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Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

As published in Canadian Dogs Annual
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
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Appearance
17-20" (43-49 cm) 35-45 lb (16-20 kg) Soft, silky, waved or curly abundant coat. Any shade of wheaten.
Killeshin Luiseach, “Lily,” from Ireland. Champion European lines combining loving temperament with genetic soundness. Rathdrum Wheatens, Maureen Marinelli, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0.
History

As Ireland’s poor man’s hunting dog, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier was an effective ratter, herder, hunter and watch dog. In the early 19th century, the breed was so common it was considered beneath notice. Because of its lowly heritage, no one took interest in the breed until the 1930s, when a group of fanciers formed a breed club. The dog was initially called the Irish Wheaton Terrier, but the club decided the name was too similar to Irish Terrier, and changed it to Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. The dogs were first presented at breed shows in their natural coats, only to receive derisive comments that they looked like “walking haystacks”. It was consequently decided to “top and tidy” their coats into the trim now seen in the show ring. The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier did not gain recognition in North America until the 1970s.

Personality

Quieter than many smaller terriers, the Wheaten is enthusiastic and obedient. He loves kids, though his energetic nature makes him a better match for older children. He bonds strongly to his family and makes a good watchdog.

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Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Breeders

Breeder Spotlight: Rathdrum Wheatens
Ontario

Rathdrum Wheatens, Maureen Marinelli. Happy, home-raised puppies from champion European lines noted for health. Breeding on a small, select scale. Thorough health testing of parents and pups. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0. (905) 327-7722; rathdrumwheatens@gmal.com; www.rathdrumwheatens.com

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Doghill Wheaten Terriers
Ontario

Doghill Wheatens Reg’d, Susan & Stephen Collins. Home-raised, happy, well-mannered and socialized puppies available occasionally to approved homes. Thorough testing and selective breeding for health and temperament. Three year written health guarantee. Visitors welcome. 8 Shire Court, Carlisle ON L0R 1H2. ph/fax (905) 689 3428; doghillwheatens@cogeco.ca

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Wheat N Honey Reg’d
Ontario

Wheat n’ Honey Reg’d, Donna Smith. Selectively bred for great health, conformation and temperament. CKC registered, home-raised puppies from health-screened, champion lines. Well-socialized, healthy, companion puppies available occasionally to approved homes. Written health guarantee. Please call to arrange a visit. Elmira, ON; (519) 669-1007; wheat.n.honey@gmail.com; www.wheat-n-honey.com

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Ultrasound Reg’d
Ontario

McCartney Ron, Ultrasound Reg’d. Happy, healthy well-socialized puppies. Focused on Health Testing and Temperament. To approved homes only. Breeder of CKC registered Purebred dogs for 42 years. Reasonable prices. RR 4, Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N6. (519) 794-3456; ultrasoundkennel@gmail.com

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Witthaven Wheatens, Reg’d
Ontario

Witthaven Wheatens, CKC Reg’d, Natascha Witt. Limited number of healthy, well socialized and beautiful puppies! Born in our home from champion bloodlines. Health testing and guarantee, comprehensive puppy package, lifelong support. Irish and North American coat types. Visit www.witthaven.weebly.com or find us on Facebook. (226) 747-3216; witthaven1@gmail.com; www.witthaven.weebly.com

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