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.