Membership Information

Why Join the West Highland White Terrier Club of America, the One Official National Club for Westies in the USA?

Protect the Westie breed.
Whether you have raised your Westie from a puppy or it joined you later in life, you know there is no other breed like a Westie. When you become a member of the WHWTCA, you will be joining the only organization in the USA whose function is to represent and protect our beloved breed. We set the standard that defines the West Highland White Terrier. All dog show judges use this guide as a standard of excellence for evaluating each Westie. We encourage and promote quality in the breeding of purebred Westies and do everything possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection. By joining us, you and your family will be helping to ensure that the Westie breed remains healthy and strong.

Stay informed.
Your WHWTCA membership will include a subscription to The Westie Imprint, our full-color, full-sized magazine, which provides current and historical information about our breed. You will also receive a subscription to Westie Updates, our monthly electronic newsletter filled with timely notices and planned activities.

Network with other members.
Membership allows you to network with others who also love the breed. It introduces you to people who have spent a lifetime working with and enjoying their Westies. Also, our mentoring program includes advising and guiding other members on Westie activities including training, grooming, puppy raising, Westie health, and showing in various dog sports.

Support and represent the Westie breed.
We encourage and promote the organization and events of independent regional Westie Clubs that meet American Kennel Club standards. We are the only body that represents the breed with the American Kennel Club. The WHWTCA has achieved a stellar national and international reputation. Westies of note are recognized at AKC National Conformation, Obedience, Rally and Agility invitationals and competitions hosted by The Kennel Club of England.

Please consider joining.
Your help is needed to protect and promote the Westie breed, stay informed, network and participate in mentorship, and support and represent the breed at local, national and international levels.

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All applicants must be sponsored by TWO members in good standing of The West Highland White Terrier Club of America (WHWTCA). Sponsors MUST be from two (2) separate households AND must have been members for one (1) year. Sponsors MUST personally know the applicant for at least six (6) months prior to application.

If you do not know two WHWTCA members in good standing to sponsor you, please do NOT submit an application. Please consider attending several dog shows and/or joining a Regional Westie club so that you may become familiar with a number of WHWTCA members, and they may become familiar with you. It may take a year or more to gain membership in the WHWTCA.

Nevertheless, we thank you for your interest, and we hope that you will consider a subscription to the Westie Imprint (the official publication of the WHWTCA) so that you may stay informed of WHWTCA news and activities.

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