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website updated 06/26/2016
If you are contacting us for the first time, please use the Contact Form on the PRICING/CONTACT page to inquire on availability first. The APPLICATION page was added for our families that have already placed a deposit to help us get to know them better. It will help us when we start matching up puppies with families.
06-26-16: We have now received deposits towards all the puppies in CJ's litter. We are expecting one or two girls to come in sometime between now and a couple of months from now. We have already received a deposit towards the next litter we breed.
06-20-16: We now only have one boy available from CJ's litter. Jordan will be the next litter available and we have already received 4 deposits towards her litter, two girls, one boy, and one either gender. We don't feel comfortable guaranteeing any more puppies in this litter at this time.
06-19-16: Thank you for all of our recent inquiries on our new puppies. We only have one boy and one girl left available in CJ's litter. We normally have deposits on most if not all puppies by the time they are born. CJ only bred once during her season, we weren't sure if she was pregnant, and once we could tell, chose to limit deposits in case she only had 3 or 4. So at this time, we still have two left to adopt.
06-11-16: CJ had her puppies yesterday afternoon! She gave us 7 beautiful puppies - 2 boys and 5 girls! Great job CJ! They are posted on the NEWEST PUPPIES page.
06-01-16: I've divided our dogs down and made 2 new pages - OUR GALS and OUR GUYS under the OUR WHEATENS heading. I also got the 2 most recent girls we kept from Josie, Remi & Shooter, added to Our Gals. Check 'em out! Gorgeous eye candy!
05-24-16: All of Josie's puppies are now spoken for. We have also now finished breeding Jordan. CJ is starting to really show her pregnancy and is due in about 2½ weeks. We are still accepting deposits for a couple more boys in these upcoming litters.
05-20-16: I finally got the Families Pages updated. LOTS of new pictures and emails!!! Thank you to all of our wonderful families for providing us with the updates! This is the reason we do what we do!!!
05-13-16: JOSIE had her puppies today!!!! They weren't due until the 18th, but they're here 5 days early, so it was a lucky Friday the 13th for us! BIG litter - 5 Boys and 3 Girls. Pictures on the NEWEST PUPPIES page.
05-13-16: We started breeding Jordan today for her cycle. Her puppies should be due around July 15. We have a couple of boy deposit spots available for this litter.
04-09-16: We bred CJ today, her puppies will be due around June 11. We only got one breeding on her this cycle, so we don't know if she will settle. We'll see around 5 weeks.
04-12-16: Had a surprise AKC inspection today. We received wonderful compliments again.
04-26-15: We just had our surprise annual Iowa State Dept of Agriculture & Land Stewardship (IDALS) license kennel inspection April 22, 2015. We passed with flying colors and high compliments again!
Welcome to Westwind Wheatens. My name is Sherry Akers. My husband Steve and I are small breeders devoted to raising healthy, happy, social AKC Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers. We are licensed and inspected by Iowa State as well as AKC, and Veterinarian inspected annually. We have received high praise from all on our facilities and care of our dogs. We do this for the love of the breed. After meeting our first Wheaten Terrier many, many years ago, we were instantly hooked. We have now been Wheaten owners since the late 90's, breeders since 2010. We are totally addicted to the breed. For us, there is none better. We have never met a dog so loving and jovial. There is absolutely nothing like coming home daily to receive the "Wheaten Greetin" - as any Wheaten owner can attest to. We want to help other families discover that special kind of joy that we believe only a Wheaten can bring into your life.
We have many very happy extended Wheaten family members that send us so many fabulous emails and pictures that I just have to share. A good portion of our families are from a long enough distance they don't have the ability to drive in to meet and pick out a puppy in advance of them going home, so it's good to see what past customers are saying. To view these "testimonials", go to the NEW FAMILIES pages section. The oldest are on page 1 continuing on up to the newest. This is the reason we raise Wheaten Terriers!
We raised all the beautiful puppies in the slide show above
Our Wheaten family members are WYATT Earp ~ Matt DYLAN ~ JOSIE Wales ~ JESSIE James ~ CJ Calamity Jane ~ ANNIE ~ OAKLEY ~ KENZI ~ JORDAN ~ DARCY and our newest family additions REMI (Lady Remington) & SHOOTER (Miss Winchester).
Thanks to all of you for the wonderful compliments on our puppies and facilities. We strive for the happiness of our dogs and puppies.
These photos were taken July 2014 showing our beautiful kennel we built (yes, we personally built - not hired done) in 2010 for our dogs. It is all about their comfort, being heated ad air-conditioned, with stereo and cable TV, as well as security cameras we can monitor when in the house. Summer 2015 we added a roof over the outside runs. Previously we had a beautiful Mulberry tree that provided wonderful shade.... as well as LOTS of mulberries! Needless to say, our gorgeous light color Wheatens would come in from play time looking like purple polka dot Dalmatians! Now they can go out even if it's raining instead of being inside.
Watch the slide show below to take a "walk" through the dogs' living quarters. As you can see, this is a normal quiet day in the kennel. Everybody's relaxing and watching TV since it's winter and too cold to go outside to play. The smaller empty pens are for the puppies during their final week with us. This is where they are divided first into groups of three to four for a few days and then down to pairs to be away from Mom and to begin their transition to going home by themselves. We feel it makes it a bit easier than just suddenly removing them from mom and siblings all at once and taking them to a new environment. They are handled and played with continually, get to go outside in the grass when the weather allows, learn all kinds of sounds from the TV and stereo. When the puppies are in the pens, we leave the top lids open so it's like a little playpen. We put little storage bins with a door cut out of the front (you can see the blue ones on top of the tub in the Lab room) to give them a little house. They LOVE them! It helps them transition over to a kennel because they feel safe and secure there. It's their own little den.
The pictures below show the "Meet & Greet" room we built in the main kennel Spring 2014 as well. It allows families to see the dogs and puppies and meet them one on one while not disrupting the entire kennel. It's safer all around for our puppies and that is our main concern. It's our second home and where we practically live during puppy birthing season!
We are continually trying to make improvements to make the dogs happy and their facilities nicer. In 2013 we added another kennel area for newly weaned moms and one of our males. We also made a giant 100' x 100' fenced in area so we can let them out to run and play together and boy do they have fun!
The Wheaten Terrier is an extremely intelligent breed. They are excellent family dogs, they love children, and they LOVE to play! They retain their "puppy joviality" throughout their lives. Their tails are almost always wagging, sometimes involving a whole body wag! ;-D They make great apartment dogs as long as they are given enough exercise. Just a few years ago they were rated the #1 apartment dog in New York. They love “their” people and just love to be with them. They actually become very in tune with your feelings and moods.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is often referred to as hypo-allergenic. They have a single soft coat of hair, rather than fur. When people are allergic to dogs, it is typically the dander they are allergic to. The Wheaten's hair doesn't collect dander the way normal furred dogs do, thus making them a better choice for those people who suffer from allergies. They are also non-shedding, which is FABULOUS for a house dog (we used to have English Springer Spaniels in the house and they shed ALOT even with the brushing). But if you choose to leave their hair long, they will require brushing every few days to keep their hair mat free. We like to clip ours to expose their beautiful expressive intelligent eyes. They are beautiful either way!
They are born dark reddish brown to black and gradually lighten with age. They look like little teddy bears during a lot of their puppy stage. Some have darker points in the beard and ears, others have hardly any dark left on them when full grown. You can see several pictures on our website of a few of our Wheatens as puppies and adults, with their long hair and after we have them clipped. They are a nice sized dog standing between 18 to 22 inches tall and weighing between 30 to 45 pounds at maturity. A beautiful dog to look at, and yet sturdy enough for the kids to play with! (And boy, do they love to play!!) A great all around combination!
We are located in southwest Iowa in Red Oak, just 45 minutes east of Omaha, Nebraska. Feel free to contact us and let us know of your interest. We'd love to help you attain your new puppy/family member!
WE STRIVE FOR QUALITY - NOT QUANTITY
OUR DOGS ARE OUR FAMILY MEMBERS
AND CARED FOR BY US - NOT HIRED HELP
OUR DOGS ARE OUR FAMILY MEMBERS
AND CARED FOR BY US - NOT HIRED HELP
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