How Do Westies Show Affection

How Do Westies Show Affection? The Top 7 Ways Your Westie Says I Love You

Life is all about finding your person to love or things you love to keep you happy. Many individuals have pets that can be their go-to thing to make them feel excited and loved. When it comes to pets, animal lovers love dogs such as the breed “Westies.” So how do you tell if a Westie is showing you affection when you own one? That is a good question.

Westies and any animal typically show their affection and gratification to owners by wanting to love on you. Their form of loving could be tiny licks or just following you everywhere. Westies are a breed that need a lot of attention, and when you provide it, they show their affection back.

If you are looking for a new family member that will make you feel happy and loved, a dog is just that. Picking the breed you want can be difficult as there are so many to choose from, but here you will learn all about Westies. Read on to learn about Westies.

What does a Westie Showing Affection Look Like?

As with most other breeds, Westies show their affection through their body language since they can not physically talk to communicate with us. Other than their tiny bark that they may use to get your attention, anything verbal is limited completely. Westies are a strong breed that love having attention from their owner. Once you gain your Westies trust and love, they will constantly be your shadow. 

A Westie will use wanting to be close to you and “snuggle” up to you as a way of showing their affection. This could be they choose to climb up next to you on the couch, in your lap, in bed, or anywhere that you really are. They will be your family member just as you are theirs. 

Affection Break Down

When you break down the word affection, what does it mean for you? Affection is typically when someone is showing their appreciation, love, or how they feel about you. Affection can be shown through physical actions or through emotional actions that ensure another person knows how they feel.  

When you show an animal you care and affection, they will return it in their way. This may not be through compliments like another person would do, but it is still special. Typically they may do actions such as; 

  • Tiny Licks, which could be called “kisses”
  • Following you around everywhere you go
  • Snuggling with you any chance they get
  • Wanting to play
  • Attempting to protect you
  • Staring at you (could be out of admiration) 
  • Happy dances as many dogs do when they are excited and feel appreciated

Westies also show affection through excitement as they may demonstrate they are happy and grateful through jumping or trying to play. A Westie may also lick you, which is a dog’s form of communication as our significant others may show us appreciation in that form of kisses.

Every animal is different, so they may not do exactly what is listed here in this article. This article will be a close outline to what most Westies do to show their affection to owners. This is my experience with my sweet Westie, to show you how amazing it is. Your Westie could have his or her own personality that radiates through different actions that someone else may not consider a normal behavior but is still healthy. 


Our Westies enjoy snuggling with its owner as a form of showing their affection. They are some of the cuddliest breed of dogs who enjoy just touching their owners as often as they can. When a Westie appreciates and is thankful for their owner, they will show affection by wanting to have you constantly loving on them and holding them close. 

Snuggling can be a way for animals to show their love, just as it is for the Westie community. 

Wanting to Play

Most Westies are very independent dogs, but this doesn’t mean that they also do not want to be catered to. Westies love showing a form of affection through their love to play. My Westies want you to be the center of their world and vice versa. They could try to play with you and bring their favorite toys to you as an act of their affection, just like my Westie. 

Attempting to Protect You

When a Westie respects their owner and wants to show their affection, many of them do it through protecting their owners. They will want to protect you, whether it be just something small and not wanting anyone else to love you in front of them. All the way to if someone is attempting to hurt you, they will try to ward off the bad energy or person. This is a form of them showing they care and their affection, just like a human would protect someone they care and have affection for.

My Westies will try to protect me by standing in front of me and barking with their tiny bodies or trying to keep someone away from me. They may also try to keep someone away if they are even just trying to give love because they are jealous, and only want the love for them. 

Staring At You

Staring at you is another way that Westies try to show their affection; many people may not realize this. Due to Westies not being able to verbally communicate, they communicate feelings through their body language and eyes. When a Westie is staring at you, it is their form of trying to get your attention to love them physically. The act of staring at you and following you around is their tiny way of showing affection silently.  

My Westies love to just sit and stare at us, typically waiting for me to initiate pets, play time or a walk. All of the things our Westie loves

Happy Dances

The happy dance can have many versions, such as the dog bouncing around happily, running in circles, jumping up and down, and more. When it comes to the happy dance, the Westie is trying to communicate through their body language their happiness to you. 

The happy dance is the Westies version of showing their affection and gratitude through movements that demonstrate their feelings. They often will show the happy dance after something they appreciate is done or out of pure excitement from how much they love you. 


If your Westie is anything like ours you just might encounter the many ways they show affection. My Westies ways of showing affection are the absolute cutest and I am sure you will think so too when you own one. 

Watching our Westie want to snuggle, play, dance, give kisses and more never gets boring! It can be the highlight of our day walking in and being encountered by the overflow of puppy affection. 

I never have to worry about a shortage of affection in my home when I have a Westie running around. They are an endless supply and will make any home radiate a little brighter. 


If you are looking to find a best friend that will never let you down or leave you, a Westie can be your companion for life. Owning a Westie can give you everything that you crave in life, just without the verbal communication. A Westie is going to ensure that you know they love you through their short lifespan compared to our lifespan. Their affection will be shown through multiple avenues.