The Weeranian, also known as a Pom Westie or Weeranian Terrier, is a cross between a West Highland White Terrier and a Pomeranian. The “Westie” is a Scottish breed that was referenced as early as the reign of King James VI, but most major kennel groups recognized it as a breed around 1908. The other genetic branch of the Weeranian belongs to the Pomeranian, a breed that originated in Central and Eastern Europe. Popular with British royalty since the 18th century, the Pomeranian has enjoyed status as one of the most-loved breeds for years.
The Weeranian is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and the International Designer Canine Registry.
The Weeranian is a small dog that most commonly comes in the colors of black, black and tan, brown, red, and white. Its fur tends to be long and curly. Its appearance heavily depends on the genetic makeup of its parents and, like any crossbred, can vary.
The Weeranian is a breed friendly for children and other pets, however, they are difficult to train and not typically suited to a first-time dog owner. They are not generally effective watchdogs but are fairly active and social. They are known for being cheerful, intelligent, loyal, sweet, and playful.
The Weeranian has a life expectancy of 12-15 years, about average for a small dog. They need regular exercise to stay healthy, so be sure someone is able to walk them dog every day. Due to a dental condition common in Pomeranians, dry dog food is recommended and denta-bones or chewable toys should be available to prevent periodontal disease. A condition from the Westie side in young dogs nicknamed “Westie Jaw” can cause an overgrowth of bone in the jaw of the dog. It can also be prone to skin disorders, with a breed-specific condition called Hyperplastic Dermatosis occurring. An inherited genetic problem that exists on both sides is Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy. It is a neurological disease and the symptoms manifest by the age of 30 weeks. Affected dogs will have tremors, muscle weakness, and trouble walking.