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Wheaten Terrier Puppy: Physical Features, Personality, and How to Care for It

by Krisetya Febriandi Salomo
Wheaten Terrier Puppy

Do you want to adopt wheaten terrier puppy yet still have no idea how this puppy will behave? You’ve come to the right place! This article will explain you a glimpse about wheaten terrier including its characteristics, personality, and other relevant things that will make you understand better about this friendlier and cuddlier version of the tough terrier. By doing so, you will be prepared better than knowing nothing at all about this breed.

When talking about terrier, we cannot defy the tough look of this breed. We know that it is basically a dog commonly assigned to come along with hunters to kill vermin. Fighting and foxhunting – they’ve done that as well. But wheaten terrier is different: especially the wheaten terrier puppy. Known as one of the friendliest terrier breeds ever, it can be a perfect house pet that cuddles a lot with not only you—but also with strangers!

 

Wheaten Terrier Puppy: Where It Originated from and Physical Features

Wheaten Terrier Puppy

Talking about dogs will never be complete if you don’t talk about its origin. Where wheaten terrier comes from? Turns out this purebred terrier comes from Ireland. Unlike common terriers that are commonly assigned to hunt foxes, wheaten terrier is a farm dog—just like bouvier that comes from the northern part of Belgium.

It’s a great idea to adopt your wheaten terrier puppy and not the adult one. This is because the longer you are living together with your dog, the better social skills your dog will have with the family members. Wheaten terriers are friendly in nature, people-oriented, and like to roam around kids. It’s not so big yet not too small size makes the breed a perfect dog to play with and fits with all kinds of homes.

When a wheaten terrier puppy grows up, it is expected to grow as tall as 18-19 inches for males, and slightly lower for females (17-18 inches). As for its weight, in average adult wheaten terrier will weigh around 30-40 pounds. Males are heftier, but not as significant as female wheaten terriers. As puppies, this difference may not be that apparent.

Wheaten terriers, just like the name, have been never gone far from that ‘wheaten’ color. So, expect to see pale beige to goldy-brown as their coat colors. Sometimes, you can see red, black, or white occasional hairs here and there (in minimal amount). Their ears and muzzles are places where you can see a shade of blue and gray.

However, things may go differently with wheaten terrier puppy. As the mini version of wheaten terriers, they have darker wheaten color if compared with the adults. However, this color will lighten as your pup ages although for some, it won’t show the final color until the pups reach two years old. In addition, you cannot see the coats’ slight curl until the dog reaches mature age.

 

Wheaten Terrier Puppy: Personality and Trainability

  1. Personality

Taking a wheaten terrier puppy will never be a bad idea if you want a dream pet that is friendly, playful, and has a welcoming personality for many people that may visit your house. Well, it’s beyond perfect, to be honest. This dog breed is exactly what you are looking for since they tend to be affectionate and easy-going.

That said, if you are a first-timer in terms of becoming a pet parent, wheaten terrier puppies will be perfect to have. The breed also suits well with any living condition—although they may need fresh air routinely in order to shoot off their boredom being at home.

On the other side, the fact that they really love being surrounded by ‘flocks’ make them prone to stress when kept idle for a long time. From there, expect nothing but some destructive actions that aren’t a good pick for people who loves calm dogs. You can see them barking not only over something suspicious coming, but also out of their internal stress for being idle without any tricks to play or anyone to build rapport to.

Keep in mind that wheaten terrier puppy existence may disturb other pets that may be serene in nature. Older cats and dogs that aren’t as mobile as before may not be a good match for your wheaten terrier. If you’re a household of elderly people, consider not to take them as pets since they are really playful as the puppies grow up.

 

  1. Trainability

If you plan to have a wheaten terrier puppy, then training needs to be done as early as possible. Of course, you won’t have to train your puppy with hard, hunting games, start it simple by doing some fun tricks. As your puppy grows up, start to introduce them to more games and tricks. Positive reinforcement method to train your dog is highly effective to make them adopt the new tricks (giving treats, praising, etc.) – especially since this breed is pretty stubborn to train despite their relatively above-average intelligence.

 

Taking Care of Wheaten Terrier Puppy

When you got your puppy, consider to take your puppy to a vet. Get a thorough check up and never hesitate to ask the vet about how to feed your wheaten terrier pup. It has a moderate potential to a quick weight gain, despite their high energy level. Commonly, people will only feed them twice with a quality dog food. Each meal time, mostly adult wheaten terrier will take around 1.5 – 2 cups of dog food.

Remember, this amount may vary from one dog to another. It’d be best to consult your vet about this than taking the decision all by yourself.

Next, it’s about exercise. To keep your dog happy, take them to play at least half an hour per day. But that alone will not be enough to keep them happy. Occasionally interact with them and put them into a playful training session. Keep in mind that you need to adjust the training as per the capability of the pup itself.

Lastly, wheaten terrier puppy may not require a lot of grooming as its adult counterpart. However, if your puppy often plays outside, consider cleaning them frequently to avoid making their coats bad. Or, in extreme condition: skin disease. This breed tends to be a messy eater, and that should be another consideration if you are a neat freak person.

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