My name is Melisa Lopez, I live in North Platte, NE and I am a hobby breeder of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers. What is a hobby breeder? We are an elite group of breeders that only breed to better the breed. We health test all of the adult dogs before they are ever bred, dogs are not bred before the age of 2 years, and we stand behind what we sell for the life of the dog. Our females are only bred once a year to once every other year. Any hobby breeder will tell you that we decide to bring puppies into this world, therefore we are responsible for them for the rest of their lives. Hobby breeders sell all of their pet puppies on a spay/neuter contract as we do not want the world populated with Wheatens. All of our litters are AKC registered and all of the puppies' parents are AKC comformation champions.
I have been involved with the Wheatens since 2001 when I purchased my first show dog. He is such a special dog and is the reason why I'm still involved with the breed today. I did not breed my first litter until 2005 as breeding is not a priority for me. My dogs are not just show dogs, they are my companions and my friends. They all run in the house together, sleep on my bed, and are just the love of my life! To date I have bred 7 litters, with at least one to two champions out of every litter. I am also a member in good standing of several breed clubs: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America, Rocky Mountain All Terrier Club, American Bouvier Des Flandres Club, & Rocky Mountain Bouvier Des Flandres Club.
So how do you know if a Wheaten is right for you? Please do research on the breed. They do have health problems like almost every breed does. They are a high energy dog for the first 4 years of their life, but even after that they still maintain a puppy like temperament for most of their lives, just better trained! They are a terrier, therefore can be stubborn and without training will rule your house. If patience is not in your dictionary, then a Wheaten is not right for you. Any further information can be found at scwtca.org, this website discusses health, temperament, and anything else you need to know.