Breed Guide: West Highland White Terrier

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A West Highland White TerrierDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the West Highland White Terrier

Height (to base of neck): female 10″, male 11″

Weight: female 13-16lbs, male 15-22lbs

Color: White

Origin: Scotland

Coat: The outer coat is dense and harsh, and the undercoat is fine and wooly.

Life Expectancy: 15years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: Moderate to high

Breed Nicknames: Westie

Is a West Highland Terrier the Right Dog Breed for You?

Westies’ small size and quickness were originally used for hunting vermin.  They have retained their spunkiness and make excellent companions.  They are fun loving, devoted and intelligent.  As with most terriers, their high energy combined with intelligence lends them to destructive behaviors when bored and not adequately stimulated.  Early socialization can help prevent a tendency to nip.  Grooming needs are moderate, they need to be clipped regularly, or stripped to remove the dead undercoat.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the White Terrier Dog

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Ear Infection $230 $1,330
Lipoma (Fatty Tumor) $409 $1,766
Gastritis $381 $1,501
Foreign Body- Esophagus $1,604 $2,762
Skin Allergies $694 $4,751


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