Top O' The Mornin' To You... The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium sized sporting terrier from Ireland, where it was used as an all-around farm dog.
Wheatens are gentle, affectionate, loyal and intelligent. Their temperament is unique in the Terrier group… a delightful blend of terrier liveliness and alertness, yet more loving, quieter, and steadier. They live to please their people, and are happiest wherever their family is. Wheatens are said to have “kissed the Blarney Stone” as they are happy-go-lucky clowns that love fun and children, thus making them excellent family pets. They are extremely playful and full of silly antics throughout their lives, retaining a puppyish charm right into old age.
Wheatens are extremely outgoing and will jump and kiss visitors and family regularly. They frequently do what I call the “LOONEY RUN”... a playful expression of their zest for life.
1 day old on Mom 7 week old with Mom
Photos from Liz Jamiolkowski
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There are 2 different types of coats...the Irish coat, which is sparser, but silkier and wavier. And, the American coat, which is denser and fuller.
I breed the latter.
A matted dog that had to be shaved
An Irish coat
An American coat
Their bodies should present a square outline with moderate length of neck. They should be 17 to 19 inches at the shoulder and weigh approximately 30 to 38 pounds; males being slightly larger than females. Please refer to the AKC breed Standard.
Because they don’t shed, and their coat continually grows, they require regular combing and grooming or they will matt. This is not the breed for individuals who do not have the time to care for the coat. A matted Wheaten will most likely have to be shaved, losing it’s beautiful and distinctive appearance. A properly groomed and well maintained Wheaten Terrier is a stunning sight.
CH Moonstruck Too Hot To Mombo
stunning example of adult Wheaten male
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A side note about grooming...please click on Combing and grooming above to see a proper Wheaten trim;
Their exuberance requires a firm but gentle and
loving hand to train, as they want nothing more than to
please and be loved.
Their coat is soft and silky, and best of all, it DOES NOT SHED! They are usually born quite dark in color as you can see from the photos here and to the right top (Sadie was shown at Montgomery in 1979)... as their coat grows, it develops into the adult color of ripe wheat.
"Treasure" the day I brought her home from NJ at 13 weeks. Then winning her 1st four point major at six months of age, on her way to become:
GCH Clover's Moonstruck Reflection of Greentree
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
Lulu after a glorious romp in the snow
Photo by Andrea Chesinski