Who am I?
- I am passionate about Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
- I am a professional dog groomer and trainer.
- I have owned Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers for over 27 years.
- My first wheaten terrier was one of the first licensed therapy dogs in Toronto
- I only produce 1 – 2 litters of puppies per year.
- My dogs live with me and are my pets.
- My dogs are in top health condition and have great temperaments. Priority for breeding Anloch’s wheaten terriers is good health, great temperament and good looks.
- My puppies are lovingly home raised in a smoke-free environment.
- Anloch’sregistered puppies are well socialized before leaving my home.
- I am a member of the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) and the GBKOC ( Grey Bruce Kennel and Obedience Club)
Who I am not!
I am not a mass producer of puppies
I am not a puppy broker and do not sell to pet shops
I am not a breeder of multiple breeds
I do not own large numbers of dogs
I do not keep my dogs in an outside kennel building
I do not sell my puppies before they are 8 weeks old
What about tail docking?
The controversy of tail docking
Today, the practice is more a tradition than a health consideration. In fact, dog registries in Europe and some Canadian provinces forbid tail docking. Historically Wheaten Terrier tails were docked for several reasons including aesthetics. For many years a docked tail was part of the breed standard of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and was required to be it docked in order to enter conformation shows.
I have chosen not to dock my puppies tails for the following reasons:
It is not required by the breed standard
I do not want to cause any trauma to the puppy or mom
A Wheaten with a naturally long tail is just as happy as the docked one
It is an archaic and unnecessary practice
Why is it important to me to raise my puppies in a smoke-free environment?
There are a few studies on the effect of smoke on animals however, one can safely assume that second-hand and third-hand will have the same consequences on pets as it has on humans.
When Wheaten Terriers are born, they weigh about 8-12oz. their eyes and ears are closed until they are 10-14 days old. They spend most of their time with mom in a whelping box, a space that can range in size and shape. The one thing all whelping boxes have in common is, they are always on floor level.
Most breeders of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (SCWT) strive towards raising healthy puppies and provide all sorts of health tests from DNA, hip x-rays, urinalysis, eye exam to blood tests. Most of these tests are designed to show if there are any hereditary health concerns. However healthy the parents are, even if their offspring spends just the first 8 weeks of their lives surrounded by second and third-hand smoke, it can have a negative effect on the puppy’s life.
When any of my puppies start their new life with a new family, I can comfortably say that I have done all I can to provide the best start in the puppy’s life. I encourage any owner who is a smoker to try to keep the smoke away from their pet.
Below is some information about the effects of smoke on your pets published by the FDA.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Second-hand (and Third-Hand) Smoke May Be Making Your Pet Sick
If you’re a smoker, you probably realize the dangers smoking may pose to your health. But have you ever thought about how the habit affects your pet? According to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) veterinarian Carmela Stamper, D.V. M., the news is not good.
“Smoking’s not only harmful to people; it’s harmful to pets, too,” Stamper says. “If 58 million non-smoking adults and children are exposed to tobacco smoke, imagine how many pets are exposed at the same time.”
What’s Lingering on Your Rug, Furniture, and Clothes?
Both second-hand smoke (which lingers in the air your animal breathes in) and third-hand smoke hurt pets. What’s third-hand smoke? It’s residue (harmful compounds that are left behind, such as nicotine) that can get on skin and clothes, as well as furniture, carpets, and other things where a smoker lives.
“Like children, dogs and cats spend a lot of time on or near the floor, where tobacco smoke residue concentrates in house dust, carpets and rugs. Then, it gets on their fur,” Stamper explains. “Dogs, cats and children not only breathe these harmful substances in, but pets can also ingest them by licking their owner’s hair, skin, and clothes.”
And of course, if your dog or cat grooms itself or another animal, he’s ingesting the residues as well, Stamper says.
Facts That May Surprise You About Pets and Smoking
Did you know …
- how tobacco smoke affects a dog depends on the length of the dog’s nose?
- that certain dog breeds are at increased risk of nose or lung cancer?
What can smoking do to my pets?
Scientists are investigating the effects of tobacco smoke on pets, but the amount of information available is small compared to the amount available about the effects of smoking in people. Still, the information we do have is important and sheds some light on what happens to pets exposed to second-hand and third-hand smoke.
What can smoking do to my dog?
For dogs that already have breathing or lung issues, inhaling tobacco smoke can worsen their symptoms and chronic coughing.22
Dogs can develop changes in their airways and lungs that are similar to those found in people who smoke. Ultra-fine smoke particles can activate the immune system of people. A type of white blood cell in the lungs involved in this immune response is called an alveolar macrophage.23 Alveolar macrophages watch what comes into the lungs, and if they detect something abnormal, they phagocytize, or “eat,” it to get rid of it.
Alveolar macrophages, special kind of cells normally found in the lungs, are the lungs’ front line against infections. They recognize invading bacteria, fungi, or viruses and send out help signals to other cells in the immune system telling them to join the fight.24 Alveolar macrophages also act as mini-housekeepers because they get rid of dead or dying tissue and other harmful things, like particles of tobacco smoke, dust, or plant pollen.25 When harmful things get into the lungs, more alveolar macrophages are recruited to roam around, look for, find, and get rid of them. People who smoke, therefore, have an increased number of alveolar macrophages because their bodies are trying to get rid of all the tobacco smoke particles in their lungs. Dogs exposed to tobacco smoke also have an increased number of alveolar macrophages—some of which contain black smoke particles—likely for the same reason.26
How tobacco smoke affects a dog depends on the length of the dog’s nose. Why? Because noses are big air filters. Have you ever dusted a dirty room and then had to blow your nose? Chances are you had black-looking yuck on your tissue afterwards. The hair and mucus in your nose and the mucus in your sinuses act like glue traps. They trap particles like dust, pollen, and tobacco smoke, and keep them out of your lungs. Bigger noses, therefore, will trap more particles. This holds true, especially in dogs.
Long-nosed dog breeds like Greyhounds, Borzois, and Doberman Pinschers that are exposed to tobacco smoke have a doubled risk of nose cancer.27 Their noses filter out a lot of inhaled tobacco smoke particles, which stay trapped in their noses so less get into their lungs. Unfortunately, this puts the tissues inside the nose and sinuses in contact with a lot of toxic, cancer-causing particles, leading to the increased risk of nose cancer.
Short- and Medium-nosed breeds, like Pugs, Bulldogs, Beagles, and Brittany Spaniels, have a higher risk of lung cancer. Why? Because their noses are much shorter, fewer tobacco smoke particles get filtered out and more go directly into the lungs.28 Those ultra-fine particles like to go deep into the lungs, leading to the increased risk of lung cancer.