About Wheatens….

You’re thinking of adopting a Wheaten?   

A little history…

The Wheaten Terrier is an old Irish breed that was selected to be used as a farm dog.

Take a good look at these two juxtaposed pictures of a wheat field and the fur of an Irish  coated Wheaten Terrier and you will understand where it gets its name …

The hair of the Irish Wheaten Terrier has the same colour, shine and smoothness as the wheat that waves in the wind.

 

Did you know that?

 

There are 2 main types of Wheaten hair, and there are variations on both.

Originally, the Wheaten was a working dog.    It was a hardy dog that was well adapted to the conditions of the Irish countryside and had a coat that was easy to maintain.     This type of so-called Irish hair is dark and sparse at birth and becomes in 2 or 3 years a beautiful silky shiny blond with a texture very similar to that of children’s hair.

It was only several decades later that English Wheaten breeders began to use the densest coats as breeding stock.      Several generations of this selection produced the type of Wheaten that we now commonly find in America, the so-called “heavy” or “American” type.

Puppies of this type have a very dense coat very early on, giving them an irresistible teddy bear look.  Unfortunately, this denser coat comes with a much more laborious maintenance.  The distinctive and admirable texture and luster of the original coat has also been greatly altered by this selection.

It should also be noted that they are one and the same breed and that crossbreeding between the two types is still used.

In America, the American type is the most common.  So much so that the word “IRISH” has been removed from the name of the Wheatens here.    In Europe, Australia and of course in Ireland,  it is the type of Irish origin that is most sought after.    Both types of hair have their supporters, so it’s up to you to choose the one that suits you best!

We are very proud to help protect this ancient breed in its most faithful form by Irish standards.   We are also very proud to offer you the opportunity to distinguish yourself by choosing a Wheaten of this type.

The appearance and incomparable luster of the Irish Coat combined with the low maintenance it requires is unequalled in all breeds of dogs.    Our puppies should all have this type of coat with its possible variations.

The Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized dog with an adult weight of 30 to 45 pounds.

Like all terriers, the Wheaten excelled at hunting vermin but also served as a non-aggressive protector of the property, a sheep-working dog  or even a retriever.

They are very intelligent, sociable, playful and active dogs.   He is very demonstrative and you will often have to contain his overwhelming enthusiasm when friends come to visit.

It is a dog very attached and faithful to its masters.  And he is also very endearing. He learns quickly but he can also have his own ideas on how to do things…so it will take consistency in his education to make him the perfect companion you dream of.

We suggest this breed to active people ready to spend time with their dog.    Wheatens can suffer if they are left alone for long periods of time or if they lack activity.   Basic obedience classes are strongly suggested.  And the release of young Wheatens should always be in safe or fenced areas until the recall is properly enforced.