When searching for a new four-legged family member, consider a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. There are many fascinating facts about these smaller dogs and they really do make great family members.
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Here are 5 awesome facts you may not have known about the Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.
1. Related to the Irish Wolfhound
These small terriers originated from Ireland and were known as the “poor man’s Wolfhound,” one of the largest dogs in the world.
Over the past several years, they have been ranked in the top 50 dogs as best pets by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
2. They Love Kids
Wheaties, as they are sometimes called, can be left alone with small children. They seem to love the little guys.
It is important to train and socialize this type of terrier. They are extremely social animals and like to chase smaller animals. This is part of their terrier, especially the rat terrier part, and a herding nature.
3. They Are in The Working Group
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are classified under the working group, according to the American Kennel Club and were introduced to the competition in 1973.
The Irish Kennel Club (IKC) did not formally recognize this terrier until 1937, although they had been part of Irish family life for hundreds of years.
Years ago, in Ireland, these spunky little dogs were in charge of nearly everything on the farm. They took care of the livestock, guarded the family and the farm, and some were used as hunting dogs.
4. Exercise Regularly
These are energetic little dogs and as a result, they need to be walked or engaged in some type of exercise daily. Many of them excel in agility, rally, search and tracking, and a simple game of fetch.
They are intelligent animals and can be trained to do a number of tricks or services for their masters. They are not ideal for doing the heavy lifting in a service dog relationship, they typically only reach about 35 pounds and don’t grow to be more than approximately 18-inches tall.
Their small, cuddly nature makes them ideal for visiting registered therapy dogs. They are happiest when they are surrounded by their family and allowed to be in the mix of whatever everyone else is doing.
5. They Have A Varied Coat Colors
Despite their name, golden wheat is not the only color coats these little dogs are born with. Most are the pale beige colors, but some are a shimmering golden color, and many fall somewhere in between these colors. There are those that have been bred with more of a red, blue or black color in parts of their coats, mainly on their muzzle and ears.
They are born with no undercoat, meaning they are a single-coat style dog. Some believe they are hypoallergenic breed, however, there is no truly 100 percent non-allergenic puppy. They do have the soft, curly hair that needs to be brushed a few times a week and bathed every now and then when they collect too much dirt.
Whether adopting a Wheaten Terrier or any other puppy, be sure you have the time, funds, and patience to properly train, care for, and love them for over ten years.