The Wheaten Terrier draws its origin from Ireland. They are recorded as Ireland’s oldest terrier breed dating back centuries ago since they were discovered. It was known as the poor man’s dog as farmers were generally of a lower social class and could only afford this breed of dogs. It was an all-purpose farm dog that guarded the homestead, repelled vermin and herded flock. They have a well-developed sense of sight and smell which enabled them to be good hunters. Their sharp bark was equally effective in repelling any intruders to the farms.
They have a square and sturdy frame. They stand at 16 – 19 inches and weigh 30 – 45 pounds. They have a wiry looking coat that densely covers its entire body and has a feathery appearance on the face and tail. It has a long muzzle coved in a long coat that forms a mustache and beard with a black tipped nose. Its teeth close in a scissors bite. It has round dark eyes that are buried deep in its sockets. Its forehead is raised form its muzzle giving it an almost round head. Its ears are set on the side of its head and droop to the side touching the base of the head.
They are fun loving dogs with lots of energy to burn. They don’t feel shy in showing affection and love their family. Always cheerful and outgoing they will keep you jovial throughout. They enjoy outdoor activities and will always want to participate in all family activities. They require daily exercise and even playtime whenever the opportunity arises so that they can express their agility. They are stubborn to train hence will require an experienced trainer.
They like to dig a lot hence owners should always keep an eye on them while in the back yard. It is important to “socialize” them so that they learn to accommodate other people and pets. While training, one has to be very patient and gentle with them so as to overcome their stubbornness. The owner should ensure that they get their daily exercise requirement for their mental and physical stability.
The Soft-coated Wheaten Terriers are prone to some of the following diseases: Protein-losing enteropathy, Addison’s disease, micropapila, renal dysplasia and allergies. They have a general lifespan of 10 to 14 years.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier should be fed on a nutritious, high-quality meal. The owner should be careful not to overfeed the dog through sporadic feeding patterns. Give the dog two equal meal portions and avoid in-between meals. The amount of food given depends on the age, weight, and level of activeness of the dog.
Coat color and grooming
They have a fine, single coat that covers its body with a smooth curl. As its name suggests, its coat color comes in a variety of wheat color whether dark or light. Brush its coat twice or thrice a week to keep it neat and knot free.
With family and other pets
They are a loyal family dog that bonds well with children in the family. They are territorial hence, should be well socialized with other pets to accommodate them.