Baroque Wheatens

Todd and Christy Weagant

Q: What are some upsides of owning a Wheaten?


A:  Are you still here?  If you are, maybe you will be a great Wheaten owner!  A wheaten is a loveable, intelligent, young at heart dog unlike any other.  Once you have fallen for a Wheaten, you will probably not ever own a different breed.  Many people who come to us looking for a puppy have owned Wheatens in the past and know how wonderful they are.

You will always feel loved when you come home, whether it’s after a long day at work, or a short walk to the mailbox, the “Wheaten Greetin’” is awaiting you on the other side of that door.

A Wheaten is people-oriented and not a dog that can be left in the backyard for hours.  They are indoor dogs.  They can adapt well to apartment living, as long as they get plenty of time with their owners and daily walks.  It is difficult to train a Wheaten to stay off your lap on the couch, but then, why would you want to?  Another endearing trait is the Wheaten kiss, most enthusiastically shared with you and any friend who will let them.  Our hearts are hopelessly lost to this wonderful breed.

It is a good idea to spend some time with an adult Wheaten to see if your expectations of the breed are realistic, while I would say that a Wheaten is less energetic than most terriers, they are still lively dogs, who live life enthusiastically and only slow down a little with age.  A Wheaten’s bark can sound ferocious and alert you to a stranger, but most Wheatens ultimately think a stranger is just a friend they haven’t met yet and will quickly offer up the Wheaten Greetin’ and shower them with kisses.  In our opinion, there is nothing cuter than a Wheaten puppy, and no better canine companion than a well trained adult Wheaten!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the downsides to owning a Wheaten?


A: There are really two major downsides;

First, grooming!  Wheatens have a non-shedding coat, which is what makes them less allergenic and have less “dog” smell.  The trade off for this is increased coat care.

If you spend 30 minutes, 2 to 3 times a week combing (notice I don’t say brushing!) out your Wheaten’s coat, this should maintain their beautiful locks of Wheaten hair.  If you don’t, the result will be either spending many hours de-matting them or taking them to a groomer to have them completely shaved down.  Neither one of these options is desirable, so back to the maintenance.  Wheatens need to be combed to the skin or they will develop tiny matts at the skin that become larger matts that will pinch the skin and become difficult to remove.  You will need to learn to give your Wheaten haircuts, or find a good groomer close enough to take your dog about once every 6 weeks or so, depending on how much care you do at home.  A grooming table (there are collapsible models-for easy storing in between grooming sessions), or training your Wheaten as a puppy to lie down while you comb them out, is essential.  If you aren’t able to commit this much time or expense to maintaining your dog’s coat, a Wheaten might not be the breed for you. 

Secondly, please keep this in mind about a Wheaten, most cannot resist chasing fast moving critters and shouldn’t be trusted off leash outside a fenced area because once they begin to chase, they won’t see cars or other hazards or even hear you calling to them.  While some Wheatens learn to live with indoor cats, others can’t help chasing them.  As for the backyard wildlife--rabbits, squirrels or birds, the Wheaten most likely will consider these critters fair game.  Some will even run through an “invisible” fence.  We have had a Wheaten who will chase a bird, and another who barely notices their presence in our yard, however, if the latter were off lead at the park or an unfenced yard, he would race to meet & greet every person or dog out for a walk, without regard to my commands!  On leash, they know they are restricted and will stay more focused on you and with training will happily become a polite walking companion racing to the door every time you pick up the leash.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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