To call him a dog hardly seems
to do him justice, though inasmuch as he had four legs, a tail, and barked, I
admit he was, to all outward appearances. But to those of us who knew him well,
he was a perfect gentleman.
Sion Spinner, "Edie" (left)
Urneybrae's Theo, "Theo" (right)
Wheaten Terrier has been known in Ireland for hundreds of years, his exact
origins are unknown. He is believed to share some of the same ancestors as
the Kerry Blue Terrier.
The Wheaten Terrier was used to guard farms and
livestock, to hunt and kill vermin, to hunt other game, and was even used
as a water retriever.
This square, sporty dog stands up
to 18 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder. He has a soft, silky, slightly wavy
that is the colour of "ripening wheat".
Puppies are born dark
brown, often with very dark faces and will gradually lighten to the
wheaten colour by the age of two. The Wheaten Terrier's coat does require
a lot of work but is non-shedding and non-allergenic.
A steady, good-natured worker,
the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has an engaging, lively, and carefree
personality. He seems to retain the playfulness and enthusiasm of
puppyhood right up to his adult years. The Wheaten Terrier is an
energetic playmate for children and makes an appealing family pet.
He should be socialized early to accept cats. He is very loyal and makes a
good watch dog.
The Wheaten Terrier is highly
intelligent and learns quickly. He should begin obedience training early.
He will adapt to urban or rural living as long as he receives daily exercise.