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Here at Petland, We Just Love the Wheaten Terrier!

February 15, 2018

What Are Wheatens Anyway?

We like to spotlight dogs that may not be a common household name and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier fits the bill. You’ve probably seen a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier for sale online or in person, from time to time. The Wheaten Terrier is a fantastic family addition and can be a great companion to children.

Early terriers in Ireland were small, farm dogs that alerted the farmers to strangers. They also captured vermin such as mice and hunted badgers and foxes. Surprisingly, little is actually known about the Wheaten’s background or development. We do know that the Irish Kennel Club didn’t recognize the dogs as a breed until 1937.

wheaten terrier

Wheatens made their first appearance in the United States in the 1940s by Lydia Vogel in Massachusetts. Not a lot was done with the Wheatens at that time. They were not bred, nor were there any showings. The American Kennel Club recognized the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, in 1973. It currently ranks 59th among the breeds registered by AKC.

Physical Characteristics

Short, sturdy, and kinda square accurately summarizes the body of the Wheaten Terrier. Its head is long and rectangular and it’s ears are small and flushed with the top of the skull. They have human-like wide set, almond shaped eyes that are normally brown or reddish brown in color. The body is muscular with a strong back and powerful legs. Their wheat colored coats are soft and silky, which is unlike other Terriers.

Temperament of This Terrier

This dog is unique from others in its breed. There are vast characteristics between that of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and all other terriers, so much so the differences outweigh the similarities. Should you encounter a Wheaten Terrier for sale and in person, you’ll find them to be extremely gentle. They get along swimmingly with children, cats, dogs, and strangers very well. The most notable commonality to other Terriers is their stubbornness! You may have to spend some a little more time teaching your Wheaten Terrier not to pounce on people! Among other things, one of the most endearing distinctive traits is that they’re much more affectionate and charismatic than most terriers.

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