The Wheaten Terrier

Similar to most terriers, the Wheaten terrier, or simply Wheatens as they are known, were in the first place, bred as hunters. Consequently, their body-build naturally developed as strong and healthy.

Their hunting instincts have made them agile and alert as most terriers are. Yet, this breed is more stable and constant as compared to most terriers, as they were used by Irish farmers as general-purpose dogs.

Amongst the activities that determined their instincts and physical characteristics were herding cattle and sheep, vermin exterminators, hunting both in water and on land, and serving as watch dogs that discouraged intruders.

The soft coated Wheatens, initiated from Ireland. The date of their existence is obscure but many accepted that their breeds were one of the oldest among other Irish varieties. They were forged as herders, farm dogs, and hunters and terminators of vermin, like the Cairns of Scotland.

From Ireland, they were brought to the US in the year 1946. Slowly they acquired popularity as pets and as entertainers. However, the extraordinary appeal of this breed to the Americans at present would not be possible if Patrick Blake had not saved its lineage from extinction in1932. They were registered by the American Kennel Club in the year 1973.

Though their types have hunter instincts, they can get along well with older children and other animals within the household through proper training and attention. Like most terriers, they easily develop close affinity with family members so they normally appoint themselves as watch or guard dogs.

Basic Facts About Wheaten Terriers

Category: Terrier

Living Environment: indoors (highly recommended); outside (fenced yard)

Coat: The Wheaten Terrier has a single coat of medium length that is silky, soft, and wavy

Colors: Born with black coats but at the age of two, their coats lighten to attain the color of wheat grains

Height: Between 17 and 20 inches

Weight: Between 30 and 45 pounds


* The Wheaten terrier rarely barks, especially when it is unnecessary to do so

* They directly reflect the moods of their household or those around them.

* A great deal of commitment and effort is needed in training the Wheaten terrier so they should not be given to novice breeders and/or owners

Wheaten Health Issues

* Flea allergies

*Addison's Disease

* Heat stroke

Care and Exercise

* They need daily combing to prevent their wavy and thick coat from tangling.

* They should undergo trimming by professionals at least four times each year.

* Dry shampooing or even bathing should be done only when it is necessary.

* Eyes and ears should be checked and cleaned on a regular basis.

* They should be brought along with family activities such as play sessions, hiking, picnic, and walking.

If trained the right way, they are by and large happy and friendly, easy-going, confident, and profoundly devoted to their family's security. They can get along well with older children and other animals that have been raised with them or are living within the same household.

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