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The Weston is a small cross breed being a mix of the Coton de Tulear and the West Highland White Terrier. She has a life span of 12 to 15 years and is a very friendly and charming dog with a lot of energy and animation.

The Weston could be a good dog for almost anyone as long as you can give her enough activity. She is small but she still has a lot of energy and is not going to be happy leading a completely sedate life on someone's lap. She will certainly entertain you at times, will be loyal and loving and a great addition to your life.

Here is the Weston at a Glance
Average height 10 to 12 inches
Average weight 12 to 17 pounds
Coat type Double, long, thick, sleek, fluffy
Hypoallergenic? Yes
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Good to very good
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good to excellent
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Average
Major Health Concerns Craniomandibular Osteopathy, Legg-Calve-Perthes, Eye Problems, lung problems, Patellar Luxation,
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $1200
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $530 to $630
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Where does the Weston come from?

The Weston is one of many so called Designer dogs that are popular today. Most designer dogs are bred using two purebred dogs and are given a blended name that comes from both parents. Some are created for a reason, many for example have a Poodle as one parent for his intelligence, low shedding, allergy friendly and good temperament. Key to remember though with these 1st generation dogs is that there are no guarantees, you might get a low shedding offspring for example or he might take more after his heavier shedding other parent. Genetics like this cannot be controlled.

Also make sure you are careful about where you buy from as a lot of bad breeders and puppy mills have seen how popular designer dogs have become and are making as many as they can too make money. These places do not care about the well being of their animals and can have some rather cruel practices. Since we have no origins known about who, when and why the Weston was bred we can look to the parents to get more of an idea on what goes into her.

The Coton de Tulear

The Island of Madagascar has several unique animals on it and one of them is actually a dog, the Coton de Tulear. It is thought his ancestor ended up there several hundred years ago either from shipwrecks, when they accompanied ladies on long voyages or when used as a ratter on board. However they got there they became popular amongst the Madagascar wealthy families. In the 1970s a Frenchman brought some home with him to get an established breed. They came to America sometime in the 1970s also.

He can still be found on the island but he is also a popular dog elsewhere too. He has a sweet nature, is playful and intelligent and quite affectionate. He is not yappy but does make noises when he plays. He loves meeting people and has a curious nature. He is easy to train and loves to play, run and swim. He does not do well when separated from his owners, can be boisterous and he is not good as a watchdog.

The West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier also called the Westie, is thought to come from a 17th century small dog given to the King of France by James I. He originates from Scotland and was used for vermin hunting and other small critter hunting. In the past he has had several names including the Roseneath terrier and the Poltalloch terrier but in 1906 was recognized by the English Kennel Club as the West Highland White Terrier.

He is a fun, clever and bold dog as most terriers are! He loves simple things like food, a good rub and playing with his favorite squeaky ducky. His cheerfulness makes him a popular dog despite the fact he can also be terribly mischievous. He is friendly and loving to his family but not much for being a complete lapdog. He is a lively dog and while not aggressive, despite his size if challenged would not back down from a fight. He does not always respond well to same sex dogs, more female to female than male to male interestingly enough. Training and socialization are key.

Temperament

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The Weston is a very charming and animated dog. She is alert, energetic, playful and full of fun and joy. She is a friendly dog and is affectionate and loving with her family. She is good with other dogs, children and animals too making her a great family pet. She likes to please, has a gentle nature and is fairly intelligent. Westons are also loyal and are non-aggressive.

What does the Weston look like

She is a small dog weighing 12 to 17 pounds and she stands 10 to 12 inches tall. She has flappy ears, a rounded head, round eyes and a black nose. Her coat can be straight, long, thick, double layered and fluffy. Some can have a coat more like the one parent and some more like the other though. Common colors are brown, white, cream and black.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Weston need to be?

She is a fairly active dog but being small it does not take too much to keep her healthy and happy. A couple of brisk 20 to 30 minute walks a day plus plenty of play time either indoors or out should be enough. Altogether in the day play and walks and other activities should total 2 hours or so. She can live in an apartment but access to a yard for somewhere else to play is a bonus.

Does she train quickly?

She is moderately easy to train. She is fairly intelligent, eager to please and enjoys the attention training brings as long as it is positive. Reward her with treats and praise, encourage her and stay firm and consistent. Do not punish or scold. Early training and socialization are important not just for better control for you but also it makes her more well rounded and happier.

Living with a Weston

How much grooming is needed?

The Weston will shed a low amount so there is not a lot of clean up to do after her. She is also hypoallergenic, or as hypoallergenic as a dog can be. Her coat is long and does need daily care to stop it matting and to remove the tangles and keep it healthy. You may need to take her to a groomers to have it trimmed on a regular basis, or have it cut shorter if you want less fuss. She will need a bath just when she gets really dirty or smelly. Use a dog shampoo only. She will also need her toe mails clipped, her ears checked and wiped clean once a week and her teeth brushed at least three times a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

Westons tend to be good with children, playful and affectionate. They also get on well with other pets and dogs. Early socialization helps with this, especially with meeting other dogs. Teach the children too how to approach her and play with her without hurting her. Younger kids who cannot be more careful may need supervision.

General information

She is an occasional barker and will need to be fed ½ to 1 cup of high quality dry dog food a day, split into two meals at least. She is alert and should bark if an intruder is present. She can handle most climates though not extremes and is a little better in colder weather than really hot.

Health Concerns

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Buying from disreputable places can increase the odds your puppy with have more health problems than if you buy from somewhere more reputable. Visiting the puppy to see the conditions it was kept in and asking to see parental health clearances can improve the odds. Health issues the parents are more prone to which can be passed on to the Weston include Craniomandibular Osteopathy, Legg-Calve-Perthes, Eye Problems, lung problems, Patellar Luxation and Hip dysplasia.

Costs involved in owning a Weston

A Weston puppy can cost around $1200. They are not super common so price ranges are harder to gather. Other costs include a collar and leash, crate, carrier, spaying, micro chipping, shots, deworming and blood tests which come to between $360 to $400. Yearly costs for non-medical needs like food, toys, grooming, license, training and treats come to between $435 to $535. Yearly costs for basic medical needs like flea prevention, shots, pet insurance and check ups come to between $435 to $535.

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