Mixed Breed Wheatens & Designer Wheaten Mixes

Wheaten mix dogs:

Many people who begin looking for a Wheaten have asked if a Wheaten mix is a healthier dog. This is actually not true. Please take the time to read our position statement on mixed breed Wheatens. Wheatens mixed with Poodles have become popular in recent years. Neither breed is a shedding dog and they both have characteristics unique to their breed. Both Poodles and Wheatens are both predisposed to Addison’s disease and breeding them together increases the genetic load for Addisions disease. Commercial DNA companies have now listed Whoodles as a being predisposed to Protein Losing Disease. Why?  Because the people who breed them do not understand the care that reputable SCWTCA breeders or Poodle breeders take in breeding dogs that lessen the risk of inheritable diseases.  Wheaten researchers scientifically proved that a Wheaten mix did not lessen the risk of Protein Losing Diseases (both PLE and PLN) nor food allergies and digestive issues. Please read more about what we learned from the colony dogs here.

Do your homework, go to both Club’s Breeders Directories when looking for a puppy and be patient. Both the Wheaten and the Poodle are excellent breeds but we do not condone the breeding of them together.

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 02/21/2024