West Highland White Terrier
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The West Highland White Terrier (or, as it affectionately known, the Westie) hails from the Highlands of Scotland, where it was bred for the hard work of destroying vermin such as badgers and fox.
Like most Terriers, the Westie is strong-willed and spunky. His friendly, happy attitude makes him a lovable and adorable family companion, as well as a good choice for a single person household. Don’t look for a Westie to be a lap dog – this busy breed is usually on the move! Westies are an intelligent, energetic breed and do well in both agility and obedience trials.
Although a highly energetic breed, Westies are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – and your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Westies are prone to include bone diseases such as craniomandibular osteopathy; skin conditions such as atopy; eye problems such as cataracts and glaucoma; ear issues such as deafness; and muscle conditions such as shaker dog syndrome.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Westie inherits more than just his father’s knack for agility or his mother’s happy attitude, you’re covered.