by Tammi Thompson
The Wheaten, commonly referred to as the Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier, is a breed of dog that originated from Ireland. It comes in four coat varieties including:
- Heavy Irish
- Traditional Irish
Puppies are born with white, mahogany or red coats, as they mature the coats gradually turn wheat-colored. If adults get skin injuries the resulting hair growth will be that of their puppy coat which eventually grow out to the wheat color. These sturdy dogs are highly popular since they are versatile workers. They are considered as dual purpose dogs and can perform various duties including tracking and hunting. We’ve narrowed our list down to the top 5 reasons to own a wheaten terrier:
1. Wheatens are cheap to maintain: Most large dog breeds are usually expensive to maintain unlike small or medium-sized breeds since they consume a lot of food. The Wheaten terrier is a mid-sized dog with a square, solid build. This means that the dog does not need a lot of space in your compound or on your coach. Although, we highly recommend that you spend a little extra money to feed your wheaten natural/organic meals which will help maintain good health. Their coat may also need to be brushed out regularly, which may require a trip or two to the groomer each month.
2. Wheatens are known for their good looks: Wheaten Terriers are very good looking dogs and most people tend to admire them. It is quite common for people who own a Wheaten Terrier to be stopped in the streets by complete strangers just to say hello. Their mass of soft curls grows continually just like that of the Poodle and the hair does not shed. As a result they are highly ideal for people who suffer from allergies since they shed very little hair, unlike many other breeds. Their charming looks are enhanced by a thick fringe of hair above the eyebrows and a beard that grows on their muzzle. When these features are combined with a large black nose these Terriers easily become one of the most attractive dogs in the world.
3. Wheatens are intelligent: Wheaten terriers are very intelligent. These dogs are very smart, even when they are quite young. They often excel at dog sports due to their agility, enthusiasm and intelligence. The Wheaten breed is commonly listed on many lists, ranking the smartest dogs in the world. Training your Wheaten will require lots of positive reinforcement, as this breed does not generally respond well to harsh disciplining.
4. Wheatens make great companions: Wheaten Terriers are wonderful companions since they are loyal, confident, obedient and outgoing. They tend to be quite playful and jump up on people as well as managing to sneak in a friendly lick on the face. These dogs are highly extroverted and love a good game which can be part of their daily exercise routine.
Generally, the Wheaten Terrier is the ideal family dog since it does not attach itself to one particular person but bonds with every member of the family. It can be a wonderful playmate for children since it is boisterous, gentle, and friendly. Wheaten dogs can get along with other dogs especially if they are properly socialized. The canine will usually get along well with other small pets too, such as cats.
5. Wheatens live a long life: Wheaten Terriers are generally long-lived dogs and can share your life for up to 15-20 years; this is among the 5 reasons to own a wheaten terrier. During their lifetime these dogs are generally robust and enjoy good health as long as they are well taken care of. Our website and online community will offer many tips for keeping your Wheaten healthy for many years.
Wheaten Terriers are one of America’s favorite dogs for many reasons, not limited to the ones listed here. If you own a Wheaten, tell us why you love yours in the comments below!