Down South Westies
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Looking For A Westie Puppy?

Weekly people contact us wanting a referral for a Westie puppy. The following guidelines offer a good place to start. You should be free to expect breeders to answer the following:

  • Do you belong to the West Highland White Terrier Club of America, a regional Westie club, or an all-breed club?

  • Are you involved in showing his/her dogs in the breed ring, the obedience ring or earthdog tests?

  • Are you willing to give references to potential buyers as well as your vet who provides care for the pups?

  • They should be willing to answer questions about any possible hereditary problems.

  • Provide a record of the dates and types of vaccinations and worming done.

  • Provide a 3 to 5 generation pedigree of the sire and bitch, and litter registration for the buyer's registration of the puppy with the American Kennel Club (AKC).

  • Pups are placed with spay/neuter contract and limited registration.

  • Pups go to new homes no sooner than 8 weeks and a Vet health certificate is provided for the new owner.

  • Offer a health guarantee and contract.

  • Have a vast knowledge of the breed and be selective in placing pups through the use of a detailed application/screening process.

  • Willing to take the pup back at any age if the owner cannot provide care.

Of course, each breeder can only provide a few pups annually. If you are seriously searching for a pup, there are some things you need to do:

* If you have never owned a Westie, do your research, talk to Westie owners, and be sure a Westie is right for you. Over the years we were very careful where we placed our pups. If you are not able to stay home with your new pup during the day, you do not need a pup. It is not fair to your pup to crate him for hours, which makes potty training essentially impossible. If you have children under 6, we always recommend you wait until the kids are older.

*Don't buy a pup from a pet store.  There are auction sites where pups are auctioned off to brokers who sell them to pet stores. Most of them sell for $200-400 at auction.  Many pet stores will sell that same pup for $2,000.  Many of these pups are unhealthy and exist in terrible conditions. If we would stop buying our pets from pet stores, much of that would be stopped. Many Westie pups are produced every day that do not have human contact until the day the pet transport guy comes to load them up for his delivery route. We always discourage anyone who might buy a pup from a pet store.

* Don't buy a pup on impulse. It is very important that you buy your pup from a reputable breeder. Did you ever wonder why we always had such a long wait list? When we stopped breeding, we disappointed dozens of people. We got dozens of tear jerker emails about how much they wanted a Down South Westie and how long they had waited for a pup. We felt like a heel. The point I make is that there may be a reason that a breeder has 4 pups that are 8 weeks old and "you can have your pick". Be sure you check them out and ask all the right questions. Be patient. Get on the wait list of a reputable breeder.

* Don't buy a pup without a health guarantee and contract.

* Don't buy a pup unless he is AKC registered.

* Never buy a pup unless you feel comfortable the breeder will answer all of your questions. We get dozens of questions every month and sometimes someone will say, "I contacted my breeder to ask for help with my 10 week old pup that I got from him, but he will not return my email or phone calls.  You should feel you can count on your breeder like your best friend.

* Don't be afraid to ask for references. Any reputable breeder will give you several. If the breeder hesitates to give references, don't buy their pup.

* Don't buy a Westie unless you are financially able to give him the best care possible, feed him the best food, and treat him like a member of the family.