Welcome; meet "ROCKY"... my name is Helen Fraguela (aka Ronnie), I am an exhibitor and breeder of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (SCWT) since 1975, Originally as HoneyGlo, now Moonstruck Wheatens.
As a retired executive with a large Biomedical company, I continue to be a private hobby breeder in South Florida, NOT a kennel, puppy mill or “backyard” breeder. Wheaten Terriers are my only breed, and I am deeply committed to their protection and preservation.
I developed this website to communicate about myself, my dogs, and to educate the prospective Wheaten buyer...please click on the red links to learn as muh as possible about the SCWT.
Because of my dedication to this breed and conscientious breeding practices, I have been designated a "Breeder of Merit" by The American Kennel Club (AKC).
With the overpopulation of dogs in the U.S. (approx. 4-5 million animals are euthanized each yr) there is only one responsible reason for breeding...to improve the breed. My goal is to produce healthy, well socialized Wheaten Terriers that positively contribute to the breed and conform to the AKC standard.
Our first (1974) Wheaten Terrier, Scruffy, was an Irish coated pet. He was, without exception, the silliest, funniest, and most endearing dog. We fell in love with.this breed, and
I was inspired to get involved in the dog sport. It took a while to find a "show" puppy from a good breeder, they had only been recognized by the AKC in 1973. The day I brought Melanie home (soon to become CH Holly Glen's Mistress Melanie), was the start of my "labor of love".
If you are looking to add a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier to your family...please do your homework!
Because of the wonderful temperament and desirable characteristics of this breed, they are extremely popular. Now many Puppy mills (99% of all pet store puppies come from Puppy mills) and backyard breeders exploit that, breeding for profit only.
Many of these puppy mill and backyard bred pups end up in shelters due to troublesome temperaments, or suffer serious health problems (ranging from chronic skin allergies to kidney disease) that are expensive to manage and sometimes fatal. "Cost of ownership" for a poorly bred Wheaten can be exorbitant...far outweighing the initial cost of a "quality" Wheaten from a reputable breeder.
A breeder who also shows their dogs, is your best resource for a quality puppy. They are devoted to breeding healthy, high quality dogs that accurately represent breed type and that wonderful Wheaten temperament.
I currently have 2 Champion females, Belle and Flirt, and 2 new additions: Treasure and Jewel (see them under "Meet Our Dogs"), who are also my beloved pets. In addition I co-own several other dogs that I have bred and live close by ... I breed 1 litter a year on average, so I only have pups available occasionally. When I do not have pups available, I can refer to other responsible breeders in Florida that I know personally.
Each breeding is carefully researched and planned to select dogs that compliment one another in every way possible. In some cases, when the best combination (for quality, temperament, and health) means using a stud dog across the Country, we breed via shipped semen and use artificial insemination. Selecting the best mate is not based on what's most convenient or less costly, rather, what's right for my breeding program. My dogs and pups are kept and raised in my home.
In each litter there are pet quality as well as show potential youngsters. I live in South Florida, and I DO NOT SHIP PUPPIES. All pups are sold with contractual agreements. Pet quality pups are to be neutered to ensure the quality of this breed is protected. Show pups have other special contractual requirements.
Every puppy I breed, I consider my responsibility throughout it's life. Maintaining contact with my puppy families is very important to me to ensure owners and pups are doing well, and to follow the progress and development of my lines.
Renal (kidney) disease, PLN, PLE, and RD in the SCWT
are a deep concern to me as a breeder. Thus my breedings are thoughtfully planned and evaluated as we strive to avoid these health issues. Many concerned breeders have brought some European/Irish lines into pedigrees to help broaden our gene pool.
Because of potential health problems, it is very important that any Wheaten is purchased ONLY through a reputable and well educated breeder, a member of the Soft Coated Wheaten terrier Club of america (www.scwtca.org) and participates in the OPEN REGISTRY (an extensive data base that lists Wheatens who have had or produced kidney disease...designed to assist SCWTCA members in selecting healthy lines for breeding).
All of my dogs are OFA (hip) certified, CERF (eyes) approved, and screened annually through blood and urine testing to ensure their ongoing health. I also require that my pups are tested annually. Any good breeder should be able to produce both OFA and CERF certificates for the parents of a puppy.
HELEN AND "FLIRT"
CH. MARLAND MOONSTRUCK MINX
WINNING A GROUP 2 UNDER ESTEEMED JUDGE, JON COLE
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SOME OF FLIRT'S PUPPIES
OUT FOR A DRIVE IN A
1957 CLASSIC CORVETTE
My commitment to the SCWT and the purebred dog fancy includes participation and support of numerous associations and activities, including:
35+ yr Membership in the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America
(The official AKC breed club)
Participation and support of the SCWT "OPEN REGISTRY"
Membership in the
SCWTC of Greater Tampa Bay
Membership in the
Everglades Terrier Club
Membership in the
Tampa Bay Terrier Club
Support of the AKC/CHF/GRF for research to isolate the genetic marker for renal disease in the SCWT
Designated as "Breeder of Merit" by the American Kennel Club
To ensure getting a healthy dog,
please buy from a reputable breeder. Go to http://www.scwtca.org/breeders.html
for a listing of good,
reputable breeders in your area
Note, there is also a local Florida Wheaten Club; Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Greater Tampa Bay http://www.flwheatenclub.org/ Join to participate in Wheaten events and keep up with the Wheaten community.