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Sorry, but we no longer raise Wheaten Terriers.  The information here is for anyone seriously considering purchasing a Wheaten.  Please research this breed carefully before you bring one into your home.

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"MICAH"

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized, hardy, well balanced sporting terrier, square in outline, distinguished by his soft, silky, gently waving coat of warm wheaten color.  The Wheaten has a steady disposition, moderation in structure and presentation, alert and happy as well as graceful.

Many people love the shaggy look of the Wheaten, but the coat is high maintenance and requires regular, thorough combing.  The Wheaten sheds very little because of their single coat.  When hairs do break off, they generally stick in the coat which can eventually cause mats.  Because of the lack of shedding, the Wheaten is generally a good choice for someone with allergies to dogs.  However, if you have allergies, you should interact with a Wheaten prior to committing to owning one to be sure.

The Wheaten is normally much less aggressive than other terriers.  They rarely start fights, but seldom back down when challenged.  The SCWT is lively and affectionate and is protective of his family and his territory.  The Wheaten loves to be a part of the family and they make a great companion for children and adults. 

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Freddie

The Wheaten loves to jump straight off the floor when they are excited.  This habit should be corrected from puppy on or the Wheaten may knock over children or elderly people in their exuberance.  Wheatens are fairly easy to train and do better with obedience training than most other terrier breeds.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WHEATEN

Are Wheatens good with children?  Yes and no.  Most Wheatens have fantastic personalities and love children.   If we notice a puppy showing possessiveness over the food dish, we won't place that puppy in a home with kids.  Without the proper training, those puppies can grow up to be possessive of their territory which can be a concern if you have a lot of children in and out of your home.  Our grandchildren interact with our puppies so we usually have a good idea how the pups will react to other children.   Wheatens are very bouncy and bubbly, so if you have a toddler in your home, they might get knocked over easily.  You may want to wait until your children are older before getting a Wheaten.  Some Wheatens will try to dominate children, so an adult must be in charge of the training of the puppy.

Do the Wheatens have health issues?  Yes.  This breed can be at risk for PLE/PLN and renal dysplasia.  The vast majority of Wheatens are healthy and live a long life, but about 10% of the breed can be affected.  No breeder can guarantee that they won't produce a puppy with these issues.  There are tests that can be run to tell you if the dog is affected now, but these tests don't predict if the puppy will get these diseases as an adult.  For more information about these health issues, visit the Wheaten Terrier's website at http://www.scwtca.org 

Some Basic Training Tips for your Wheaten
1. The first few weeks that your puppy is with you should be kept "fear-free."
Try to keep the house fairly quiet, run the vacuum cleaner when the puppy is outside, etc.  Don't introduce too many things at once.  Watch your puppy closely for signs that its overly scared.  Most puppies will be somewhat timid at first but will settle in within a day or so.  If your puppy seems perfectly okay with new sights and sounds, then continue to introduce new things.  If your puppy is more timid, then proceed slowly.  Your puppy was raised in the country, so the traffic and noise of the cities will be a new experience. 
 
Teaching your puppy the basic commands:
Your puppy should start puppy obedience classes around 10-12 weeks of age.  Contact your local kennel club for information on upcoming classes and requirements.  Your puppy must be socialized with other people and dogs.  The Wheaten Terrier can see men, women and children as three separate species.  They must have exposure to all three from the beginning,so that they don't have a problem interacting with one or the other later on.   There are many good books out there on training your puppy the basic commands, but I find that you get far more support and one-on-one help and advice by going to the Puppy Obedience classes.
 
How to handle the "puppy-biting" stage:
All puppies go through a stage where they bite everything.  The key thing is to never shake a toy in your puppy's face, never tease them with a toy, never play tug-of-war with them.  Buy a lot of nyla bones and keep them everywhere in the house.  When your puppy bites you, say or scream "ouch" in a loud, high voice and squeeze their muzzle.  Don't squeeze to hurt them, but to make them uncomfortable.  Your response must be immediate so that they associate the biting with your response.  Most puppies will be a little scared by this response and will immediately come up to you and start licking you.  This is when you use a very pleasant voice and praise, praise, praise....When your puppy bites,  you can immediately put a nyla bone in their mouth.  Puppies usually quickly outgrow this stage unless it goes uncorrected.
 
How to minimize the chance of your Wheaten becoming territorial:
Constantly mess with his/her food dish while they're eating.  Take the food dish away...give it back...take food out of their dish....put it back.  If your pup becomes protective over his dish, then you need to start feeding him from your hand.  Right from the beginning, treats must always be given to your dog from your hand, and only after its done something to earn a treat.  Many dogs can become territorial when food or treats are given.  This is why the Wheaten must know that you "own his food."  Never feed your puppy table scraps and never allow him/her to sit by the table when you eat.  This is a time when your puppy should be crated.
 
Crate Training:
A Wheaten must be used to being in his crate.  It should always be a safe-haven and never used as a "time-out" or punishment.  When putting your puppy in the crate, use the command, "kennel-up" and put your puppy inside.  Then give the command "sit" and when your puppy does this, give him a treat.  Always keep chew bones inside the crate, and favorite toys.  The crate should be kept in a somewhat quiet area of the house.  If you need to be away for a few hours, this is the safest place to keep your puppy.  Some people have another crate in the corner of their bedroom when the puppy sleeps at night.  The crate, however, should never be used if you're gone for 8-10 hours at a time, every day.  It should always be a good place for the puppy.  If you get company and you don't want the puppy to be underfoot, then give the puppy a chance to "sniff-greet" the new people so he/she can say hi, then praise him/her and put them in the crate.  Some puppies prefer to be in their crate when strangers come by. 
 
Never chain your Wheaten....Never use Invisible Fencing:
Some Wheatens can be territorial or protective of their families, and this seems to be more noticeable in the males.  Chaining your dog up outside reinforces this negative behavior.  If your dog is chained up outside and a person walks by, that person will automatically assume that your dog is aggressive.  The Wheaten senses this, and may start to lunge at that person. The person leaves and the Wheaten believes that his aggressive behavior caused the stranger to leave.  Its a bad cycle of behavior to let you dog learn.  The same is true of invisible fencing.  With invisible fencing, your dog won't leave, but the fencing doesn't prevent other dogs from coming in-thus requiring the Wheaten to defend his territory.  It also opens your dog up to attack from neighbor dogs.  A Wheaten must have an enclosed, fenced area to run and play off-leash.  Your Wheaten should always be supervised.
 
Final notes:
The vast majority of Wheatens have fantastic, happy, trusting, and bubbly personalities.  They are not aggressive by nature, but if a Wheaten isn't trained properly, they may learn aggressive behavior.  Some breeders will not place a Wheaten in a home with children because of the amount of time it can take for training in the first year or two of your puppy's life.  If you already have a hectic schedule, then this may not be the breed for you.

Geri Wiepen        Crofton, NE 68730  
605-661-3300        gwiepen@gpcom.net