The soft coated wheaten terrier is the dog for you if you want a forever puppy in your life, they are medium sized dogs and they make great apartment dogs. These Wheaten terriers also make great family pets as they are people dogs with full of energy. Wheaten terriers have hair instead of fur so shedding is very minimal and makes wonderful dogs for allergy sufferers. Many people think these dogs are different from “regular Wheaten terriers”, ironically there are no “regular Wheaten terriers”. In the United States people call the soft coated Wheaten terriers just Wheaten terriers for short. These dogs were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1973. This breed got its name from the coat color which is wheaten, they have a smooth outer coat compared to some other terriers that have wiry coats.
History and Origin of the Soft coated Wheaten terrier ..
The Wheaten Terrier was bred to be mainly farm and family dog but better yet they are all arounders that can do other tasks as well such as tracking. Wheaten terriers are originated in Ireland their ancestors are said to be the Kelly Blue Terrier. They grow up to be 19.5 inches in height and 46 lbs in weight. This is a long lived breed so be prepared to care for them for up to 13 years or more. As with many small to medium breeds their puppy personality is preserved through out their lives.
Soft coated Wheaten terrier coat and grooming ..
The Wheaten terrier puppies are originally dark colored in brown, mahogany, white or red in color but as they grow older they become white in color first then turn to Wheaten. Irish Wheaten Terriers have a softer coat than the American varieties we know. They come in different coat types such as traditional, heavy, English and American. Their shedding is very little, all dogs shed so I don’t agree with people commenting these breeds do not shed at all. However they can be expensive to groom as they are medium sized dogs and needs many grooming sessions. Many groomers say Wheaten Terriers are stubborn dogs and can sometimes do their own thing if not properly socialized.
Soft coated Wheaten terrier Training ..
Soft coated Wheaten terrier dogs are not very angelic as dog-breed info website picture them to be, the true Wheaten can be aggressive especially toward the breeds of same sex. This dog requires stern training and is not for a beginner, they love to chase other small animals as well. If you have cats at your home watch out, they love to chase them and it can become a hard problem to fix as they were bred to go after small animals such as rodents. Wheaten Terriers are extremely smart, so smart that training is often difficult because they just see through it. Compared to other terrier breeds, they do not bark unnecessarily, which is the reason why they are good watch dogs. If you want a great dog to exercise and walk with, these dogs are a great choice. I must warn you these dogs love to jump and even lick your face in the process, jumping should not be encouraged because that is a sign of the dog taking dominance over you. Their high prey drive should be kept in check and may require repetitive training to do so. When it comes to training the Wheaten terrier only positive reinforcement holds true.
Wheaten terrier rescue information ..
Wheaten Terriers are not for the average owner but they do make wonderful pets once trained, You can use Oodle.com to find many Wheaten terriers for rescue and even to purchase. A good bred wheaten can cost any where from $500 to $1200 , I would consider rescuing one even at a older age as they still do not loose their puppy qualities. You can also visit the official Soft coated wheaten Terrier website for rescue information at SCWTCA.
Health conditions of the Wheaten terrier ..
Wheaten terriers are pretty healthy breeds but watch out for flea bites, they are very sensitive to flea bites. You should also never feed your wheaten grain filled foods, ironically they can be allergic to wheat. It is best to feed them a high protein diet including fish and avoiding all gluten products. If you are an owner of this terrier, it is a wise idea to do blood tests for on the dog for known allergies. Wheaten terriers are also susceptible to cataracts which can start at about age of 12 months and progress then on. They are also genetically prone to kidney condition which causes excessive protein loss from their body. As with most medium to large breeds they can also get hip dysplasia however better breeding has recently brought this disorder to a minimum.