West Highland White Terrier Parents
This page is dedicated to the fathers and mothers of our Westie puppies. In 2014, I FINALLY learned how to trim them much closer to how a professional would trim a Westie! (it only took 20 plus years!) Stripping is not needed unless you are going to show.
A lot of people are interested in the family history of their Westie puppy. There were pictures of puppy's parents, past parents, grandparents and even great grandparents, some even 4 to 6 generations back on the original website. I am very slowly trying to find the old photos and add them back on here. I must say the slide show take a long time so wondering if I should separate out grandparents from current parents. But some are both grandparents and current parents.
Some dogs on the page are even future parents! We even have a couple here who didnt make the cut as cute as they are we have really high standards.
CHIC, (Canine Health Information Center) means they have had all the recommended health testing done by the appropriate specialist, recommended for their breed.
In Westies the recommended tests are: eyes, patellas and hips. OFA (Orthopedic Foundation Association) for hips and CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation), or OFA, for eyes. Must be board certified specialist's for either. Patellas are examined by a general veterinarian, but to be OFA certified the veterinarian fills out the form and mails it to OFA who then issues the certificate. For hops the general veterinarian does the x-ray of the hips, but it must then be mailed to OFA for 3 veterinarians to review and give a rating and certification.
A few past and present parents! To many photos to post taken over the last 25 plus years! Some are with people who have adopted them when they were retired. I need to get photos of them in their new homes with professional hair cuts. We have super adorable Westies, even if my hair trimming job doesn't do them justice!
Very dirty Westie is Karmon. She was very happy with her version of beautification, (having rolled in the horse pasture with its "horse apples.") Her son Kaden is also shown with a dirty face after digging in the mud.
The back yard also had a big red "slide" only westies and a dachshund rescue mix dog would actually slide down on it. They usually stopped anytime I had the camera but I caught one in action by peeking around the corner as she was sliding down. They are SO funny!
CHIC, OFA and CERF certificates, for current parents, their parents, and eventually will have several generations all on here. They are not all here. I have many to upload. We believe in health testing and go every April to a clinic where all our stud dogs are seen by a certified ophthalmologist. We take moms in as we have space in appointments. Most of our moms do have a father, if not also a mother, and grandfathers who are all tested.
In addition we go to our veterinarian for patella exams and hip x-rays for OFA certification.
Genetics is fascinating, but often very misunderstood! On some things just because a parent is a carrier it does not mean a puppy can ever have the problem. Many issues require both parents to be carriers, or actually have the disease. The point of testing is not to eliminate all dogs who are not perfect, which would decrease the gene pool, adding its own set of problems. The point is to know which dogs to breed together for preventing diseases that are preventable in the puppies while having a large diverse gene pool.
Those who do no testing have no proof of anything. Just because someone may claim to not have a problem doesn't mean they won't next year, or they may never hear back from families who had puppies with problems, or they haven't been breeding for many years to have more then 1 or 2 dogs grow to old age. No dog is perfect.
If someone also said they have never had a problem with anything, well then that just is not possible unless they only had a very small number of litters. The laws of ratios with anything capable of carrying for 22 generations to pop up unexpectedly guarantee something will show up at some point no matter how hard any person tries to prevent it. Life is full of the unexpected, both good and bad! Health testing greatly improves the chances of good!