The Westie is foremost a terrier, bred to chase and hunt, to work underground out of sight and hearing of its owner, and therefore, dependent on its own brain and ingenuity . This produces a dog with an independent spirit, and inquisitive nature and an active body. Some people think that terriers are yappy and snappy. This is not true of a well-brought up Westie. Although they can be very determined, they do like to please their owners, and so much depends on early training forming a good relationship with your dog. The owner must be prepared to take on the role of ‘boss’ and as soon as a Westie realises who is ‘top dog’ , he will happily do as told – though not the speed and docility of a gundog.