A Bit About the Anatolian Shepherd’s History

If you’re interested in owning an Anatolian Shepherd, one of the first things you might want to look into is the Anatolian Shepherd dog temperament.  If you want to own a dog that you pretty much have to domesticate yourself, then you have your work cut out for you with this breed.

The Anatolian Shepherd was bred to be in charge of their master’s flocks without needing any further direction or assistance from humans – a very independent breed.  Because of this, you may find it to be rather challenging to own one of these dogs.

Interestingly, there has been some debate about whether or not the Anatolian Shepherd is its own distinct breed, or if it’s just a general umbrella under which other shepherd dogs in Anatolia that look similar would also fall under.

Some dogs that are also considered to be Anatolian Shepherds are the Kangal, the Akbash, and the Aksaray Malaklisi.  Many Turkish breeders consider the Anatolian to be a mix of the Kangal and the Akbash.

The general classification of “shepherd dog,” however, can be split up into two groups: herding dogs and livestock guardian dogs.  Both can apply to the Anatolian.

Other types of herding dogs include Border Collies, Poodles, and Rottweilers, while livestock guardian dogs include the Himalayan Sheepdog, the Tibetan Mastiff, and the Komondor.

Understanding the Anatolian Shepherd Dog Temperament

What type of work goes into owning a dog like this, you may ask?  Well, for one thing, you need to socialize the Anatolian in order to make them into suitable companions.

These dogs are definitely smart and can learn new tricks quick, but they may decide for themselves that they just don’t feel like listening to you.

They’re also very strong dogs.  Turkish shepherds have reported seeing the Anatolian take on a wolf pack and actually bring down one or two of them.

Because of their strength and agility, the Anatolian is not only a proud dog but also a confident one.  You could almost imagine it puffing out its chest if you asked it to protect your flock.

What’s good about the Anatolian Shepherd dog temperament, though, is that it is not one born from aggression.  These dogs are independent, but they don’t get crazy with it; they simply act with conviction.

Living with an Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Importantly, Anatolian shepherds are roamers, so it is strongly suggested that you both micro-chip and tag yours in case he decides to run off.  It’s in their blood to seek out predators before predators can attack.

This breed is also perhaps not the best to opt for if you live in smaller quarters.  Though, they can do well with other animals – even cats – if they are introduced to them as puppies and so long as they are given their own space.

Also, if you have intentions of taking your Anatolian to the beach to play fetch, he’s more than likely not up for it. This breed, both puppies and adults alike, would rather run and swim than play fetch.

Anatolians will still act like puppies up until they’re between a year and a half and two and a half years old – then they mean business.

The Physicality of an Anatolian Shepherd Dog

The agility and strength of this speed contributes greatly to the Anatolian Shepherd dog temperament.  This breed is essentially the dog version of a lumberjack – it’s rugged, large, and incredibly strong.  It also has well developed sight and hearing to aid it in protecting livestock.

The fact that the Anatolian is also incredibly fast and equally agile helps it to quickly find and take down any potentially encroaching predators.  The American Kennel Club actually considers the Anatolian to be a working dog.

This dog is definitely one that you could consider to be “muscular.”  Their necks are thick, their heads are broad, and their bodies are stocky.  Males are usually between 26 and 31 inches tall, while females are typically 27 to 30 inches tall.

The Anatolian weighs between 90 and 150 pounds, with males weighing in on the larger end of the spectrum and females at the smaller end.

Their coats can be a variety of colors, though the most common ones are white cream, “sesame,” and white with large spots that don’t usually cover anything more than 30 percent of their bodies.  They may also have a black mask and/or ears, but not always.

Like some of the other shepherd dogs, the Anatolian has a thick double coat that needs to be brushed once or twice a week in warmer weather as a result of excessive shedding.

The hair on an Anatolian’s neck is thicker in order to protect their throats (makes sense if you’re hunting dangerous predators), though they may look heavier than they actually are, thanks to their thicker coats.

The Lifespan of an Anatolian Shepherd Dog

The Anatolian actually lives longer than other breeds that are similar to their size.  The Anatolian typically lives, on average, about 10.75 years.  Other breeds usually only make it to between six and eight years old.

During a small sample study (23 deceased dogs), it was discovered that the most common causes of death were, respectively, cancer, “combinations,” cardiac-related, or simply old age.

So, in a nutshell, the Anatolian Shepherd dog is a breed that will give you a lot of hard work, if you’re up for it, but it can also be a rewarding accomplishment once she’s trained.

The Anatolian Shepherd dog temperament may be difficult to work with at first, but all you need is patience, consistency, early exposure to other animals, and the ability to give this breed room to roam (just make sure you microchip her first).

Belgian Malinois Temperament

The Belgian Malinois temperament is typically of an active and friendly nature, as well as intelligent, protective, and alert.  They’re also not afraid of hard labor.  Interestingly, the energy level of a Malinois is one of the most intense of all of the dog breeds.

Your average Malinois will still act like a puppy right up until he’s three years old, though some can carry on that level of exhausting energy for another two years.  The Malinois also has what is considered to be an excessively high prey drive (the instinct to find and capture prey).

As with many dog breeds, it is important to exercise your Malinois, else she can develop behavioral problems.  She has a lot of energy to burn off, and she needs your help in order to do it.  She should be easy to train, and she loves rewards.  Consistency is key.

In fact, the Malinois is one of the most popular breeds used in what are referred to as “protection sports” like, for example, the Schutzhund, which is a demanding test originally developed for the German Shepherd that determines whether or not the dog is suitable to be a proper working dog.

A Little Bit About the Malinois

The Malinois is a breed that often gets lumped in with the Belgian Shepherd dog classification, as opposed to being recognized as its own separate breed.  Belgian Shepherds are considered medium to large-sized herding dogs.

Here in the U.S., we recognize the breed as a Belgian Malinois, and its name means “shepherd dog.”  Other Belgian Shepherd dog types include the Groenendael, the Laekenois, and the Tervuren.

The Belgian Malinois temperament makes them ideal for use as police dogs, detecting explosive and arson-related odors, as well as narcotics.  They have even been used in search-and-rescue missions and to track down perpetrators that need to be apprehended by police.

The Malinois – “How Do I Look?”

As was previously stated, the Malinois is on the medium to larger side when it comes to dog breeds.  She often has similar colorings to that of the German Shepherd (black and brown), though her frame is of more of a square build than that of the German Shepherd.

Because the Malinois was bred to be a working dog, functionality was preferred over form.  Therefore, the appearance of a Malinois can vary greatly from one dog to the next, and especially amongst Belgian Shepherd dogs in general.

And speaking of her larger size, the Malinois typically measures in a 22 to 24 inches at the withers for females, while males are usually 24 to 28 inches high.  Females are said to be of an average weight at 55 to 66 lbs., while males usually run heavier at between 64 and 75 lbs.

The Malinois: Things to Remember

Just because the Malinois’ size borders on the larger side, the Belgian Malinois temperament dictates that he loves people and wants to be around them as much as possible.  Don’t let the size of a Malinois intimidate you – he’s anxious for your love and attention.

Like huskies, the Malinois sheds his coat constantly and, also like huskies, you’ll notice that there are two periods throughout the year when he sheds the most.  So be prepared to brush your Malinois regularly, and invest in a good vacuum cleaner!

It is highly recommended that folks who may be interested in owning a Malinois get to know the breed first.  Between their intelligence level, insatiably high energy, and other traits consistent with the Belgian Malinois temperament, Malinois are not a recommended breed for inexperienced dog owners.

How’s My Health?

On average, a Belgian Malinois will live between 12 to 14 years.  There are several health problems, though, with which this breed tends to suffer, including cataracts, hip dysplasia, and epilepsy, though there have been attempts to correct these ailments through selective breeding.

The best way to ensure that you are getting a healthy Malinois if you’re a first-time owner is to check the dog’s health clearances first.  Health clearances indicate that the dog has been both tested for and cleared of conditions in particular.

You should be able to obtain health clearances from the breeder or from whoever you are buying or adopting the dog.  Some of websites, like the one for the American Kennel Club, have databases that may aid your research before you bring the dog home.

Health clearances that are specific to the Malinois include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and hypothyroidism.  These clearances should come from the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals).

In addition, you’ll also need to see clearances for thrombopathia, a type of hemophilia, (from Auburn University), as well as eye health (from the CERF – Canine Eye Registry Foundation).

Consistent training and exercise and the ability to keep up with such a high energy level are key to having a fulfilling relationship with your Belgian Malinois.  The Belgian Malinois temperament can be lots of fun, provided you are informed on the best possible ways to nurture it.

When it comes to the Neapolitan Mastiff temperament, you should probably hold off on owning a dog of this breed if you’re new to the game.  The main reason being that you have to be willing to put a lot of work into her  – you’ll essentially be domesticating her from the get-go.

While other dogs may be more willing to accept strangers or to drop their defenses when it comes to protecting their owners, the Neapolitan is not a dog to mess around.  He takes guard duty very seriously and will do whatever it takes to keep his owners safe from harm.

Neos are also considered “working dogs” by the American Kennel Club.  Other dogs that fit into the “working” category are the Anatolian Shepherd Dog, the Doberman Pinscher, and the Rottweiler.

Let’s take a look at some of the qualities that make up the Neapolitan Mastiff temperament, and you’ll see why an extraordinary amount of patience and dedication goes into training this dog.

Importantly, you’ll see why most of their good qualities come, unfortunately, with a negative twist.

Neapolitan Mastiff Temperament Traits

  • Protective

Above all else, the Neo is extremely protective.  He is a fearless dog, and he would much rather be inside the home, keeping a watchful eye on his family, rather than outside and guarding the exterior of the house.

Something to be aware of and that must be stressed is the importance of training your Neo to be around children.  If the Neo is not familiar with small children, he can see them as a threat to his family.  It is crucial that you socialize him with children as early and as often as possible.

Some folks make the mistake of thinking they’re in the clear because they trained their Neapolitan to be good with their own kids, however this is not enough.  All your child has to do is have a friend over, and the Neapolitan’s threat senses can kick in all over again.

The best way to combat this is to have your Neapolitan around as many different people, children, and animals as possible on a continual basis throughout the entire course of his life.  It is an ongoing process that must not be neglected.

  • Obedient

Because of the Neo’s intense sense of protection, you, as her owner, don’t have to worry as much about getting her to listen to you.  She is willing to do whatever she has to do, including lay her own life on the line, to keep her family safe and happy.

  • Stubborn

The Neo is a very smart dog.  Unfortunately, that can also lead to stubbornness, since she’ll have more of a tendency to think for herself.  While she is obedient, as expressed earlier, she can be stubborn in the areas that matter.

For example, her aforementioned intensity when it comes to protecting her family can make her stubborn to any commands that suggest she do anything otherwise.

  • Fearless

The Neo is not a barker.  He will not bark just because a stray leaf blows next to him or a car honks outside – he’ll save his barks for when he feels it really matters or for when he’s provoked.

In fact, the Neapolitan would rather sneak up on an intruder than give the intruder any inclination that he’s onto him.  And, considering the size of this dog, he is definitely not one that you want sneaking up on you anytime soon.

Another interesting fact is that the Neo has a high tolerance for pain.  This is because of the fighting background from which she comes, as well as the fact that her skin is loose on her body.

Because of this reason, you’ll want to check her routinely for any potential health problems, as the Neapolitan may not necessarily behave any differently if she’s ill or suffering from an injury.

  • Dominant

With some breeds, you can use “dominance” training or asserting yourself in the “alpha” role – however, this won’t work with the Neapolitan.  Mentioned earlier, the Neapolitan is a smart dog, and he fully comprehends the fact that you can’t physically dominate him.

That’s the problem with trying to train a dog that is as tall as an adult human – at least when it comes to the Neapolitan.  Just to put into perspective the size of this dog, adult males typically measure between 26 and 31 inches and weigh between 130 and 155 pounds.  Female Neos are, on average, 24 to 29 inches tall and weigh between 110 and 130 pounds.

  • Trainable

The Neapolitan is very easy to train because he learns quickly.  This, however, can be both a blessing and a curse.  The blessing goes without saying, but the curse is because in order to properly accept strangers, the Neapolitan needs to be thoroughly socialized.

Not socializing your Neapolitan is more serious than just having a shy dog on your hands – you could actually turn him into more of an aggressor this way with both human strangers and other animals.

As is a common training strategy, you should start socializing your Neapolitan early and continue socializing him throughout the course of his life.

Think Twice Before Settling on a Neapolitan Mastiff

As is noted above, you must be an experienced dog owner, and one with a passion for Neapolitans, before taking home a dog of this breed.  The Neapolitan Mastiff temperament can make him, simultaneously, the best and worst dog you ever own.

Before delving into the Newfoundland temperament, let’s take a moment to get to know a little bit more about this sweetheart of a dog.

Some General Info About the Newfoundland

The Newfoundland, or “Newf,” is classified as a “working dog.”  Other types of working dogs include the Golden Retriever, the Great Dane, and the Siberian Husky.

The Newfoundland was originally bred to be used as a working dog for fishermen in a land that is now a part of Canada but that used to be its own separate entity, known as the Dominion of Newfoundland.

Because of their established purpose, Newfoundlands are actually skilled at water rescues.  This is due, in part, to their muscular body structures, thick double coats, webbed feet, and inherent swimming ability.

Interestingly, the Newf likes to drink water almost as much as he likes to swim in it.  He’s pretty messy, though, when it comes to drinking – and he likes to drink a lot.  So you may find yourself cleaning up after his drool rather often.

Newfoundlands come in a variety of colors, including black, brown, gray, or a white and black combo referred to as “Landseer.”

That’s a Big Doggie!

Newfoundlands, on average, weigh in at between 130 and 150 lbs. for males, and between 100 and 120 lbs. for females.  This puts them into the weight range of “Giant.”

Some Newfs have even been recorded as weighing in at over 200 lbs., with the largest one on record being 260 lbs. and measuring in at over six feet from nose to tail!

As far as their height is concerned, Newfs usually reach between 22 and 28 inches, if you measure them at the shoulder.

Some Traits of the Newfoundland Temperament

Despite being a strong, big dog, the Newfoundland temperament is closer to that of a teddy bear than a lion.

  • Gentle

For one thing, the Newfoundland is a gentle creature, renowned for her calmness and docility.  Because of this, Newfoundlands are fantastic to have around children.

However, because she can grow to be rather large at a younger age, small children have to take care that she doesn’t accidentally lean on them or knock them down.  She is the very definition of a “gentle giant.”

Considering those measurements above, it’s a relief to know that the Newf doesn’t have a penchant for using her weight and height in an aggressive fashion.  Could you imagine that much dog taking off after you?  Yikes!

Thankfully, though she may be huge, she ambles around rather slowly.

  • Sweet-Tempered

The Newfoundland’s sweet nature also makes him a pleasure to be around.  He will normally have a deep bark, which is ironic considering his laid-back attitude, and he is normally very loyal to his masters.  He typically doesn’t break out the bark unless he feels it’s necessary.

He’s even good around other dogs and animals, but his size can cause issues if he’s not properly trained.

Should an intruder barge into your home, the Newfoundland will essentially place him under citizen’s arrest.  The Newf is much more likely to either pin the intruder in the corner or put himself between the unwelcomed guest and his family until help arrives, rather than go in for the kill.

Even more impressive, the Newf has an innate sense for who is a threat to his “pack” and who isn’t, so if he doesn’t feel that you’re a threat, he’ll leave you alone.

  • Trainable

Newfoundlands are normally easy to train, but you have to, as with most other dogs, start young.  You can almost never go wrong with showing your dog the ropes as early as you can.  The sooner she learns the rules, the happier you and she will ultimately be.

As with many other breeds, the Newf will get along better with other dogs and animals if she is given opportunities to socialize with them from a young age.  You’ll want to look for even the smallest signs of aggression so that you can train her that this is not an acceptable way to behave.

The Health and Life Expectancy of a Newfoundland

Unfortunately, the Newfoundland is susceptible to a variety of different health conditions, including cystinuria (hereditary – causes bladder stones), hip dysplasia (a common problem for many breeds wherein there is deformed ball and socket in the hips), and even elbow dysplasia.

The Newfoundland can also succumb to a common heart defect of the breed known as subvalvular aortic stenosis, or SAS.  This basically involves the dog being born with defective heart valves.

Sadly, SAS can cause the Newfoundland to pass away suddenly and at a young age.  However, healthy Newfoundlands can live, on average, from 8 to 10 years with the latter being the typical life expectancy.

Is the Newf Right for You?

If you love big dogs, especially gentle giants, then you should definitely have no problems falling in love with a Newfoundland.  His sweet disposition, willingness to train, and gentle mannerisms all make the Newfoundland temperament a joy to experience.

Before getting to know the Smooth Fox Terrier temperament, it’s important to understand a bit more about the Smooth Fox Terrier in general to decide if he is the right kind of dog for you.

The Smooth Fox Terrier is actually considered the granddaddy of many a fox terrier, as several breeds of terriers have descended from him.  Other types of terriers include the Bull Terrier, the Jack Russell Terrier, and the Yorkshire Terrier (or “Yorkie”).

The Health and Lifespan of a Smooth Fox Terrier

If you’re looking to spend as much time with your pup as possible, then the Smooth Fox Terrier is a good choice.  That’s because she has a rather lengthy lifespan, on average living between 12 and 15 years and, in some cases, even up to 19 years!

Overall, this breed tends to be a rather healthy one, though, like any dog, she can certainly suffer from her fair share of ailments as well, including deafness, eye disorders, skeletal problems, and shoulder dislocations.

Grooming Your Smooth Fox Terrier

If brushing a dog like a Huskie every day and dealing with cleaning up after an entire coat of fur twice a year doesn’t quite sound like something you’re up for, then you should be rather happy with a Smooth Fox Terrier.

That’s because when it comes to grooming, he’s rather low maintenance.

You can use either scissors or clippers to keep a Smooth Fox Terrier’s coat looking clean.  This is because the hair on her body grows evenly over the entire body – no rough collars or fluffy tails here!

Most important, as in any other routine pet maintenance, is to keep her nails trimmed and to make sure that the hair between her foot pads is clean.

You should also regularly brush a Smooth Fox Terrier’s teeth – not because she is more susceptible to dental problems in particular, but because maintaining oral hygiene is important to her overall health.

Just like training your dog, it is also important to start grooming her at a young age.  This is so she gets used to it and makes it easier on you as she gets older.  Even better, many Smooth Fox Terriers come to adore the attention they get while they’re being groomed.

Understanding the Smooth Fox Terrier Temperament

Okay, so now that you know a little bit more about the breed, we can delve more into the Smooth Fox Terrier temperament.  Here’s a quick breakdown about what you can expect from the breed.

  • Playful

The Smooth Fox Terrier is cheery and enthusiastic, and he will jump at any opportunity to play, especially when children are around.

  • Fearless

“Brave” and “bold” are two words that are often used to describe the Smooth Fox Terrier.  However, it is still important that he understands that you are his “pack leader.”  Otherwise, if he senses that you’re a softie, he can develop Small Dog Syndrome and become a bully.

Small Dog Syndrome, or “SDS,” is when dogs will exhibit more aggressive behavior simply because they’re not reprimanded for it as often or as strictly as a larger dog might be.  This includes excessive barking or guarding issues, as well as growling, snapping, or even biting.

It’s easy to understand how this could get out of hand.  Imagine a terrier running around crazy without a leash, then imagine the same scenario with a bigger dog, like a Saint Bernard or a Rottweiler.  People would be scooping up their children and running away from a Rottweiler – perhaps not so much with a little terrier.

So, if you’re not careful, youre “terrier” can become a “terror.”  And, since the Smooth Fox Terrier is already bold enough on his own, you don’t want to go giving him that kind of power.

The best way to ward off SDS is to be firm and consistent with your Smooth Fox Terrier, giving him rules and limits as to what is and is not allowed as acceptable behavior

  • Active

The Smooth Fox Terrier has a rather strong hunting instinct, and if a rabbit or a bird happens to cross their path, it could end up on your back stoop later on.

It is recommended that you keep your Smooth Fox Terrier on a leash whenever possible or, if available, in a completely enclosed area.  In addition to hunting, the Smooth Fox Terrier is also a wanderer, and she’ll take the opportunity to go off and explore if you don’t keep a watchful eye on her.

Because the Smooth Fox Terrier temperament includes such a high energy level, she can become both stressed out and frustrated if she is not exercised properly.  This goes for mental exercise as well as physical.

A daily walk or jog is a good habit to get your Smooth Fox Terrier into in order to burn off that excess nervous energy.

  • Intelligent

The Smooth Fox Terrier is a great breed for learning new tricks.  He is a smart dog, and with patience and time, he’ll be sitting, playing dead, and playing fetch in no time.

  • Affectionate

The Smooth Fox Terrier is incredibly devoted and loyal to her family.  There is no one she would rather be around than her masters.  She is also good with other dogs, provided she is properly introduced to and socialized with them.

Is the Smooth Fox Terrier Right for You?

By now, you should have probably determined whether or not the Smooth Fox Terrier is the right kind of dog for you.  The Smooth Fox Terrier temperament is an energetic and happy one, though you need to keep him reined in so he doesn’t get too big for his britches.

The West Highland White Terrier, (a.k.a. the “Westie”), is a Scottish breed of terrier, and the West Highland White Terrier temperament has a more mature disposition than you might expect from such a tiny dog.  It is also perhaps more erratic in terms of its behavior, depending on the dog.

Aspects of the West Highland White Terrier Temperament

Every Westie is different, so it’s difficult to gauge a “normal” West Highland White Terrier temperament.  Some Westies are great with kids, while others would rather be left alone.

They can also be possessive with both their toys and their food, and they won’t stand for rough handling like, for instance, a child pulling at its ears or tail.

Here are some more elements that make up the West Highland White Terrier temperament:

Alert

The West Highland White Terrier is a lively one, and its ears will perk up if there’s another animal around to chase, like a cat or another small dog.  They’ll also take off after said animal, so it’s important to keep an eye on them and to reprimand them if they do this.

  • Friendly

While mentioned above that the Westie will give chase whenever possible, he’s still a rather friendly dog.  This typically also includes strangers and children.  He’ll jump at the chance (perhaps even literally) to indulge in some companionship.

The West Highland White Terrier is a loyal dog, and he is the friendliest and happiest of all the Scottish breeds of terrier, which include the Scottish Terrier, the Cairn Terrier, and the Skye Terrier.

  • Courageous

The West Highland White Terrier is rather self-confident while in the presence of other dogs, so you have to take care in training him not to pick fights, which is something that he’ll be inclined to do, despite his tiny size.

  • Hardy

You may be surprised, but the Westie actually makes for a pretty good watchdog, despite her smaller stature.  Two things she loves to do are dig and bark, and she’ll do plenty of the latter if she feels her territory is being encroached upon.

  • Active

If you want to take your Westie on vacation with you, he’ll love the idea!  And, considering his tiny size, he’ll fit easily into a carrying case.  The Westie is a robust dog, and he’s generally up for any challenges you want to throw at him.

  • Independent

One thing to watch out for is Small Dog Syndrome (SDS), which is a condition that small dogs can sometimes develop if their owners are softer on them in the training department.  Dogs with this condition are tiny but mean because they’re allowed to get away with more than bigger dogs would who carried out the same actions.

The dog needs to see you as his true pack leader.  You must be firm, confident, and consistent.  Else he can take up such unsavory behavior as biting, snapping, or guarding disorders (like guarding his food or the furniture).  He could even seek out fights with other dogs.

  • Stubborn

Another thing to keep in mind is that a Westie may need his training refreshed every once in a while.  He can be stubborn at times and give in to his instinctual drive to hunt, preferring to chase  a ball into the street, rather than remain on the property where he belongs.

The same goes for barking and digging.  Because these are two of the West Highland White Terrier’s favorite things to do, you may have to remind him at times that barking at the mailman or digging up your flower bed is not part of the deal.

The Health and Lifespan of a West Highland White Terrier

On average, West Highland White Terriers are estimated to live about 12 to 16 years.  Unfortunately, this breed carries with it a host of predispositions to health conditions that can affect her quality of life.

Abdominal hernias are one such condition, as is a disease known as Craniomandibular osteopathy, a.k.a. “lion jaw.”  This is also called the “Westie jaw,” and it is typically found in dogs under a year old.  This condition makes it difficult for the pup to chew and swallow food.

Test can be done to diagnose this condition, and it often reaches its peak by the time the dog turns one year old, sometimes even regressing.  Unfortunately, if it does not, euthanasia may be your only option.

Some other of the more common Westie health conditions include skin disorders, globoid cell leukodystrophy (a neurological disease that causes tremors, muscle weakness, and difficulty walking), and “White Dog Shaker Syndrome,” a condition involving tremors and muscle coordination problems that can last longer in males than females.

Bringing Home a Westie

Now that you know more about the West Highland White Terrier, you can make a better informed decision about whether or not you want to bring one home.  As far as the West Highland White Terrier temperament is concerned, you’ll be taking a loyal, active, and happy pup into your home.

Just be careful that you don’t give him too much leeway, or he’ll go from happy to scrappy in no time.