Once you know where to look, you will notice that there are quite a few dog breeds that start with the letter ‘W’. And the dogs, their temperaments and histories are just as whimsical as the letter their name starts with. Here’s a look at six such interesting breeds.
This is a German dog that is known for being sleek, stubborn and energetic. This is also a fast and intelligent dog with hunting instincts which means it needs a lot of physical activity and you need to know how to keep up with it.
The Weimaraner lives for 10 to 12 years and is hypoallergenic. When it stands, it is about 23 to 27 inches tall and the females are a bit shorter.
Typically, this breed of dogs is grey in color with a few white spots on their chest. They have blue-grey eyes along with velvety long ears. Their fur needs to be brushed on a weekly basis even though the shedding is seasonal.
But in general, they are friendly dogs and like to please their humans. So, let that instinct take over from stubbornness and train them well.
2. West Highland White Terrier
Then there is the West Highland White Terrier. These dogs live for 12 to 16 years and are friendly and independent during those years. They are also one of the most popular small-sized terriers and are known to be brave and hardworking.
These terriers are about 10 to 11 inches tall when they stand and were bred to hunt rodents. So, they are quite tough despite their innocent looks.
These dogs are hypoallergenic and need to be cared for well by patient humans. They have a double coat that is hard on the surface. Temperament wise, these dogs are alert and independent and the latter makes it a bit tough to train them.
Their instincts with respect to prey are pretty sharp and they are good chasers, which can be a problem sometimes. They are also not great at remembering commands, which means they are likely to get lost while chasing a small animal.
3. Welsh Springer Spaniel
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a medium-sized sporting dog and one of the oldest in Britain. These dogs are about 17 to 19 inches tall when they stand and size-wise are between the Cocker Spaniel and the English Springer.
They have a uniquely shaped head and a waterproof coat that is red and white which makes them stand out. It is also thorn-proof which makes them great companions when you’re in the woods. Their coat helps them acclimatize to different weather conditions and terrains.
This breed of dogs is said to have arrived in Wales from Spain and became a separate breed from the English Springers in the early 1900s. They are pretty friendly with the family, but not so much with strangers. You should also know that they are prone to elbow and hip dysplasia in case you want to get one of these.
Whippets are gentle and loving dogs that are often referred to as a poor man’s racehorse. These dogs live for 12 to 15 years and are quite lively and intelligent too which makes them a great pet.
They look very much like a Greyhound but are much smaller in size. When they stand, these dogs are about 18 to 22 inches. They have a small waist and a deep chest with a long and lean head. Their legs, while athletic, are slim which helps them be agile.
They are known to chase small game quite efficiently which makes them good hunting companions too. They are also therapy dogs and despite being purebreds are often found in shelters. They love obedience training which makes them a good option for a pet.
5. Welsh Terrier
Like any other terrier, the Welsh Terrier is a spirited dog. These dogs were bred originally to chase small game-like badgers and otters because they are sturdy and rugged.
They have a tight black and tan coat which separates them from the other terriers. When they stand, these dogs are about 15 inches tall and size wise they are somewhere between the Lakeland Terrier and the Airedale.
The exact origin of these dogs is not known, but the breeding began in the 1700s. Luckily, they also don’t get sick all that much but are prone to allergies and hip dysplasia among a few other health problems.
These dogs really like to enjoy themselves and have a lot of fun. They are also very determined and don’t get tired easily which is extremely useful on a hunting trail. These are also purebred dogs that somehow end up in shelters and rescues. So, take a look there first if you want to get one.
6. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are a loyal, gentle but vigilant breed that live for 12 to 14 years. They are very trainable dogs which is comforting for first-time dog parents. These dogs are also often called the supreme gundog and came to existence in the 1800s when Europeans were trying to breed different kinds of hunting dogs.
They wanted to breed dogs that could replace a pack of dogs with different abilities. With a lot of mixing, a dog that was a pointer on land, great at water retrieving and had webbed feet was created. Then, the breeder went to Germany and France to refine it which is why it is unclear if this is a German dog or a French one.
Physically, these are medium-sized dogs and are about 24 inches tall when they stand. The dogs have a harsh coat that is usually grey and has brown markings but you might find other colors too.
They don’t shed at all and look unkempt naturally. However, they must be brushed on a weekly basis and the hair near their ears and feet must be trimmed occasionally.
They love pleasing their humans which makes it easy to train them but they do need a lot of exercise because they were bred with extensive physical activity in mind. You must also introduce them to a sport when they are still pups and keep them engaged and true to their athletic ancestral traits.
It’s not the easiest thing to find popular dog breeds whose names start with ‘W’. But once you do find them, you will notice that there are a lot of amusing dog breeds out there not just with interesting traits but with rich background stories. Hopefully, this was a fun run for you because it certainly was for us.