My name is Melisa Lopez, I live in North Platte, NE and I am a preservation hobby breeder of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, and Bouvier des Flandres. What is a preservation 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 or Bouviers. All of our litters are AKC registered and all of the puppies' parents are AKC conformation champions.
I have been involved with the Wheatens since 2001 when I purchased my first show dog. He was such a special dog and is the reason why I'm still involved with the breed today. Bouviers have been part of my life since living at home when we got one in 1998. He was a big boy and also my first dog I ever showed in an AKC conformation show. I did not breed my first litter of Wheatens until 2005 as breeding is not a priority for me. Our first litter of Bouviers was in 2002, and have only bred a handful of litters. 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! I am also a member in good standing of several breed clubs: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America, Rocky Mountain All Terrier Club, Greater Denver Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club, American Bouvier Des Flandres Club, & Rocky Mountain Bouvier Des Flandres Club.
So how do you know if a Wheaten or Bouvier is right for you? Please do research on the breeds. They do have health problems like almost every breed does. Wheatens 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 http://scwtca.org, this website discusses health, temperament, and anything else you need to know. Bouviers are a herding breed and need a job to keep their minds busy as they are a "thinking" breed and will outsmart you if given the chance. They also have a strong instinct to be protective, so they have to have rules from the time they come home and need to know who is boss or they will get out of control in a hurry, not to mention they will be 75-100 lbs as adults. Any further information can be found at http://www.bouvier.org, this will discuss anything else Bouvier you want to know.