Code of Ethics
This is the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Greater Tampa Bay's Code of Ethics:
As a member of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Greater Tampa Bay, I:
- Consider the welfare and refrain from actions contrary to the best interests of the breed or Club.
- Give my dogs an appropriate physical and social environment, including but not limited to veterinarian supervised health care, good nutrition, and regular exercise and grooming.
- Am in good standing with the American Kennel Club (AKC). I accept and support the Constitution and Bylaws of the SCWTCGTB.
- Demonstrate courtesy and fairness when participating in all canine activities.
- Am responsible for the behavior of my dogs, so they reflect the best possible image of the Wheaten.
- Promote responsible dog ownership.
- Help educate the public by providing current and accurate resources and information on the breed characteristics, general well being, grooming, health and training of Wheatens.
- Agree to be open and honest in all matters regarding my Wheatens and the breed in general.
- Advertise factually and honestly about Wheatens.
- Belong to the Open Registry.
- Understand that violation of this COE can subject me to the disciplinary process provided by the SCWTCGTB Constitution and Bylaws.
Breeding Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
As a breeder of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, I:
- Only breed dogs whose progeny are eligible for AKC registration.
- Breed for the characteristics set forth in the Official Standard of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier ("The Standard").
- Use only breeding stock
- With sound temperament
- In good health
- With no known hereditary or congenital diseases and
- Test free of parasites and communicable diseases.
- Breed only mature dogs and bitches
- I only breed bitches who are 18 months of age or older. If I breed a bitch on two successive seasons or twice within 12 months, I do not breed her during her next two seasons or 12 month period.
- I only breed dogs who are 18 months of age or older.
- Do not breed any individual dog or bitch excessively.
- Am knowledgeable about the genetic diseases affecting Wheatens and work to manage those and other diseases.
- My breeding stock over two years of age is OFA certified for hips or meets the average mean for SCWT using PennHIP. Any breeding stock under two years of age is OFA Preliminary evaluated for hips or meets the average mean for SCWT using PennHIP.
- My breeding stocks eyes are examined by a Board certified ophthalmologist prior to the first breeding and a minimum of every two years thereafter while being bred or until age 10, whichever is later; dogs whose semen has been frozen are tested for life or until frozen semen is no longer stored.
- My breeding stock undergoes blood and urine testing, including blood chemistry panel, CBC, urinalysis and urine protein/creatinine ration before the first breeding and at least annually thereafter.
- I keep accurate health records on my breeding stock.
- Use a written stud dog contract for each breeding.
- Participate in conformation events held by AKC-recognized clubs as one means to evaluate breeding stock.
- Mentor those with whom I place breeding stock.
Placing Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
As an owner, breeder, or member who places Wheatens in new homes, I:
- Make careful placements of all Wheatens I have bred, acquired or rescued and assist in any necessary re-homing.
- Neither place Wheatens with nor provide stud dog services to:
- Pet dealers
- Individuals conducting raffles, contests, auctions, or other types of giveaways, or,
- Anyone unethical in their dealings with the public or their dealings with or treatment of purebred dogs.
- Only place Wheatens who are in good health, of sound temperament, and in good condition at the time of delivery. I attest they are free of internal parasites and are protected against disease according to current veterinary practice.
- Require that:
- Non breeding dogs be spayed or neutered.
- Owners advise me of any health problems, physical abnormalities, and/or death of the dog, and,
- Owners advise me of their intent to place or give up the dog.
- Provide new owners at the time of placement with
- AKC or Canadian Kennel Club registration transfer, or application form; for non-breeding dogs I provide for either limited or non-breeding registrations or withhold registration papers until proof of spaying or neutering has been received.
- An accurate 4-generation pedigree
- Complete medical records
- Complete written instructions on feeding, health care, training and grooming, and
- A written contract or bill of sale.
- Support new owners with advice, resources, and information.
Competing with Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
As an owner or handler of a Wheaten at any dog event, I:
- Am responsible for the dog's well being, conduct and appearance.
- Compete with dogs that reflect the best possible image of the Wheaten.
- In conformation events, my dogs conform as closely as possible to the breed Standard as approved in the country of exhibition.
- In companion dog events, my dogs are neat, clean and in appropriate condition for their sport.
- Conduct myself in a professional and sportsmanlike manner at dog events and at public facilities supporting those events, reflecting the best possible image of participants in the sport of purebred dogs.
- Assist newcomers interested in learning about or participating in events.
ADDENDUM - approved 8/8/13
The mission of the SCWTCGTB is to support the betterment of the breed. The Club Constitution requires the Board of Directors to make decisions on suspension and expulsion of members who engage in actions contrary to the best interest of the breed or Club. Over the past year we have had a few situations where members of the club have allegedly taken actions that the Board considers contrary to the best interest of the breed and Club. Some such actions including procuring a wheaten from a backyard breeder, breeding a wheaten without following the strict age and health testing requirements as set out in the Club’s Code of Ethics and actively promoting procuring wheatens from a backyard breeder. It is the Club’s responsibility to educate its members and it is possible that the members weren’t aware that these actions are the type of things that are not in the best interest of the breed. The Code of Ethics contains separate and additional requirements for members that are breeders. Anyone who owns a wheaten that is either the dam or sire of a litter is a breeder. There are no exceptions for wheaten owners who decide just to have a single litter. In order to assist members to avoid actions contrary to the best interest of the breed or Club the Board of Directors wishes to define certain behavior that we consider contrary to the best interest of the breed or the Club. This list is in addition to the specific items listed in the Code of Ethics. Many of our members obtained their wheatens from puppy mills and backyard breeders before joining the Club. In order to become members of the Club we each agree to abide by the code of ethics. We are an AKC specialty breed Club and need to remain focused on our mission to protect the breed. We wish to emphasis that in no event shall a member who obtains a wheaten from SCWTCGTB rescue or any other recognized animal shelter or rescue group be considered to be acting contrary to the interests of the breed or Club.
1. Any member who AFTER joining SCWTCGTB obtains a wheaten from a back yard breeder or pet store shall be deemed to be acting contrary to the best interest of the breed and the Club. Back yard breeder shall be defined as any breeder who fails to strictly adhere to the breeding requirements set forth in the Code of Ethics and/or refuses to provide proof that all required health testing has been completed.
2. Any member who breeds a wheaten that is not either a Champion in another Country or actively participating in AKC conformation with a minimum of 10 points and one major win shall be deemed to be acting contrary to the best interests of the breed and Club.
3. Any member that advocates procuring wheatens from pet stores or a back yard breeder by any means including advertising that their wheaten was obtained from a backyard breeder or pet store, shall be deemed to be acting contrary to the best interest of the breed or Club.
4. Any member who owns a wheaten that is bred without strictly adhering to the requirements set forth in the Code of Ethics shall be deemed to be acting contrary to the best interest of the breed or Club.