Mark Brandsema has been involved in purebred dogs since the early 1990s, getting his start in junior showmanship and working for a local Airedale Terrier breeder in Nova Scotia, Canada.
The "Wakefield" prefix was first registered in 1997, and at the 2016 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, we celebrated the 50th champion bred or owned by Wakefield. Many hold championships in both Canada and the United States (as well as other countries).
Club involvement has included Mark as a long-time editor of the United States Lakeland Terrier Club's quarterly newsletter (twice nominated by the Dog Writers Association of America for a Maxwell Medallion -- "Outstanding Club Publication") as well as committee and executive positions. In 2008, he was honored with the USLTC's "President's Award" for outstanding service to the Club. Additionally, he is the 2010 recipient of the American Kennel Club's "Outstanding Sportsmanship Award" on behalf of the USLTC. In 2011, the American Kennel Club inducted Wakefield into the "Breeder of Merit" program. In 2012 "Wakefield" was granted Permanent Registration status with the Canadian Kennel Club.
Wakefield involves close working relationships with others, both experienced breeders and our companion owners who cooperate with us to further our breeding program. Without their support we would not have been able to pursue our passion for Lakeland Terriers on the level that we enjoyed.
Wakefield breeds one or two litters per year, with the goal of each to further the quality of our breeding program and preserve this rare and unique breed. Litters are carefully planned and incorporate the strengths of other breeding programs as well as our own. Companion puppies are available by reservation to prospective owners who wish to have a quality, well-bred Lakeland Terrier and a lifetime of support from an experienced and reputable breeder.
We welcome visitors, by appointment, to our home. We are located in suburban Philadelphia on a small acreage. Please note that we do not have a kennel facility, and all of our dogs live as family pets. Many of our dogs live with co-owners, whom we work with closely to advance our breeding program's objectives. The dogs that live here and in other homes, while breeding animals, enjoy life much as you might expect of any household pet. They sleep in bed, go for daily walks, and have fully developed personalities as befits a typical house dog. The focus at Wakefield a commitment to breed preservation and excellence in raising quality puppies, operating on a small and selective scale.