Google and George at our Rocklin Clinic

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Here at our Rocklin pet vaccination clinic we see a pair of great pet dogs with their happy humans. Google is a good, well bred example of the terrier known as West Highland White and George is a young Yellow Lab. Developed in Scotland in the 19th century, the Westhighland White name is synonymous with the Roseneath Terrier, very similar to the white Pittenweem Terrier and closely related to the Cairn Terrier and Scottish Terrier. All of these dogs were bred for the purpose of hunting small rodents and date all the way back to the reign of James VI of Scotland in 1600. While these dogs are phenomenally active and driven, they do suffer from a few physical problems. There is a skeletal problem of the jaw called ‘Lion Jaw’ which may severely affect the ability of a young Westie to eat. Additionally there are immunologic problems, skin problems, and genetic neurological problems so the average lifespan is only 11.4 years. Because Westies were working ratters, they have a wide streak of independence, good intelligence and boundless energy. They are probably the most interactive, friendly and entertaining of all the Terriers. George the Yellow Lab, like the Westie, is always a great breed to have around, but in contrast to the sometimes frenetic Westie, the Labs, when grown up, tend to be more focused on their humans, more ‘laid back’ and more thoughtfully affectionate.

– Geoffrey Antipa

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