Soft-Coated Wheaten TerriersFamilyPet
As a dog owner, it is always my pleasure to share my experiences about my Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier (SCWT). This breed was chosen for my family because of its lack of allergens in its hair and saliva. In fact, a Wheaten Terrier has hair and not fur thus no dander. What was expected and what we got were two totally different things.
Of course, you expect love and devotion from a puppy, but we were actually warned by our breeder that male dogs are sometimes put-offish, especially Wheatens. While Quantum Leap (otherwise known as Q) has his moments of alone time that he relishes, his complete and utter devotion to each member of our family is a thing of beauty! He simply loves beyond compare.
Other SCWT owners I’ve met along the way have said that their Wheatens are rowdy and not trainable. Not so with our Wheaten. This dog rings a bell to go out, eats on a schedule, stays in rooms we have designated for him, and has a few tricks up his sleeve.
Based on personalities, Q certainly does have a little stubborn streak. He will tattle-tale when he believes that he has gotten the wrong end of a deal, but he is just as quick to forgive and forget. Wheatens are great with families and will be a faithful companion for as long as they live.
One warning is that Wheaten Terriers are deathly afraid of loud noise and storms. This is manageable with a Thundershirt and lots of love. If you have crate-trained your Wheaten, his or her crate will be a safe domain for your pet and they will tend to feel even safer if donning the Thundershirt. Give your Wheaten lots of love and reassurance and they will be just fine!
SCWT’s originated in Ireland as a farm dog that searched and seized small rodents that tended to migrate to farms. Since a Wheaten is a terrier, the dog will have a lot of energy and they tend to still seek out rodents such as squirrels. They will bark, but they’re trainable.
If recommending any dog to a family, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier would be high on the list. This breed is smart, energetic, and loving. They are all-around great family dogs and devoted to boot. SCWT’s are wonderful companions.
Melissa Stoneburner began writing about dogs two years ago. She is still an author on Examiner.com, Helium and Hubpages and works with Animal Rescue Foundation, Illinois as the Community Outreach Program Manager. Find Melissa on Facebook and Twitter.