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. 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:
To find out if a Westie is the right dog for you and your family, start with the Westie Profiler provided by The Westie Club of America. Before you get that puppy, do a lot of research on the breed and on raising a puppy, as well as on 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 lots of it. Do not buy if you do not have the time to give!