Before you begin your search, it is of the utmost importance to fully understand the Westie and what to look for before making any commitment. High-Quality Westies will always look sharp and clean, not ratty and unkempt. Their ears will not appear too large for their head, their nose should be relatively short, tails should not curve over the back to any extent, and they should seem to be compactly structured exhibiting healthy bones. Reputable breeders are always happy to give as much information as needed to make you assured and comfortable. Having A.K.C. reg does not guarantee quality. Some things to consider in regards to quality breeder are responsible breeding practices, great canine temperament, thick coats, good pigmentation, healthy bloodlines, and then, A.K.C. reg. are what makes a good canine family member. Think about this regarding Pet Shops: If they are selling a puppy for $500.00, you can assume the Shop paid around $200.00 to $250.00 for it. No reputable breeder would sell a quality $1000.00 to $1500.00 puppy for that price. It’s only poor quality “Puppy Mill” pups that turn up in pet shops.