The Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are terriers which carry greater than the everyday terrier behaviors of their ancestry. They’re dogs which performed well as hunting dogs, retrievers, guards of the farm and house and easily as a companion throughout the history of the breed, which originated within the country of Ireland. In the times when the Wheaten terrier was admitted into the Irish Kennel club, the necessities for attaining a championship title included requirements to perform in the realm of “expertise” for which the dog was alleged to function.
Within the terrier competition, the dog needed to “go to ground” and perform in field trials against rat, rabbit and badger. The Wheaten did well in these areas and was admitted into the Irish Kennel Club as a Terrier in 1937. By 1943 the Wheaten was admitted into the Kennel Club of Great Britain and the primary Wheatens were believed to have arrived on the shores of america in 1946. The entry of the breed into the American Kennel club within the Terrier group occurred in 1973. The breed has progressively gained in popularity and now there are all the time greater than 200 Wheatens shown on the annual All Terrier Show held in Montgomery County in Pennsylvania.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has an extended single coat which because the name denotes is soft and wheat coloured. It requires almost every day brushings because it is a positive coat which “fuzzes” easily. After they are born they’re a dark apricot in color and the tone progressively lightens to a golden wheat coloring as adults. The Wheaten is a moderately sized dog, 17-18 inches on the shoulder, weighing 35 to 45 kilos. The dog’s eyes are frequently well hidden under a “fall” of hair off the eyebrows and the ears are folded over at the highest of the skull, while the tail is docked.
The Wheaten is susceptible to developing disorders of the attention and the colon and this stuff ought to be tested for if the dog is for use for breeding. It will be important that buyers purchase their puppy from a good breeder, preferably a one who belongs to a breed club or a neighborhood kennel club, since these organizations do their best to forestall “puppy milll breeders” from becoming members. Normally clubs of that nature require that breeders sign “code of ethical behavior” which prevents sale of dogs with out a written contract and health guarantee.
The Soft Coated Wheaten is a mild dog that makes a terrific family companion dog. He shows little aggression to other breeds and is gentle with children and the elderly. He does job of protecting his home territory without acting overly aggressive. The wheaten makes therapy dog, being of the precise height for disabled people to pet him from their wheelchairs.