Now that you understand the need to buy a puppy from a reputable hobby breeder, what do you do? Since it’s probably your first time doing so, here are some tips on what to expect from Wheaten breeders you contact:
Real People, Real Lives
First and foremost, breeding Wheatens is a hobby for us. Quality breeders participate in many dog-related activities such as dog clubs, shows, obedience and agility trials and educational events. Most of us also have jobs, families, and, yes, other interests. They don’t have a staff to help them — and expenses mount far quicker than puppy income. This sometimes comes as a surprise to people. When looking for puppy, don’t forget what time zone you’re calling, and try hard not to interrupt a breeder’s dinner or sleep. Have a bit of patience when that email or voicemail aren’t responded to as quickly as you want. If you’re asked to contact them at a better time, understand that breeders have to juggle things just like you do. Check the Breeders List for preferred contact methods and you’ll have a more productive experience.
Every SCWTCA member is bound by the club’s Code of Ethics. You should expect that they live up to it, without any excuses. You should expect that financial matters are handled carefully, and that terms of deposits and payments are clear. You should expect that any referral they give you to another breeder is to another reputable breeder.