The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier called An Brocaire Bui in Irish, is a breed of medium-sized dogs originally bred for killing vermin and herding and guarding livestock. It is a hardy, well-balanced sporting dog characterized by a rectangular, moderately long head, brown or reddish brown, slightly almond-shaped eyes, small- to medium-sized ears, powerful muzzle, compact body, deep chest, well-sprung ribs, straight, well-boned forelegs, well-developed hind legs, and high-set tail that may be docked.
|Other Names||Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier|
|Nicknames||Wheatie or Wheaten|
|Coat||Soft, silky, somewhat wavy or curly hairs covering the entire body, with some falling over the eyes|
|Weight||Female: 30-35 lbs
Male: 35-40 lbs
|Height||Female: 17-18 in
Male: 18-19 in
|Size of Litter||Up to 8 puppies|
|Temperament||Playful, intelligent, faithful, energetic, affectionate|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||Ireland|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||ACA, ANKC, ACR, APRI, CKC, CCR, CET, DRA, FCI, IKC, KCGB, NAPR, NKC, NZKC, UKC|
Although much of the Wheaten’s history is not clear, it is believed to have a common ancestry with the Irish Terrier and Kerry Blue Terrier. It is also known to have been bred in Ireland for more than two hundred years as a versatile farm dog that was commonly called the “Poor Man’s Wolfhound”. Tail docking was a common means of avoiding taxes, and so, its tail was usually kept to a certain size.
In 1937, the Wheatens were recognized as a breed by the Irish Kennel Club, and in 1943, by the British Kennel Club. They were first sent to the United States during the 1940s and were finally recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1973. The Wheaten Terriers are now used as therapy dogs and take part in agility, obedience, and tracking competitions.
Happy, fun loving, and quite stubborn being a terrier, the Wheaten makes a good family dog that can be friendly to all the people in the house. It can adapt to living in the country and city, provided it gets the required amount of exercise on a regular basis. It gets stressed if you leave it alone for a long time, leading to excessive barking, digging, and other destructive behaviors.
It is not naturally aggressive and can live peacefully with other dogs and pets if trained at a young age. However, it is likely to chase at small, furry animals, especially cats that roam outside. It is not inclined to barking loudly but will alert its owner if it sees or hears anything suspicious.
The Wheaten gets along well with children and makes a wonderful playing companion with them but make sure that you teach your kids the basics about approaching and touching your dog.
The Wheaten can be independent and willful, meaning you need to be firm, consistent, and disciplined with training.
You should start socializing your Wheaten early, typically between 3-12 weeks of age, by exposing it to people of different age, build, height, and complexion. Take it to the dog park or the pet store where it will see other dogs and make new friends. You may also have your friends come over to your house with their dogs to play with your Soft Coated Wheaten puppy.
Walking on a leash
Introduce it to a collar and leash by allowing it to wear them for a brief period during which you play with it and give it treats. Introduce your Wheaten to a cue like clucking your tongue or using a simple word like ‘Yes’. The second it looks at you reward it with treats. Make it come to you and walk with you some paces by using the sound cue and then giving the food reward. Practice walking in a distraction-free room before testing its skills outside.
One-and-a-half to two cups of quality dog food appropriate to your Wheaten’s age may be given each day. The food formulation should provide quality sources of protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids.