Are you interested in acquiring a wheaten or just looking for more information about the breed? Talk to a breeder, talk to an owner, or talk to a fan. We are always happy to talk about our favorite topic .... Wheatens! If you are seriously in search of your very own Wheaten, talk to several breeders and find someone with whom you feel comfortable. Discuss each breeder's philosophy and determine your options regarding puppies, older dogs and upcoming litters. Let them know exactly why you chose a Wheaten and how you want it to fit into your life. It sounds simple enough, but don't be surprised if you have to wait a few months. It's well worth the wait.
SCWTCNC's Breeders List (below) includes members actively involved in breeding. All club members must abide by SCWTCNC's Constitution & By-Laws and Code of Ethics, as well as the American Kennel Club's guidelines for a Responsible Breeder. Since participation in the list is voluntary, we may have respected member-breeders who choose not to participate. Inclusion on the SCWTCNC Breeder List does not imply special status nor club endorsement. By helping people locate responsible breeders who have the breed's best interest at heart, we hope to prevent wheatens from showing up in pet stores and puppy mills.
Breeders often go outside their own kennel to find the best possible combination for a specific breeding. Responsible breeders ensure that any/all dogs used in their breeding program are healthy, happy dogs of sound temperament. All breeding stock have their eyes and hips certified. Complete blood tests and urinalysis are performed to ascertain that both dam and sire are in good health at the time of breeding.
- Hip Dysplasia. Not common in Wheatens, hip dysplasia is hereditary and can be avoided through careful breeding. X-rays are submitted to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for evaluation. Dogs showing no signs of hip dysplasia receive an OFA number and a rating of fair, good, or excellent.
- Eye Registry. Dogs used for breeding are examined by veterinary ophthalmologists to confirm the eyes are free from defect or disease. Results are submitted to the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) for certification.
A reputable breeder will be able to provide you with any and all details regarding the health, heritage and temperament of both the sire and dam. It is both the right and the responsibility of prospective owners to ask questions about both parents of any dog under consideration.
For more information, see the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America.