Is the Wheaten right for me?

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was bred as an all purpose farm dog and family companion in his native country of Ireland. The Wheaten shares a common ancestry with both the Irish and Kerry Blue Terrier and is distinguished by his soft silky coat and merry disposition.

A Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppy should never be an impulse purchase. Buying a Wheaten is a commitment for the life of a dog that lives 12 to 16 years on average.  Shop carefully, making sure you are getting a quality pet that has been bred and raised to insure sound body and mind.

Temperament: Wheaten is bright, active and charming. They are empathetic to their owners moods and work hard to please them.  Many Wheatens retain their puppy exuberance through its life.  Eminently adaptable, they  enjoy life in the city or the country, just so long as he is close to his people and receives ample daily exercise.  The Wheaten is not a dog relegated to the backyard.

Family Dog: The Wheaten is an excellent family pet. Wheatens do well with children and people special needs.   For this reason the Wheaten Terrier makes an excellent therapy dog.  It must be part of the family to reach its full potential.

Barking: Most Wheatens will bark an alarm when strangers approach. They must be fenced or walked on a lead since they are known to wander and will chase squirrels, rabbits, cars, etc. if allowed to run loose. They are terriers and care must be given when their are other pets in the household. Wheatens can be noise sensitive as they age.  For this reason a Wheaten does better in a home versus an apartment.

Jumping: Wheatens will leap straight up off the floor. They jump up on people and it is difficult to correct this trait but it is a training issue.

Grooming: The Wheaten does not shed, that means you will either groom the dog yourself or pay for it to be groomed every 6 weeks. As a puppy and through its adolescent coat the Wheaten must be brushed daily. The Wheaten goes through a few coat changes through its life. During these changes it can easily become matted. . Even a short coat must be maintained. We offer grooming charts to assist you and your groomer. A matted, dirty dog can adversely affect the dogs physical and emotional health. Do not consider this breed if you cannot afford to have it groomed or don’t want to groom it yourself.

Training: Like all dogs the Wheaten must be trained. He must know that he is a dog and therefore below the human family in pecking order. They must be lead trained as they have a tendency to pull.  They need boundaries but are sensitive to harsh treatment or training.

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What if I have allergies or asthma?

Wheatens are sometimes billed as hypoallergenic because they don’t shed like a lot of other breeds. Many people with dog allergies can and do own Wheatens successfully, but remember that no dog is hypoallergenic for everyone! People can be allergic to dog hair, dander, or even saliva – so it’s possible you may have an allergic or asthmatic reaction to a Wheaten. If you or a member of your family has experienced reactions to any animal, you should spend a lot of time with a Wheaten before bringing one home. Some people even have different reactions to puppies than they do to adult dogs, so try to spend time around both. If you can borrow one from a friend for a day, so much the better!

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Updated 03/26/2024