Arizona's Only AKC Sanctioned Westie Club

Please join us for our Annual Specialty Show, Saturday February 2nd-6th 2017.  Please visit our Annual Specialty Show Page for more information.
Who Are We?

Greetings and welcome to the Valley of the Sun West Highland White Terrier Club's official website. We are Westie lovers and Arizona's only AKC sanctioned Westie Club. Although our Club's events typically center in the Phoenix metropolitan area, we have and welcome members from all over Arizona as well as other states. Our Club is a great place to meet and socialize with other Westie owners as well as learn more about the breed and AKC activities involving Westies. Interested in finding out what we are all about? Please visit our Membership and Events pages for more information or contact our Membership Chairman. We hope you'll join us for our next upcoming event!


Our History

In 1977, six Westie enthusiasts, Hal & Maura Heubel, Ray & Deanna Schuster and Stephen & Janet Mahrley, met and decided that there must be enough spirit and interest to merit a Westie club and indeed there was! The Valley of the Sun West Highland White Terrier Club held their first meeting on September 20, 1977 with 20 guests in attendance. Much hard work and dedication over the years to follow led to the Club's first A-OA AKC Sanctioned Match on October 22, 1995 and the Club's first AKC Sanctioned Independent Specialty Show and Obedience Trial on November 22, 1996. And the rest they say...is history!

Our Objectives

As stated in the VSWHWTC's Constitution, the objectives of the Club shall be: 

  • To encourage and promote quality in the breeding of pure-bred West Highland White Terriers and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection
  • To urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by The American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which West Highland White Terriers shall be judged
  • To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows, obedience trials, rally trials, tracking tests, earthdog tests agility trials an working terrier trials
  • To conduct matches, specialty shows, obedience trials, rally trials, tracking tests, earthdog tests, agility trials, and other events under the Rules and Regulations of the American Kennel Club
  • To encourage all members to abide by the Valley of the Sun West Highland White Terrier Club Code of Ethics as a guideline for responsible ownership
  • To bring fanciers of the Breed together in friendly counsel
  • To encourage the training of judges

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