Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Information
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has been known in Ireland for more than 200 years. It is believed that they are an ancestor of the Kerry Blue Terrier.
According to the legend, when the Spanish Armada was sunk off the shores of Ireland, the blue dogs who swam ashore found terriers with a soft, wheaten coat waiting to welcome them. These dogs were hardy, courageous and were protectors and companions to their owners.
The early dogs were bred for their working quality. Only brave, strong dogs were reproduced and what evolved was a well built dog that was quick witted and responsive.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppy is born with a dark coat that will lighten to a wheaten color as the dog ages. Once their puppy-coat is gone, their coat begins to get their incredible softness. The coat of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is not at all like dog fur, it's texture is more like silk. The coat does need properly cared for- brushed at least every few days. If the dog gets wet, it is very important that he is combed and brushed completely to prevent any matting of his coat.
They have a very close bond with their family. They rarely will bark unless needed, but will alert you to any odd sights or sounds. They're very fond of children and get along well with other dogs if they are properly socialized with them.
Males should be 18 to 19 inches tall and weigh 35-40 pounds. Females should be 17 to 18 inches tall and weigh 30-35 pounds.
Health concerns include Retinal Dysplasia which is an abnormal development of the retina present at birth and recognized to have three forms: folds, geographic, and detachment, as well as Hip Dysplasia, allergies and skin conditions.
Most Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are highly allergic to flea bites. Even one bite from a flea can cause a horrible reaction over the entire body of the dog. It is very important to give your Soft Coat a flea treatment before there is the chance of fleas getting on your pet. Start flea preventative in the early spring and continue until after the ground is frozen and covered in snow. In areas that do not freeze, keep your pet on flea preventative all year.
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