I have a norwich terrier currently who’s about 7 years old. I love him very much but recently I’ve been thinking about getting another dog and because norwiches are so hard to find i decided that i really want a westie. Would this be a good pair or would it end up in many fights? Also, which gender should i get considering my current dog is a male and neutered?
Answer by jtexas
I can relate my experience. I used to have a big ‘ol yella hound dog, when he was about 8 yrs old my daughter (now in college) wanted a west highland terrier. We managed to convince her mother that it was a good idea, and we were right, he’s as good a dog as anybody could ask for. Now he’s mentoring his little brother, another big hound, and he’s very good at it.
While my experience is with terriers & hounds, I wouldn’t hesitate to pair a westie with another terrier. The only question is, does your norwich get along with other dogs? It wouldn’t be fair to either to bring a puppy into a household with an unfriendly dog.
The puppy will want to follow big brother around all the time, he’ll learn everything from the Norwich. Be sure to give the puppy plenty of one-on-one quality face time with you, do some separate training, so he learns to focus on you instead of the other dog.
The puppy will want to play when the other dog doesn’t, and you might see the older dog express his feelings in a way that might seem pretty intense, a flurry of hair and teeth and growls, but nobody will get hurt. Even though he’s able to speak for himself, it’s important for you to stop the puppy from harrassing him whenever you see it start. It’ll be good for puppy to see that you are in charge, and it’s good for your other dog to see you backing him up. Likewise, don’t let the older dog pick on the puppy, if he seems to be so inclined.
Our westie approaches life with a lot of intensity, he’s very vocal, friendly but he’s nobody’s lap dog.
In my experience, having two male dogs in the household works quite well.