The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier (or just plain Wheaten Terrier for short) Is a terrier from Northern Ireland with a considerable amount of sheep dog bred into it.
The Wheaten coat should be light biege to shimmering gold in color. The dog is named for it's coat
, after all. During puppy
hood, the coat is a dark muddy brown, which lightens usually within 6 months.Be warned
, the Wheaten's coat is very beautiful, but once you give yours a bath
, it will look like a large rat
when soaking wet.
Wheatens are playful
; in fact very much so. While this breed is a sheep dog
in part, many terrier
characteristics still remain. Biting
are much less of an issue with the Wheaten, although they are still very stubborn
. Have patience
when training them.
The wheaten is a very friendly
dog; certainly more than your average terrier
. They love social contact
with almost any dog
, although they can act a little too playful
dogs, and the aggressive barker
in your neighborhood will set the Wheaten off like any other Canine
I have noticed that wheatens
like to be lapdogs
, and unfortunately they can easily grow to weigh over 30 pounds. Be sure to discourage
this behaviour during puppyhood if you don't want it in later life.
The wheaten was originally used on Irish
farms to herd cattle
, defend property and hunt small mammals that were causing problems (mice
s and even fox
es) They have existed since the 1800s, but since they were only recognised by the AKC
in 1950, their status as dogs is a little fuzzy
in the consciousness of many dog enthusiasts.