Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terriër
The Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier originated in Ireland and were always used as working dogs The Wheaten is a ideal housepet, that wants to be a part of the family. The family is its pack, he wants to please its packleader and that will be you! Raising a Whaten Terrier can be a challenge as he needs clear rules and boundaries. Whatever you allow will be allowed forever.
A special quality of the Wheaten is dat they love people! They are not happy with long times in solitude. They will get introvert and deeply unhappy. If they are allowed to stay in the vicinity of their owner, they are simply content with just being with you.
Consequence of this quality is that you can take the Wheaten practicly anywhere (if allowed).
This does not mean that the Wheaten would not be able to stay at home alone. If trained and taught young , they can get used to the fact that their owner can leave without them for a while.
The appearance of a wheaten is well-built, strong and active dog that makes a powerful impression. Normal leg length. The abundant, soft, silky fur, which resembles a waving wheat field, distinguishes them from other Terriers. Body is compact.The gait is smooth and harmonious.
As mentioned an adult Wheaten coat is soft and silky and should not be harsh. The breedstandard state there is a difference between trimmed and untrimmed dog, young dogs and puppies. Wheatens are born dark in colour and will change to any shade of light red wheat to gold when they are adults. And there are 3 different coat types (all FCI approved) as: thin – in-between and heavy coat type. All kind of coats need to brush or comb and don’t forget that a wheaten has a cut coat and don’t ever plume there coat!!
Softcoated Wheatens do not shed and can be suited for people with allergies.
The Wheaten shoulderheight is between 40 cm and 50 cm. The weight varies from 15 kg to 20 kg depending on whether it is a male or a female. A Wheaten is energetic, brave and has a good temperament and is very eager to learn. Is reliable, defensive, but should not aggressive. A milder temperament than most other terrier breeds. Also very nice to children and other dogs or animals.
Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier belongs in FCI Group 3 Terriers (FCI No. 40)