We are hobby breeders of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers and together, we have been Banner Wheatens since 1998.
What's a "hobby breeder"? We think it's someone involved with breeding dogs because they are committed to improving a breed's overall quality and doesn't count on making money from their dogs. To learn about the different types of
breeders, visit the SCWTCA website to learn about the sources of puppies.
BANNER WHEATENS IS AN AKC BREEDER OF MERIT
AKC Breeder of Merit Participants demonstrate a commitment to the AKC Community, dedication to their breed(s), and actively promote the sport of purebred dogs. Learn more about the Breeder of Merit Program
Pam has owned Wheatens since 1983 and been breeding since 1991. (The "Tighe" name you see on some of the dogs is Pam in her "pre-John" days.) She named Banner Wheatens after her first, CH Shandalee Star-Spangled Banner. Banner was Pam's first dog, intended solely as a pet. However, Banner's breeder, Sue Goldberg, got Pam interested in dog shows and one thing led to ... more dogs!
Pam is a past President of the Garden State All Terrier Club and long time member of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America, having served on and chaired numerous committees. For many years, she has written "The Devil's Advocate", an opinion column in SCWTCA's quarterly publication, Benchmarks. She has twice been selected by members of SCWTCA to judge the National Specialty Sweepstakes. In 2014, SCWTCA honored Pam with the AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.
Outside of dogs, Pam is employed by a Fortune 100 corporation.
John has been involved in purebred dogs his entire life. Prior to our getting together, he was seriously involved in Old English Sheepdogs and "Drop Eared Norwich"/Norfolk Terriers. John was the editor of the Old English Sheepdog Club of America's quarterly newsletter and served on the Club's Board of Directors. He is the author of the Dog Writers' Association of America award-winning The Complete Old English Sheepdog.
When "drop eared Norwich Terriers" became Norfolk Terriers, the first Norfolk litter registered by AKC had been bred by John. He bred the first Terrier Group-winning Norfolk Terrier bitch, who was also a Westminster Kennel Club Best of Breed winner. Two bitches he bred went on to become foundation bitches for two important Norfolk breeding programs.
After retiring from the American Kennel Club, John spent 13 years as a free-lance writer on dog topics and was known for his Inside Out column for the weekly publication, Dog News. He is now the puppy raiser and K9 wrangler at Banner.
You'll see the "rock 'n' roll animals" logo throughout this site. You'll see a number of dogs with rock 'n' roll song title names. The logo reflects our belief the dogs should have fun and be fun for their owners and for us. And that while we think dogs are important and should be taken seriously...we also think we shouldn't take ourselves so seriously we lose perspective.
Above all, we think a sense of humor is vital to do the best or the dogs. The logo was created in 1991...the original included a wheaten with a boom box...by artist Cathy Lester and was updated by Cathy in late 2010