Mixed Breed Wheatens & Designer Wheaten Mixes

POSITION STATEMENT • Issued by the Board (12/2021)

Let’s talk about “Designer Dogs.” They are created by people who cross a Wheaten with anything from a Labrador to a King Charles Spaniel under the guise of creating the “perfect” dog. They will claim to have created a new breed that is hypoallergenic, smarter, non-aggressive, calmer, and healthier. Both logic and genetics tell us this is not true.

For the thousands of dollars you may spend for such a dog, you will receive a crossbred animal with little or no health testing behind it, no predictability for its size, shape, coat characteristics or temperament.

Dogs used for “Designer-Dog” breeding programs tend to be of inferior quality. This is because no reputable Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier breeder will allow their carefully bred dogs to be used for such a breeding program. Reputable breeders will give you the health history of every dog in their 5-generation pedigree. They will give you DNA testing and hip and eye clearances. You will never get these things from a Designer-Dog breeder.

It’s important to understand that there is no such thing as a “perfect dog.” It is impossible for a puppy to acquire only the positive attributes of its parents. If this were the case, it would follow that it could just as easily acquire the worst of them. It will, at best, be a crapshoot. Trust the breeder that trusts purebred lineage. Be confident that your puppy will grow up to look and act like a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier!

We ask that you help us to preserve and protect the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier by not falling prey to the fallacy that a designer dog is an improvement not only on the Wheaten Terrier but on any pure-bred dog.

A quality puppy is worth the wait!

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Updated 02/17/2022