The Westie's coat is very characteristic and easy to maintain. It has hard and medium length hair composed of hair and undercoat. The color is white with no variations or stains. The inner fur is slow to grow, so Westie puppies have shorter fur up to a year of age or beyond. They don't shed, especially if brushing is done routinely. Its grooming is very characteristic, usually maintaining a long skirt and a well-rounded head, with the hair close to the body in the region of the back.
Westie needs a lot of attention. They are needy and have high energy levels, so this combination implies that they need long periods of play. Light walks should also be done every day that, in addition to being great physical activities, serve to stimulate the pet with different smells. This breed is also very alert and very protective of their family, so it's important to start socializing them from a young age. That way they won't be skittish with the presence of strangers, children and other animals. Even so, their alert state is usually constant, with insistent barking if they witness any suspicious movement. The Westie's coat is very characteristic and easy to care for. They don't shed too much and need brushing just to prevent tangling and to loosen the new hair from the old. Baths should be given weekly or fortnightly, preferably with specific products indicated by a veterinarian to protect the skin and hair and make it less prone to bacterial infections.