Urgent! Westie DNA samples needed for new Legg-Calvé-Perthes genetic research project.Click here for more info...
The Westie Foundation of America is a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation that provides financial and other support to medical research and education efforts to benefit the health and quality of life of the West Highland White Terrier in particular and dogs in general.
Tax-deductible contributions may be made to the Foundation in any amount.
All gifts benefit the life-long well-being of Westies.
Calling All Westie Owners!
Westie DNA samples needed for Addison’s Disease research.Click here for more info...
Westie DNA samples needed for bladder cancer in Westies study at National Institutes of Health.Click here for more info...
Genetic Marker for CMO
Blood samples from affected dogs and their unaffected family membersClick here for more info...
Donate to the WFA for whatever reason you choose: a memorial for the passing of a beloved Westie or a wonderful friend; an honorarium to celebrate someone's birthday, anniversary, holiday greetings or whatever; a litter, a championship, obedience or agility title for someone’s Westie, etc.Complete details here...
Westie Chocolate!Get yours here...
Montgomery 2013 SeminarClick here for details...
Winter Photo Contest WinnersClick here for details...
The Westie Health Survey is here!Click here for details...
For information on the latest Foundation funded Research
May, 2012Click here for details...
Donate to the Foundation and receive a Westie Foundation car magnetClick here for details...
Welcome Fellow Westie Fancier!
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Westie Foundation of America, Inc. and Advisory Council members, thank you for your interest in the Foundation and our website. First, a highlight of a major revision to the website in the paragraph below, followed by another paragraph describing some not to be missed focal points for first time visitors. In the last paragraph, how can everyone help in order to truly make a difference.
For our readers’ convenience, just “a click of the mouse” on the diseases in the Specific Health Concern box of this homepage will magically transport the user to a separate webpage of information for that topic. Information on each such webpage is organized in the following order: Health eBooks info, newsletter articles, seminar information, funded research projects, veterinary specialists, and other such useful links to that disease or health concern. Additional revisions are still underway.
If a first time visitor, you are in for a rewarding experience. This website is maintained to serve as your reliable resource for vital Westie health and disease information. In order to accomplish this task, the content is kept current and in some areas ever changing to assure up to date research, health, and disease information. Please take time to tour the site using the drop down headers on the red banner of the home page. Of particular interest is the Westie Health section, which has current research projects, educational seminars and health resources. Be sure to check the Newsletters header for the current Foundation issues.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the How to Help section. In order to make a difference by conquering disease and health problems in all our Westies, it is urgent that each of us decide how to actively support his/her cause of choice. Please review and choose which of the numerous ways that you can make a difference. Each of the following ways is described under the How to Help header. The Donations, Wills, Bequests, Deferred Gifts, Shopping; and New Ways to Donate sections provide information to help you make a difference now and in the future for all Westies. Volunteerism is another important way to give. We value your support for together we can make a significant difference for Westies, their owners, breeders, fanciers, and veterinarians.
Communication and feedback are very important to us. Please feel free to contact us for any reason. It is our pleasure to serve you through our mission.
Bebe Pinter, President
Westie Foundation of America, Inc.
Looking for Info on a Specific Health Concern?
- Addison’s Disease
- Atopic Dermatitis (AD)
- Copper Toxicosis
- Craniomandibular Osteopathy (CMO)
- Dry Eye (KCS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Juvenile Cataracts
- Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS)
- Legg - Calvé - Perthes
- Lung Problems (IPF)
- Luxated Patella
- Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
- Skin Problems (AD)
- White Shaker Syndrome
Canine Health Information Center (CHIC)
Support health clearances for Westies by learning about the three recommended clearances and how to go about obtaining clearances for your dogs.
To get started, click here for instructions.
The following websites provide additional information on each recommended clearance:
- Orthopedic Foundation For Animals
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation
To view the Westie database as well as the approved breed specific test protocols visit the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) at CanineHealthInfo.org