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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Is The West Acres a puppy mill???
    A: Nope! Our whole family has westies, but we only have four (one male and three females). We pride ourselves in being responsible breeders who not only take great care of our pets' health but provide them a loving, happy lifestyle.
  • Q: What are your adoption fees?
    A: Our fees are the same for M & F and can be found on our PUPPIES page! This price is before shipping costs, which are detailed below!
  • Q: What are your requirements for new owners?
    A: We prefer to send puppies to homes where the new owners have previous experience with pets, preferably dogs, and have ample space in their home and/or neighborhood for the puppies to play after they've grown. If you have no prior pet experience but are willing to learn, we are happy to help you out with a few tips and tricks to get started on the right foot. Raising a puppy is a large but equally rewarding responsibility!
  • Q: How would my puppy be delivered?
    A: Here are our three delivery methods: 1. Meet Us! ( $200 max ): If you are in or able to come to the area we would be happy to meet you in a convenient location for both of us within two hours of our home, max, including MCI Airport in Kansas City ($200), and DSM in Des Moines ($200)! This fee is to cover our time and travel to and from the destination. We always enjoy meeting the new owners in person as well! 2. Flight Nanny ( $950 - $1350 ), typically on weekdays, and availability can vary : We do occasionally fly puppies to destinations across the US using a flight nanny service. We have utilized a pet flight professional for over 20 years who puts together an anxiety-free itinerary for your puppy to travel, and they can meet you right at your local airport! The puppies travel with the flight nanny in-cabin either in their lap or under the seat in front of them! (this service is heavily dependent on the schedule of the flight nanny.) 3. White-Glove Delivery ( $1500 - $2000 ), flexible days of the week with varying availability : This delivery service brings your puppy directly to you, typically by commercial airline, escorted personally by one of us from The West Acres! The puppies travel with us in-cabin either in our lap or under the seat in front of us, always nearby and close to someone they know! This is a great way for your puppy to travel 100% stress-free and also a great chance to meet us in person. It's as simple as picking up a loved one from the airport, and being located in the Midwest, our flight times are minimal to almost everywhere! The delivery fee covers all delivery expenses, including health papers, your travel kennel, pet-in-cabin tickets, and much more. This service offers, but is not limited to personal delivery of your puppy to an airport near you or even a specific address.
  • Q: Do you offer a health guarantee?
    A: Yes! Please click here for more details!
  • Q: Do your westies have skin allergies or other known health issues?
    A: Nope! We have spent 30 years selectively breeding our pets to have no skin allergies or known genetic issues. This takes a lot of long-term work and planning but we've made every effort we can to make sure our bloodlines are healthy, happy, and bright!
  • Q: How much do Westies weigh?​
    A: Our Westies are anywhere between 13 lbs and 19 lbs., so that is a good gauge for our puppies as adults! This can vary depending on whether they're male or female and also their parents!
  • Q: Can I pick up my puppy in person if I come to you?
    A: Yes! If you are in or able to come to the area we would be happy to meet you in a convenient location within two hours of our home, including MCI Airport in Kansas City or DSM in Des Moines! This fee is a $200 maximum. We always enjoy meeting the new owners in person as well!
  • Q: Can you hold my puppy for longer than 8 weeks?
    A: Yes, we can! We are aware that everyone has their own unique schedule and we are willing to coordinate ours with yours as much as possible! Let us know your constraints and we'll see what we can make work!
  • Q: What food should I feed my puppy?
    A: We've been feeding your puppy Purina Pro Plan High Protein Puppy Food DHA Lamb & Rice Formula. This is by no means the only option, however, if you do choose to change food it's typically best to change what your puppy eats slowly over time rather than changing the food in one sitting.
  • Q: Do your puppies have registered pedigrees?
    A: Yes! All of our puppies are registered through America's Pet Registry, Inc. (APRI) only. These pedigrees can be traced back to seemingly endless generations. We have carefully developed our bloodlines over the years through quality breeding practices, and we are very proud of the bloodlines we have today!
  • Q: Will my puppy have any training when it arrives?
    A: Yes! The pups always have access to an outside area they can venture into as they start to become more ambitious!. By 8 weeks, they'll have the very basics of crate training and will know not to go to the bathroom in the areas they eat/sleep, but may not be able to differentiate the actual outdoors from being in the rest of the house for a while.
  • Q: How much does it cost to reserve a puppy?
    A: We charge a $600, nonrefundable deposit to reserve a puppy for you. This amount will be credited toward your total due! This deposit is made via PayPal, and guarantees that your puppy will be held under your name until you are able to pick him/her up! If you are interested in taking this step, please contact us at the information provided below!
  • Q: Are there any "The West Acres Reviews" that I could read?
    A: Yes! Check them out on our home page or on our Facebook Page! We also encourage potential families to feel free to reach out to the families we've placed puppies with before. The best way to do this is to visit our Instagram and search through our posts to find them!
  • Q: What toys, supplies, or other things do you recommend for a new puppy?
    A: We have a whole list! Check it out HERE.
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