Educational Articles

Dogs + Characteristics

  • Like most terriers, Westies love to chase things and could get scrappy with other dogs, but the West Highland White Terrier is among the more trusting and gregarious of the Scottish terriers.

  • Most Whippets are quiet, gentle, and well-behaved inside the house, and love to join their people on the couch (and to keep the couch warm when their people aren't sitting on it!). They're friendly to visitors – no watchdog here – and aren't afraid to show how much they adore their owners.

  • There's an old adage that a dog’s cool, moist nose is a sign of good health. But is that true? And exactly why is that canine nose wet in the first place?

  • Whiskers are more sensitive than regular hairs because the follicles from which they originate are packed with blood vessels and nerves. In fact, a dog’s whiskers are as sensitive as a human’s fingertips.

  • The Wire Fox Terrier could be the canine incarnation of an anti-depressant. This merry little chap lives to play and likes nothing better than to make some mischief. And while he is on the smallish side, he has got the courage and tenacity of dogs twice his size.

  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffons demonstrate love and loyalty to family, making the breed a good companion for active owners. Although calm in the house when given plenty of exercise, the breed has a sense of humor and might drag underwear through the house just as the minister comes calling.

  • As a hairless type, these dogs are good for some allergy sufferers – but meet the dog and find out for sure before you commit. They bond so strongly that they can’t be rehomed easily, so you need to be in it for the long-haul.

  • The beautiful, feisty Yorkie acts more like a tough terrier than a delicate toy breed. Despite the luxurious, shiny coat, the Yorkie has a working-class attitude, a fondness for chasing small animals, a big-dog bark, and super-sized self-confidence.