• Hobby Breeders are those that breed for the love of the dog, without a
    thought to profit because we rarely make money on our dogs.

  • Hobby Breeders belong to their National Breed Club, for Wheatens that
    is the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America, www.scwtca.org

  • Hobby Breeders are typically involved in dog sports of some kind -
    conformation (dog shows), agility, obedience or field trials.

  • Hobby Breeders study pedigrees, looking for a dog that will add
    something to the offspring of the litter.

  • Hobby Breeders know the Breed Standard and select the stud and
    bitch with an eye towards physical correctness, sound bodies, genetic
    health and the ability to perform the task for which the breed was
    originally created.

  • Hobby Breeders will study which genetic problems are prevalent in
    their breed and test accordingly, often at great cost.

  • Hobby Breeders will require that the puppies that are not of breeding
    quality will be spayed or neutered at the appropriate time. These
    puppies will most likely be placed with limited registration, meaning
    that any offspring cannot be registered with the American Kennel Club.

  • Hobby breeders will typically not let puppies leave their home before
    the age of 8-10 weeks.

  • Hobby Breeders spend a tremendous amount of time socializing their
    puppies before they are placed so that they have a wonderful start in
    life.  This may even include Temperament Testing or Puppy Aptitude
    Testing so that the right puppy is matched to the right owner.

  • Hobby Breeders will make sure the puppies are exposed to strange
    noises, sights, people and smells. Many Hobby Breeders will follow the
    Rule of 7's.

  • Hobby Breeders leave the mother of the litter with the puppies to
    teach them proper manners and friends and family are brought in for
    the express purpose of socializing the litter with people.

  • Hobby Breeders keep shot records and family histories (complete with
    pictures) and other good advice in the form of a puppy manual are
    sent home with each and every puppy.

  • Hobby Breeders will question potential buyers, often asking for
    references and may contact your vet to see how previous pets have
    been cared for.

  • Hobby Breeders encourage you to ask questions and welcome you to
    their home to see how the puppies are being raised and how the adult
    dogs they have react with strangers and children.

  • Hobby Breeders will insist that you bring a puppy back to them, if you
    are unable to keep it - for any reason, during any stage of its life.

  • Hobby Breeders will encourage you to call with any problems, no
    matter how small or trivial they may seem. They are there to help - for
    the life of the puppy.

  • Hobby Breeders are committed to every dog they produce for life.

  • Hobby Breeders do not have a steady supply of puppies available.  You
    need to be prepared to wait for the right puppy for your family.

  • Hobby Breeders will not discuss price with you right off the bat, they
    will want to "qualify" you by asking some general questions.  Some
    Hobby Breeders may give you a price range which is not dependent on
    show quality versus pet quality.  You will be better off by not leading
    with the price question. Save the price question for last.

  • Hobby Breeders work to support their dogs and their non-working
    hours are devoted to caring for their dogs.  Please be considerate of
    the time zone in which they live when you call them.  If you get voice
    mail, leave a message but don't expect a call back.  Try again.  Be
    politely persistent.

  • Hobby Breeders do not place ads in the newspaper or dog
    magazines!!!  Stay clear of anyone who does either of these things!!

The best way to meet
local Reputable Hobby
Breeders is to attend
dog shows in your area.  
You can find a list of
upcoming dog shows by
going to the link below


Select your state and
breed - Soft Coated
Wheaten Terrier

This will give you a list of
upcoming dog shows to
Reputable Hobby Breeders