A quality breeder ...
- Will not deal with you through a middleman, a broker or a pet store.
- Sells directly to you and will not allow for resale through a third party.
- Is happy to show you the mother of the litter. Occasionally, however, a breeder may have a puppy from a bitch that he or she has bred and sold or one from a stud dog he or she owns, in which case the mother may not be present.
- Breeds only the best dogs. This is why most dogs in his or her breeding program are champions. A champion is a dog that has proven itself to be an outstanding specimen of the breed in both temperament and structure thereby worthy of being bred
- Has their breeding stock certified clear of hip dysplasia prior to breeding. Approved hip evaluation methods are the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) method and the PennHip method. OFA will issue permanent certification for dogs two years or older and preliminary certification for dogs under two years. PennHip can make evaluations as early as 4 months of age. Currently the OFA numbers of sire and dam appear on AKC registration applications. This breeder will provide copies of their dog's hip evaluation certificates, if requested.
- Can provide you with a CERF (Canine Eye Registry Foundation) certification number for both parents indicating that the eyes have been examined and are clear of any genetic defects. These eye exams must be done every year by a licensed, certified veterinary ophthalmologist. CERF numbers of the sire and dam may also appear on the AKC Dog Registration Application.
- Only sells puppies under contract, limiting their use for breeding by means of AKC Limited Registration, co-ownership, and/or spay/neuter agreements.
- Requires, as a condition of sale, that all animals not part of a responsible breeding program be spayed or neutered.
- Asks many questions about you and your lifestyle to determine if the Wheaten is a suitable pet for you. They will discuss the pros and cons of Wheaten ownership including grooming requirements, and will provide written material dealing with the needs and development of your pup.
- Is always available to help with questions or problems that arise. They are concerned about the future of the pups they breed. They also acknowledge responsibility for and stand behind every pup they produce for the life of the dog.
- Is concerned about the future of the breed and is a member of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America and/or a local Wheaten club. SCWTCA is dedicated to the protection and well being of the breed and all members have agreed to abide by its Code of Ethics.
- Is a hobby breeder who may have only one or two litters a year so you may have to wait for your puppy.
A quality puppy is worth the wait.