Can Westies cause allergies?

Can Westies cause allergies?

We call this skin allergy “atopy”, and Westies often have it. Commonly, the feet, belly, folds of the skin, and ears are most affected. Symptoms typically start between the ages of one and three and can get worse every year.

Do Westies get diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus is a fairly common disease in dogs. Any breed can be affected, but Westies have an above average incidence. Dogs with diabetes are unable to regulate the metabolism of sugars and require daily insulin injections.

How long do Westies live for?

12 – 16 years
West Highland White Terrier/Life span

What kind of health problems does a West Highland Terrier have?

Like many breeds of dogs, West Highland Terriers are susceptible to certain health issues. Skin allergies causing severe itchiness is especially common in Westies. One such condition, Atopic Dermatitis, is genetic and affects 25% of Westies aged between three months and six years.

Is the West Highland dog a hypoallergenic dog?

And although they are not hypoallergenic dogs, you will notice that Westies shed very little hair. So, let’s look at the Westie’s temperament to see if this breed is right for your home. When it comes to the West Highland’s temperament, don’t be fooled by their diminutive size and adorable cuteness!

When was the West Highland Terrier introduced to the USA?

However, it was officially recognised as the West Highland White Terrier by the Kennel Club of England in 1906. The breed was introduced to the USA in 1905 and first shown the following year. The AKC recognised it in 1908. So what other fun information should we know about this lovely breed?

How big does a West Highland white terrier get?

It might have something to do with their adorable appearance. The Westie dog is small but robust with a broad chest, rectangular shaped body and a waggy carrot-like tail! Male West Highland White Terriers measure between 10 and 12 inches tall and weigh approximately 15 to 20 pounds. Females, on the other hand, are a little smaller.