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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

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The charming Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier delighted the Irish Countryside for nearly 200 years prior to being recognized by the rest of the world. Developed as an all around farm dog, hunter of vermin, herding dog and watchdog, the Wheatie, as a result is often less hyper and intense than many other Terrier breeds.  This multi-talented individual is also easily suited for many talents in the dog world as well. Whether simply a companion or involved in pet therapy or more intense dog sport like Agility or Obedience or Flyball, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a fun and fabulous partner!

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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: 16- 19.5 inches
Weight: 30-45 pounds Longevity: low teens
Colors: soft golden wheaten, some slight variation over the coat (ears for example) is common Coat type: soft and silky, loosely waved
Recognized Registries: FCI, UKC, ANKC, AKC, TKC, CKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Medium, compact, short coupled dog with a softly waving golden coat. Characteristic Terrier head and expression.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: confident, humorous, good tempered, affectionate, intelligent
  with Children: generally good
  with other pets: variable but generally not good as they are bred to kill vermin
  with dogs: variable but often better than many other Terrier breeds
Socialization requirements: moderate
Ideal home characteristics: Commitment to grooming needs as well as physical and mental stimulation.
Temperament Notes: Easy to be around, the Wheaten is rarely as high energy as some other Terrier breeds and often more agreeable with children and other animals (with proper supervision).
Training requirement: moderate: socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes: While perhaps blest with a greater desire to please than many other Terrier breeds, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is still an independent character and so fun-loving that they are generally very distractable.  Even so, the time spent working with this gremlin will number among your best of memories as the effort provides plenty of opportunity for some great entertaining on the part of the Wheatie.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1800s
Country of Origin: Ireland
Original Function: hunter of vermin, watchdog, herding dog
History: Developed in Ireland as an all around farm dog. Excellent and cherished companion of the region.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: Kidney Diseases (PLN, PLE and Renal Dysplasia), Addison's Disease, hip dysplasia, eye problems
Health Testing: CERF, OFA
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers?
  • Why do you have Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
  • How would you describe the ideal Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
  • How do you assist or help Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - Wheaten Terrier Rescue Network - Wheaten Terrier Rescue - Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America Rescue Resources including dogs available, contacts nationwide and education

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - The Kennel Club (UK) standard of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier - Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America Standard

    Breeder Ethics: - Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America Code of Ethics - Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Canada Code of Ethics

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