
|Origin||UK - Scotland|
|Life expectancy||10 - 16 years|
|Care requirements||low-maintenance - high-maintenance|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Possible character traits
The West of Argyll Terrier often inherits the best traits of his parents. Typically he is:
- Willing to learn and intelligent (like the Beagle).
- Confident and lively (like the Westie)
- Social and family oriented
While he may have a high play drive, he is also very alert and can be a good watchdog.
Suitability and attitude
Since the West of Argyll Terrier is an active and sociable dog, he is a good fit for families who are willing to give him plenty of exercise and playtime. With his medium size and friendly nature, he is also suitable for apartments, provided he gets regular walks. It is important to start his education and socialization early to encourage the best behavior.
Care and health
Grooming of the West of Argyll Terrier can vary depending on which parent he looks more like:
- Coat Care: His coat can range from short to medium length and requires regular brushing to prevent matting and skin problems.
- Bathing: A monthly bath should be sufficient, unless he has gotten particularly dirty while playing.
- Health Problems: Like all mixed breeds, the West of Argyll Terrier can be prone to some of the health problems found in his pedigrees. These include problems with eyes, ears and joints. Regular veterinary examinations are therefore important.
What does this mixed breed look like?
Its appearance can vary, but usually the West of Argyll Terrier has a small to medium stature with a strong build. His coat color can be a mixture of the colors of his parent breeds - from white to brown to black. His eyes are often dark and expressive, while his ears may be either erect (as in the Westie) or drooping (as in the Beagle).
Hypothyroidism is a condition in dogs where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones. This can lead to a slowed metabolic rate, weight gain, fatigue, hair loss and other symptoms.
Definition: Dog has epilepsy if, for example, at least two epileptic seizures occur more than 24 hours apart.
Often occur with allergies and intolerances.
Often, unfortunately, the dogs very much under excess weight. But the dogs themselves are never to blame!
Herniated disc in dogs (discopathy). Herniated discs or dachshund paralysis cause dogs severe pain.
Malocclusions of the dentition often occur in dogs with short muzzles.
Problems with the Patellar can be a displacement or weak kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs, also because of overweight.
If dogs don't get a good food or sugary food, tartar can quickly appear.
The coat color of this mixed breed can vary, but basically it inherits the coat of a Beagle from the brown and the white of the West Highland White Terrier.
The West of Argyll Terrier is generally a small to medium sized dog.
This hybrid breed has an average life expectancy of about 14 years.
This hybrid breed tends to be very energetic, bright, affectionate and playful.
Yes, like all breeds, these dogs can be prone to allergic reactions.