Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Breed Info
Breed Group: Terrier
Weight: Male: 35-45 Female: 30-40 lbs
Height: Male: 18-20 Female: 17-19 inches

Originating in Ireland, this breed was used as an all-purpose farmers' dog. They were vermin killers, guard dogs, herders of sheep and cattle, hunters on land and in water, and a deterrent to trespassers. By 1932 this breed had nearly vanished, but were saved from becoming extinct by dog fancier Patrick Blake. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is highly intelligent and extremely versatile. They are steadily gaining in popularity in the United States and Canada.

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is medium-sized, compact, agile, and powerful. They possess stamina, gameness, strength, and gaiety. This breed is more steady and stable than most terriers. They have not been overly refined and retain the many fine attributes they were originally developed with.

A happy, well-balanced and friendly terrier, the Wheaten possesses grace and pride. They are self-confident, easy-going, and deeply devoted to their family. They get along well with older children and with dogs they have been raised with. This breed rarely barks, however, due to their size and loyalty they make an excellent dog for personal protection. They are very sensitive and reflect the moods of those around them.

Athletic and energetic, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier enjoys many family activities such as hiking, play sessions, and walks. A securely fenced yard where they can romp and run is ideal. They will do well in an apartment or condominium dwelling provided they are sufficiently exercised and receive an appropriate amount of attention and stimulation

This is a high maintenance breed that requires daily combing to prevent mats and tangles. Professional trimming is needed a few times a years. Bathing or dry shampooing should be done when necessary. It is important to clean and check the eyes and ears on a consistent basis. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is prone to flea allergies, Addison's disease, PLN, and PLE. They do not do well in hot climates.

The Whoodle

Whoodle is a hybrid, or designer, dog. They can be bred in three sizes: miniature, medium or standard. They can be 12-20 inches in height and weighing between 20 and 45 pounds. The original dogs for this breed are a cross between a pedigree Soft coated Wheaten Terrier and a pedigree Poodle. We at Cutie Wheaties only breed first generation Whoodle. Dad is a Wheaten Terrier and the mothers are Standard poodle.

All hybrids have a limited history. The modern trend is to find a dog that is easier to care for and requires less exercise, whilst being easy to train. The Poodle is a popular choice for designer dogs as they are highly intelligent and are the easiest dogs to train. As time goes on and when all the excitement dies down, around the designer breeds, the reputable breeders will try to lay down reliable standards. The disreputable dealers will have moved on to their next money spinner. When a reliable standard is introduced the hybrids will be easier to decide on which dog you want as their traits will be more reliable. The shift towards temperament rather than abilities will have to be recognized by the kennel clubs and some of today’s hybrids will become tomorrow’s pedigrees

A Whoodle will be affectionate and intelligent with a playful and friendly disposition. They will enjoy playing with children. If they are well socialized they will be quite happy with other canine pets. It is important to assert yourself as this dog's leader and to train them properly. Training needs to be given in a firm, fair fashion with lots of praise when a task is performed correctly. If the dog makes a mistake do not shout or chastise the dog just move on. If this breed detects a weak minded owner they will try to take over the home and assert themselves as the pack leader.

A dog is always happiest when they know their place in the family. Playtime will give them the mental stimulus they require. If the dogs’ needs are met you will have a loving and lovable pet that is a pleasure to be around.

Whoodle will requiere alot of grooming time. It is safe to assume you will need to brush the Whoodle every couple of days and that you will need to take them to the groomer a few times a year unless you maintain a puppy cut.

Living conditions
As long as they get adequate exercise and mental stimulation the Whoodle will be happy living in an apartment.

Living with a Whoodle

The Whoodle is a happy, playful, confident and agreeable dog.
The Whoodle is a great family dog that gets along with all people, cats and even birds.
The Whoodle is a low to non-shedding dog.
For stunning appearance and comfort, the Whoodle should have a clean puppy cut, with a medium length beard and tail.
The coat needs frequent brushing to prevent matting.
The Whoodle should be trained with a soft and gentle hand without harsh tones or tactics.
Lots of positive reinforcement will work well for them as they live to please.
The Whoodle is an extremely intelligent dog that can be stubborn at times.
They are very well behaved dogs and typically not destructive.
After being potty trained, they can usually be left out of the crate during the day.
The Whoodle is not a barker. They typically don’t bark even at the front door.
The Whoodle is very sensitive to the heat and sun and seeks the shade when outside. They don’t seem to be affected by the cold.
The Whoodle requires a moderate amount of exercise and typically enjoy more shorter walks throughout the day than one long daily walk.

Véronique Giroux -
801 County Road 2 - Curran, Ontario -- K0B 1C0
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