AMERICAN & IRISH SOFT COATED WHEATEN TERRIERS
There is a difference. American Coated Wheaten and a Irish Coated Wheaten
Although all Wheatens do stem from Irish roots, those with American haircoats have deviated from the original Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier breed as it originated in its homeland. We do raise both Irish coated and American coated puppies. Neither coat sheds, both are low dander and great for allergy sufferers. All Wheatens are born dark brown and go through a color changing process and a hair coat change which actually takes a full two years for the adult coat to fill in.
Please to take the time to make yourself aware of the differences between the two coats.
American Hair coat
An American Coated wheaten is a plush teddy bear look and feel, once groomed all hairs appear to be one length with enough body to stand upright from the skin coat. They usually do retain some black in the beard and some black hair in the ears (although not always, one can usually judge this when they are a puppy). The hair grows at a relatively quick and steady rate throughout life. Regular brushing is required. Professional grooming is required every 2-3 months.
Irish Hair coat
An Irish coated puppy is born with soft hair as well. This hair goes through a changing process for several years. They too are born dark and lighten. About the time they leave me, their hair is beginning to have some bristles intermixed with the soft glossy wheaten colored coat which is referred to as the harsh puppy coat of the Irish wheaten. Their hair is slow to grow. Professional grooming will not need to be done until they are approximately 9 months of age. At this time scissoring will be done to form the wheaten terrier headset, as well as scissoring to even up the body hair. The hair coat will slowly lighten and by the time they reach the two-three years the hair will have lightened, the hair has softened, falls in beautiful waves and carries an irresistible sheen. Here and there it will carry a few of those bristles in it yet. Because of those bristles, this coat does not tangle like the American coat and does not require the overall grooming of the American coat. In the Irish showing, the SCWT are penalized if they are trimmed with those clippers as used on American coats