Hello, my name is Yvonne Jagers
When I was a child I always wanted a dog. After years of whining I got my first dog for my tenth birthday.
It was a cross between a dachshund and an Irish setter. He lived to be twelve years old.
I have always loved dogs, but I donít believe you should get a dog if you have a full-time job.
When I started working part-time and the children were old enough to help look after a dog,
and because I had a nice neighbour who also liked to look after a dog and to take it for walks
on the days when I was working, we decided to get a dog.
After having considered all the options, we decided on a West Highland White Terrier: a little dog with a great character.
In 1997 Max came to live with us. We even came back early from holiday, because we couldnít wait any longer!
I think that bringing up and training dogs is very important.
I started with a puppy class and then obedience courses A, B and C.
I was taught by an expert in canine behaviour and have learnt a great deal about how dogs behave.
I also enjoyed learning how to trim a Westie. I started by going to a few lessons in trimming given by the Dutch West Highland White Terrier Club, and was then taught by Gerda van Stuivenberg and Wil van Maanen. Now I trim my own dogs and a couple of other Westies and Scotties. We all had so much pleasure from Max that we thought it would be very nice to get another Westie as well, and in 1988 we got a bitch: Whitney.
In the beginning I did not intend to start breeding, but it seemed to me a very nice idea to let Whitney have a litter. At the same time I applied for my kennel name. In 2001 I had my first litter of Westies with her. In the spring of 2002 Jill came to live with us and had three litters of beautiful puppies. Her daughter ZoŽ, from her first litter in 2003, stayed with us.
In the meantime we also met Gerda's Scottish Terriers, and this breed has also stolen our hearts. On 17 February 2004 we could take Megan home with us and on 27 September 2007 she had four splendid puppies. One of these was her daughter Cailin who has stayed with us. Megan and Cailin both belong to Gerda, but I am the co-owner.
I have great pleasure in breeding the occasional litter of West Highland White Terrier puppies.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my husband Jos, because this would not be possible without his efforts,
and I would also like to thank Gerda for her help and support.
I think it is important that the puppies should meet the breed standard,
but of course the most important thing is their health and an open and cheerful character!
Our dogs are tested and free from cataract and PRA.
The puppies are brought up in the home and we let them get as many impressions of the outside world as possible for optimum socialization. For example, we take them to the market and a school playground, we let them get used to traffic, and we let them get to know cats, rabbits, sheep, cows, horses, ducks and much more.
Our dogs live cosily in the house with us and always go with us on holiday.