How long do West Highland White Terriers or Westies live?

How long do Westies live? I went for a walk with my son Jonathan and Pepper our Westie Dog along the seashore where we live. I met a neighbor named John whom I hadn’t seen in a long time. I was very surprised to see him alone because he has a black lab and the 2 are inseparable.

Naturally, I asked about Barney and his face fell. I knew something was terribly wrong. His answer was that he had to put Barney down because he had developed cancer and it had turned so fast. He didn’t want his friend to suffer.

I told John I was so sorry. He knew he meant it like all dog lovers do. After all, it is the passing of one of his family. Those without dogs cannot understand and I feel they are the losers of such love and loyalty.

The news hurt Jonathan because he always played with Barney and made such a ruckus with him.

It made me wonder how long our Pepper would live. The Westie in general should live to around 15 years if probably taken care of and also if no serious health issue arises.

He is now 6 years old and I still can’t believe he is so old. Maybe it’s a sign that I’m getting older, because my kids seemed to have grown up in the blink of an eye.

I give Pepper a big hug when I get home and she also gets a couple of extra treats. I don’t want to take him for granted and will monitor his health checks with proper West Highland Terrier grooming. He always looks like a puppy, whenever he comes back from the barber shop. I also have to start building the Westie photos again.

So, for all you dog lovers out there, remember to give your pet a hug today.

(DisclaimerNote: Any information contained on this site relating to various medical, health and fitness conditions of Westies or other animals and their treatments is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for the advice provided by your own veterinarian. You should not use the information contained in this document to diagnose the health of any animal. You should always consult and consult with your own veterinarian or veterinarian).

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