Sturdy and fun loving, the Soft Coated Wheaten dog breed is a friend to one and all.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.
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The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is one of four terrier breeds that are native to Ireland. According to legend, when the Spanish Armada sunk off the coast of Ireland, the blue dogs on the ships swam ashore and were welcomed by wheaten-colored terriers. Breeding between these dogs is supposed to have produced the Kerry Blue Irish Terrier.
2) Poor Man´s Dog
Irish peasants owned Wheatens because they were not permitted to own hounds, Beagles, or spaniels; by law, those breeds were reserved for the gentry—people who had money to their names. Wheatens became known as the “poor man’s Wolfhound.”
3) People Oriented
Since the Wheaten was developed as an all-around farm dog the farmer could depend on for anything he needed, it meant developing a dog with a loyal temperament. The breed is known for being “people-oriented,” wanting to be wherever the family is at all times.
4) Puppy Life
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier often acts like a joyful puppy throughout his life. Though he will bark to announce strangers, he welcomes them as long-lost friends, usually with exuberant barking, bouncing, and face kissing.
5) Diving Champion
A Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, named Krista, came within an inch of being in the top 10 at last year’s national diving dog championship. Krista jumped 10 feet 2 inches into the water. Her performance was impressive, considering she was competing against retrievers bred to dive and swim and other breeds much bigger than she is. In the preliminary events before the championship finals, Krista earned one first-place and two third-place ribbons.
6) Farm Workers
Because they couldn’t own the aforementioned dogs, poor farmers used Wheatens to perform pretty much every job on the farm. They herded livestock, hunted vermin, guarded the property and family, and worked as gun dogs. To this day, Wheatens have retained their versatility. They often compete in agility, tracking, and herding competitions.
Bright and sensitive, yet spunky and headstrong, the Soft Coated Wheaten, like most terriers, is not particularly easy to train. He requires a leash at all times, else he will take off on you, and he requires an assertive owner who can set consistent rules and follow through.
The Wheaten’s signature pale beige coat does not come in until he reaches adulthood. Wheaten puppies are born different colors, including white or creme (and beyond!), and puppies under a year may carry deeper coloring and occasional black tipping.
The Wheaten has no undercoat, so it does not shed. However, this does not mean it’s a no maintenance coat – in fact it’s quite the opposite. Their long, single coat needs daily grooming to prevent mats and regular trims to keep it manageable.
10) Shaggy Dog
Like all shaggy dogs, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is a messy dog. Leaves, mud, snow, fecal matter, and other debris cling to his rough coat and ends up all over your house. When he drinks, his beard absorbs water, which drips on your floors when he walks away. When he eats, his beard absorbs food so that when he sniffs your face or presses his head against your leg, YOU end up dirty, too. Shaggy dogs are not suited to fastidious housekeepers unless you keep them clipped short.