Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier Puppies — An Irish Spirit
Often considered the poor man's dog, this breed is versatile in many aspects from pet to herder!
As a companion the Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier puppy is a happy go lucky kind of friend. He loves to play, socialize, and constantly learn new things. However, it takes a determined and understanding owner to train this breed to be the best companion he possibly can, including teaching early socialization skills. This breed can become a problem for a first time dog owner, but once trained and effectively exercised he can be a calm and gentle friend.
A versatile worker
This Irish breed was originally created to perform a variety of tasks around the homestead. One was to herd and protect the family's sheep flock. While the Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier may not be a Border Collie or Australian Shepherd with intense herding instincts, he can easily be taught how to work live stock and protect them from predators. When he wasn't working with the live stock he was aiding in hunting small game to feed the family for the day, such as rabbits and squirrels.
Today, the breed is most often kept as a household pet. Because of his lower energy level in compared to other working breeds, he actually makes a wonderful addition to apartment living and can sustain his mental and physical exercises through regular daily walks. That said, he is also a contender in the Agility ring and gives other dogs a run for their money in flyball.
He needs a leader
Even though your Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier puppy will make a wonderful family companion, he will need an assertive and willful owner to lead him into obedience and manners. Without a strong foundation as a puppy, he may become pushy and develop behavioral problems such as jumping up and leash pulling. Beginning with puppy classes at a young age will also help him to improve his social skills with other dogs. Without that much needed socialization, this breed may become aggressive or fearful of other dogs that he sees on his daily walks.
Your puppy will benefit from a nothing in life is free system. This means he does not get spoiled, but instead he must perform a simple task for anything that he wants. If you are preparing to go for a walk, he must first sit calmly by the front door while you put on his leash, open the door, and step out in front of him. He can begin his walk after he has calmly waiting for your command to come outside. This goes even for something as simple as mealtime, where he must sit and wait patiently for you to place his bowl down for him and step back. He should wait to eat until you give him a release word that tells him it's okay to chow down!
A healthy, but fuzzy breed
While this breed has very few health concerns that plague them, they do have a need for particular grooming requirements. The standard for the Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier is a natural look, but his fur is silky and curly. If you used a brush, he would become fluffy and lose his natural look. Instead, use a comb to get rid of tangles, debris and loose fur.
A trip the groomer on a regular basis will be needed if you cannot clip his fur yourself. He is not a big shedder, but will need clipped and bathed at least once every 6 to 8 weeks to maintain healthy and natural skin and fur. Your groomer will also pluck out the fur that grows inside his ears to prevent irritation, moisture buildup and infections that can occur from the folded ear type they carry.
An easy going friend
Considering the work history of the dog, one may believe that the Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier as a puppy is a high maintenance and high energy breed to handle. Quite the opposite, your puppy will be happy with one daily stroll instead of robust and vigorous exercise. He will do well in small living quarters with this exercise, but he is also happy to put himself to work for you either hunting small game or in the show and Agility rings. With a loving owner, he can became a forgiving, loyal and spirited canine companion that will do what it takes to please you.