Westie Life Expectancy?

I've always heard that West Highland Terriers are long lived dogs but someone who grooms dogs told me they only live to be about 10 years old. Is this true? Also that they often suffer from chronic ear infections which was news to me. I have a 5 year old Westie, he is very healthy and always as been. He eats a good quality dog food and has regular vet visits. In your experience how long does a westie live, especially if you've owned one I would like to know.
Also: How about German Shepherds? I thought about 10-12 years but I've also heard they are long-lived. As old as 14 when they die. Your experience or thoughts on this?
Our last dog, a mixed breed, died a few months shy of 8 due to health problems associated with severe hip dysplasia. Hardest thing in the world to go through.

They live approx 15 years….depending on the quality of food you give ..they are the best dogs ever I am enjoying my 3rd one now…..my last one passed just shy of her 12th birthday due to an enlarged heart…..It shouldn't be a thought though of how long you have the pet the focus should be the quality of life you give and share…..there is a bond between animals and humans that is both rare and special….

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  • xoxocutie147

    hmm around 8-11 years…
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  • p m

    Although smaller dogs often have longer lives than large dogs there are always exceptions. I have seen a lot of labs that made it to 15 and some are gone at 12. Westies are generally in the 10-14 year range. I have a cousin that has had several Westies and loves them all. Well bred Shepards often get to 14… but poorly bred ones with hip problems and genetic defects have trouble making it past 10. Breeding, life style, love and a good vet make for a longer life. Good luck
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  • Emily

    The DogFancy magazine tells me that their life spans are 10-15 years. My Westie's about 5 years old too, so I can't say from experience, sorry :)
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  • Soul T

    They live approx 15 years….depending on the quality of food you give ..they are the best dogs ever I am enjoying my 3rd one now…..my last one passed just shy of her 12th birthday due to an enlarged heart…..It shouldn't be a thought though of how long you have the pet the focus should be the quality of life you give and share…..there is a bond between animals and humans that is both rare and special….
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  • Sharon_courtney

    I see that the average lifespan ranges from 10-15 years.  Recently my little dog (westie) Sparky died.  He would have been 22 on the 11 July 2012.  His brother is still alive and he is 20 years old.  Still walking, playing and eating well. 

    • Rhonda

      that is soooo amazing:)::) I have really high hopes now that my baby will live to be that age….I will miss him oh something terrible when he passes, he is 15yrs now….somedays you’d know but most days he is full of life and spark yet:):)

  • Gosteeveee

     My westie Henry.was almost 15 years old.

  • Jane Meszoros

    My westie ,Snowflake passed away on February 1,2013. It has only been 3 days but I feel so sad and the  house is empty without her. She had canine cognitive dysfunction which is dementia or senility. The last 10 days she didn’t  know us ,walked in circles and seemed lost as she wandered aimlessly. I feel heartbroken and miss her terribly. Letting her go at 15 was the right thing but it sure hurts!

    • Skurno

      You have my sincere sympathy.  I dread the day and I know it’s coming.

  • Skurno

    My Cleo will be 15 on May 1, 2013.  She is in relatively good health.  For the last two years, she has cataracts so her eye sight isn’t as good and she has lost her hearing.  Over the years, she would get colitis once or twice/year but hasn’t had a bout in about 4 years now.  I know her days are numbered but she is the best thing that ever happened to me.  I got her when she was 3 months old and dread the day she leaves me.  I would get another in a heartbeat!  Loyal, protective, loving but independent, too.  She never leaves my side when I am home.  Also, a GREAT traveller in the car…always was and still is.

  • Rose

    Our little Daisy had to be put to sleep at 8 years . She had had EPI for 5 years & had a malignant meanoma removed last year . Her final illness was hepatitis . Such sorrow .

  • Jane Mowat

    My westie is almost 14 and although he’s started having some health issues now, with the care of my vet (and insurance) he still has a great quality of life. We walk for about 2 hours daily and he likes nothing better than to chase squirrels and the occasional bird in the park. He’s a real character and is loved by everyone.

  • Jacky

    My little westie boy, Malo, was 16 and a half years old when he left me on April 5th 2013. He was my shadow for all those years, he never left my side & it has left me completely heartbroken. 2 weeks before he passed, he had vet check and blood tests and I was told he was in great health, strong heart and no problems and I had a little dog that had no intention of going anywhere for some time. But the decline was rapid, as said, he suddenly started going downhill in those 2 weeks afterwards, and became very sick & on evening of the 4th he couldn’t keep anything down (food or water) & could barely move. I spent the night nursing & comforting him until he had to leave me in the early morning. It was such a shock, I thought he’d be OK. The vet had earlier (on 4th) given him an anti-sickness jab & said his temperature was normal, and to check back in the morning, but my baby never recovered :-( Malo had ear infections (itchy ear) which was related to his skin condition caused by allergies, but I fed him hypoallergenic food and treated his skin problems with a product called Dermacton cream, which is a natural product and completely safe, as I never wanted him to be on steroids which could have shortened his life.

  • Graham

    Today 14th August 2013 I went along to the vets with my dad, who sadly had to make the heart breaking decision to have him go to sleep for last time. It was also very hard for me to as he was such a loving loyal dog who’s temperament was so gentle and loving. He was 17 yrs old but had been suffering in the last 18 months with different ailments but it was his kidneys that had caused his time to end due to them failing.
    Good night Misty you were a one in a million friend x

  • Kansascajun

    My Westie, Lizzy, turned 16 on December 2nd. and has no health problems at all and perfect eye sight. Her Vet said it was the way she was taken care of and her diet that does not consist of canned dog food. I cook her meals and give her some of the Pet Botanics. Yes I feed her well done steak or beef, turkey and chicken and some very lean pork along with vegetables, but she does get a very high protein diet because she is so very active. She is a great traveler and a great hunter; hates possums.