January’s Feature Dog - Wheaten Terrier

Meet Andrew, a seven year old, forty three pound Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Andrew is a lovable dog who enjoys cuddle time and will whine to sit closer to the ones he loves. His hobbies include chewing squeaky toys while laying on his back, going on car rides, and being carried like a toddler. He loves belly rubs, to relax and sleep. Although he enjoys his walks, he is a bit lazy and will lay down while eating his food, which is sometimes served on the couch!

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, simply know as the Wheaten Terrier, originated from Ireland and was used as a farm dog to hunt vermin, herd livestock and guard the farm. First brought to the United States in 1943, the Wheaten Terrier was only recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1973.

A happy and playful dog, the Wheaten Terrier responds well to positive training and makes an excellent watch dog, barking alerts. Excellent for people with allergies, Wheaten Terriers have a soft silky coat that doesn’t shed, but requires frequent combing. Known for being one of the least aggressive Terriers, they are great with children and other dogs, and make wonderful family pets.

Wheaten Terriers have a life expectancy of 12-15 years, but they are are sensitive to heat so care must be taken to keep them cool. They can suffer from allergies such as flea and food, and can be susceptible to two fatal illnesses: protein loss from the kidneys called protein-losing nephropathy (PLN), or protein loss from the intestines called protein-losing enteropathy (PLE).

Energetic and fun loving the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is excellent for agility, obedience, and tracking. For more information or to adopt a Wheaten Terrier please visit the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America at www.scwtca.org. To learn about playtime for senior dogs visit our blogpost


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