Advice About Breeders...
"Pet" does not have to mean "poorly bred". Show breeders usually keep only one or two puppies for show and sell the rest as "pets". Often, only an expert eye can tell a difference, and even sometimes they can't. These pets have been bred with the same good health, good temperament and good looks as their siblings reserved for conformation show. Do not save money on your pet purchase only to spend it at the vet's office. Look for a breeder who:
Advice About Registries...
You want your pet to be registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) because this is what most responsible breeders use, and it provides entry to many AKC activities.
Do Not be Fooled!
The AKC is just a registry; it does NOT guarantee the quality of your puppy or even that it is purebred.
The AKC registers puppy mill dogs, too.
There are many other registries out there: "registered" does not necessarily mean "AKC"!
Advice About Westies...
The Westie is not for everyone. To find out if a Westie is the right dog for you, your lifestyle, and your family, please review the About Westies section of our website and visit the West Highland White Terrier Club of America for more information and to take the Westie Profiler. Before you contact a breeder to get that adorable puppy, we strongly recommend for you to research the breed, raising a puppy, and living with an adult dog. Remember, to properly raise an enjoyable dog, expect to spend as much time as you would to raise a child. Westies require time -- YOUR time -- and a lot of it. Do not buy if you do not have the time to give!
WESTIES are a lifetime commitment, and not for everyone! Research before you buy or rescue!