Breeder/Owner Resources

Breeder/Owner Resources

This section presents information and resources for breeders, owners and veterinarians related to health, genetics, breeding, and temperament of Westies.  Topics are listed alphabetically.  If the topic heading is listed as a link, click on the topic heading to access an overview article.  This section contains up-to-date information on genetics, breeding, whelping, puppy survival issues, and temperament.  Below most topic headings there is a list of articles and research about the topic.  If you have comments or questions, please let us know in the Contact Us section.


Information on diseases that affect Westies can be found under Westie Health Topics, and information on disease research can be found under RESEARCH.




Information on Aggression in Dogs



Aging Dogs, What Can We Do To Help? (2015)

Aging Dogs and Their Skin (2015)

A Profile in Graceful Aging (2015)




Information on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Articles and Research:

Chiropractic and  Accupuncture in Canine Physical Rehab (2006)

Laser Therapy: Revolutionizing Pain Management and Wound

Healing (2015)

Licorice And Dogs (2014)

Why Dogs Eat Poop and How to Stop It (2016)

Probiotics for Dogs (2017)

Our Story: Poisonous Toads



Articles and Research:

Breeding Strategies for Managing Genetic Traits

Genetics, Pediatrics, Fading Puppy Syndrome (2005)

Managing the Carriers-A Breed and Replace Strategy, Part 1 (2014)

Managing the Carriers-A Breed and Replace Strategy, Part 2 (2014)

Maternal Post-Weaning Nutrition

Neonate Puppies (2005)

Pedigree Analysis and How Breeding Decisions Affect Genes

Popular Sire Syndrome (2004)



Articles and Research:

The Importance of Clinical Genetics, Part 1 (2004)

The Importance of Clinical Genetics, Part 2 (2005)

The Effects of Genetic Testing: Constructive or Destructive? (2001)

Removing the Stigma of Genetic Disease (2003)



Articles and Research:

Leptospirosis: Information for Dog Owners (2018)

Canine Influenza Virus Notice (2017)



Storm Evacuation Preparedness for Dog Owners (2017)














Support Groups

The groups listed below offer support for owners dealing with Westie health issues.  Some of these groups are for Westie owners and others are for all dog owners dealing with a particular canine health problem.


Westie Lung Disease Support Group.  This group has over 200 members in just 2 months from startup.  The group includes owners of affected dogs and many veterinarians and researchers looking for improved quality of life for dogs with IPF.  Check it out!

Health Links



  • CHF Videos and Podcasts. Click on this link for a series of excellent canine health related videos, including presentations from the 2009 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference, plus numerous Podcasts on a variety of canine health issues.







Additional resources can be found on our LINKS page.


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