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  • December 11, 2016
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The day your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier came home for the first time, your life changed in many ways that you never possibly could have expected. You’ll never forget that day.

Here’s 10 things only Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier parents will relate to:

1. Strangers can’t resist touching your dog.
Having a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier means that you can’t go to the park without someone stopping to pet your dog. That’s just what happens when your dog looks like a giant teddy bear. We can’t help but notice that kids rarely stop to pet our dogs without asking first. It’s always the adults that try to sneak a touch. It’s a good thing our Wheaties love attention!

2. You spend more money at the groomer’s than on your own haircuts.
You know the importance of keeping up with that fuzzy coat. You go to the groomer every 6-8 weeks to keep your Wheaten clean and free of mats. Sure, they’ll roll in the yard to regain their stink as soon as you get home, but you love that freshly groomed look. The price of grooming may have been shocking, at first, but you realize that a human hairdresser only has to cut hair on your head; your Wheatie’s groomer may take up to an hour taking care of the dog’s coat from nose to tail. It’s so, so worth it!

3. You sometimes worry your dog might be smarter than you.
Your clever terrier picks up new tricks quickly, and didn’t take long to potty-train. However, you didn’t anticipate how skilled your dog would be at training you. Those big brown eyes slay you, and you can’t help but tuck them in at night, play on demand, and otherwise give in to that lovable pup.

4. You’re concerned you might actually own a human in a bear suit.
Something about the way your Wheatie looks at you tells you that they understand. You may have owned other dogs, but this one is just different. They’ve learned to communicate you in subtle ways – and have captured your heart in a way that you never expected.

5. You’re prepared for Abominable SnowWheatie days.
Your terrier’s long beard and soft coat collect balls of snow in the winter, but that doesn’t seem to stop them from enjoying the snowdrift. You’ve been practicing a gentle, yet effective method for plucking those snowballs off your Wheatie. A cold, snowy pup is nothing a warm towel from the dryer can’t fix!

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6. You’ve never slept better.
All Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier parents know that they love sleeping under the covers with their head on a pillow, just like a human. That warm, fuzzy body is perfect for spooning. You’ve haven’t had a bout of insomnia since your buddy crawled into bed with you for the first time.

7. You’ve negotiated with a terrier.
As sweet as they are, Wheaties have a double dose of terrier-tude. It’ll take a long time, if you’re ever able to trust them off-leash. Like a typical terrier, a Wheatie loves to chase small animals, and is virtually unable to hear you when you try to call them off an interesting scent. The only way to get your Wheatie to listen? Delicious treats!

8. You’ve been kissed by a drippy beard.
Even the ladies of the Wheatie world sport a handsome beard. This lovely, long beard gets dunked in the water whenever your dog takes a drink, making puddles all over the floor. Sloppy, wet beard kisses are an inevitable part of Wheatie life.

9. You now know that “low-shedding” is a joke.
Many terrier breeds are rumored to be non-shedding, and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is no exception. However, you’ve learned to stop wearing dark clothes, and have started to match your decor to your dog’s coat to make the endless strands of fur less noticeable.

10. You always get Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier gifts… and you’re just fine with that.
On holidays and birthdays, you’re sure to get some adorable Wheatie-themed presents from friends and family members who know you’re obsessed.

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  1. Don
    On May 12, 2017 at 1:29 am, Don said:

    I’m surprised at the low shedding thing. Our Wheaten doesn’t shed at all. The only hair we see is in a comb from combing out knots or when we groom him (obviously).

  2. Rog'smom
    On May 12, 2017 at 6:34 pm, Rog'smom said:

    Our Wheatie does not shed at all either! Great article…..made me laugh, yet so true!!

  3. Wölfie
    On May 15, 2017 at 7:11 am, Wölfie said:

    Thanks for a nice article that made me laugh. But like the above my dog doesn’t shade either, except for the hair in the comb. The Wheatie is full of energy and surprises even when they get older. Many people think that may 9 year old Wheatie love is 3 years tops.
    The Wheatie, as told in the article, is very intelligent, you can teach them almost everything only your imagination will stop you.

  4. Susan
    On August 9, 2017 at 5:22 am, Susan said:

    My Lucy has never shed a hair! Otherwise, this is all perfectly correct!

  5. Gary
    On August 9, 2017 at 6:21 am, Gary said:

    My girl doesn’t shed, I don’t get some of these. Number 7, absolutely. She forgets her name when interested in something else.

  6. Rocio
    On August 9, 2017 at 12:44 pm, Rocio said:

    Hahah ! Yes!!! She doesn’t shade tho …perfect for our family with asthma and allergies .
    This is so funny and truth ❤️❤️❤️✌?

  7. Peyton
    On August 26, 2017 at 4:32 pm, Peyton said:

    Love #2!! Surprised not see mention on the Wheaten Welcome” (:

  8. dale nikitas
    On December 22, 2017 at 5:20 pm, dale nikitas said:

    Our Wheaten is 12 years old and often acts more like 2. We love him dearly. Can’t imagine our lives without him. He has never greeted me with the Wheaten Greetin but everyone else pretty much is. He assumes that every one who comes to the door is there only for him and he acts accordingly. His tail never stops waving. The Peter Pan of the dog world. We would very much like to have a companion Wheaten for him.

  9. Chris
    On December 27, 2017 at 2:35 am, Chris said:

    No shedding with our Wheaten either. ( we brush and comb 5 x a week). Where’s the Wheaties Welcome?

  10. Donna
    On December 27, 2017 at 3:18 am, Donna said:

    We see no shedding just hair in comb after comb out. Number 9 is the only one I don’t agree with. The rest are sooooo true!!!

  11. Christina
    On December 27, 2017 at 12:27 pm, Christina said:

    My Tucker doesn’t shed a hair. But all.the other things listed are true lol

  12. Diane
    On February 10, 2018 at 4:05 am, Diane said:

    So funny! We adore our Wheaten too and she has never shed either, only on the brush. I am surprised that nothing was stated on the wheaten sleeping pose or the zoomies. At 7 our girl still has the zoomies and sleeps in the oddest positions! Love this breed and our sweetie wheatie!

  13. Hélène
    On February 10, 2018 at 6:18 pm, Hélène said:

    Great article, but my wheatie does not shed at all. Best breed!!!

  14. Susan
    On May 9, 2018 at 2:20 am, Susan said:

    I shed more than my Wheaten! Other than what comes out in the comb — which is actually dead grass, twigs, pieces of mulch, and various other things she’s rolled in — there is barely a hair shed!

  15. Michele
    On May 13, 2018 at 2:51 am, Michele said:

    Our Wheatie won’t sleep with us all night. Just shares the bed for an hour and then goes to the floor or crate. ?

  16. Jim
    On May 19, 2018 at 12:48 pm, Jim said:

    I would add 11) There is an element of mischief in the young males; we refer to ours as the “scamp.”

  17. Susan
    On July 22, 2018 at 5:56 pm, Susan said:

    A house is not a home without a Wheaten; I have heard this saying several times. We had to say good bye to our 12 year old Irish girl this past May. We are 68 years old and wondering if we can do this again. We are fine physically with no limitations, finally 100% retired and feel we need another 6 months of mourning. Then I would like to pursue adopting another puppy. Am I crazy or what??? A house is not a home without a Wheaten…

  18. Karen
    On October 2, 2018 at 12:19 am, Karen said:

    Susan if you are crazy so are we. We lost our beautiful boy August 28. He would have been 11 tomorrow. We are both 65 and have decided our home is not home without a Wheaten. We worried about getting another puppy too but hopefully we will stay healthy.

  19. Nancy
    On October 11, 2018 at 3:43 pm, Nancy said:

    Susan, I understand completely as I am in the same boat. We lost our beautiful girl this summer, she was 14. I too planned on waiting. Our house is just too empty and…we will hopefully have a Wheaten puppy this in the next few months. I am so excited!

  20. Charie
    On December 13, 2018 at 2:20 am, Charie said:

    My heart is still broken. I had to say an incredibly painful good-bye to my best girl, my 12 1/2 year old Daisy, early this September. The happiest dog in America and my constant companion.
    I’ll be moving to an apartment this spring and can’t imagine another breed of dog as communicative and full of life as a Wheaten. I will have to save my pennies and get a miniature Wheaten, or a miniature WheaPoo although I’d rather rescue. I’m 62, very active, and simply too lonely without this zoomy, happy bundle of joy and love. I love reading of others who share the never ending love of a Wheaten!

  21. Susan Millar
    On December 25, 2018 at 4:04 am, Susan Millar said:

    It warms my heart to hear these stories! Especially the sleeping poses. The best dog ever! I became the happy owner of my 1st Wheaten 6 yrs ago. He changed my life…. all for the better. Introducing him to friends, who naturally fell n love with this breed, I will soon be a Wheaten grandma! So excited to experience two adult Wheaten’s, can’t imagine what a litter of Wheaten pups will be like. I can’t afford to keep them all, finding homes will be difficult as I will love them like my other two. Wishing a happy early birthday (first week of February) to these special gifts!

    My thoughts and prayers to those who have loved and lost, and ask for prayers for someone to love these new babies like you love yours. ?

  22. Maureen
    On February 15, 2019 at 5:45 am, Maureen said:

    My wheaten doesn’t shed either. 14 years old and still spins doughnuts when we come home. I’m surprised that the wheaten greetin and crazy antics after a bath weren’t mentioned.

  23. Denise
    On March 6, 2019 at 4:10 am, Denise said:

    Didn’t take long to potty train? Our breeder warned us, but we’re nowhere near. The vet and the puppy trainer both said we’re doing all the right things. I know she’s only five months, but Tooraloo is making our lives troublesome. Yes, she’s a bundle of beauty and joy (with no shedding.) Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, do you have any suggestions?

  24. Annette
    On March 8, 2019 at 5:50 am, Annette said:

    Denise, my Jackson is 1 today. And I can honestly say it has taken forever to housebreak him! He finally has it! He is a bundle of energy and always finds something he knows he shouldn’t have just to make us chase him! He is constantly happy and mischievous, and makes friends everywhere we go. I love his kisses and his cuddles and crazy antics!

  25. Lynda
    On March 16, 2019 at 4:43 am, Lynda said:

    Loved reading all about wheatens
    They simply are the very best!!
    Cuddly smart friendly and faithful
    We are blessed with our wheaten
    Almost 17 years old!!

  26. Paula Mueller
    On March 27, 2019 at 6:10 am, Paula Mueller said:

    We have had 6 Wheaties. We have fallen in love with the breed and will have no other breed. Our girls have been the love of our life. I agree with everything that has been written. They do not shed except for the undercoat you pull out when you groom them. Once in a while I will find a hair knot that one of mine has “shedded” off. How many of you have a Wheatie that sleeps froggy style? 4 of our 6 have done that. It is sooooo cute! They are our children in fur coats. They are pretty much perfect!! We even have a license plate that says Wheaties.

  27. Matthew Chamberlin
    On April 8, 2019 at 3:52 pm, Matthew Chamberlin said:

    We have a boy (14) & brought in a girl (1) last year. We are looking to add a 3rd so the girl has a life-long companion. Any suggestions if the new puppy should be a girl or boy? Our 14-year old is so tolerant of the puppy. I feel bad at times as it’s like putting a 90 year-old man with a 5 year-old girl all day, but he gets after her as much as he can during play time. We experience no shedding, but lot’s of leaves and stick dragging. Thanks for any advice.

  28. Mary Eaglin
    On April 21, 2019 at 10:49 pm, Mary Eaglin said:

    Replace the shedding comment part with a wheaten greeting because, my wheatie
    Doesn’t shed. But she loves greeting all people!

  29. Colby Fox
    On April 27, 2019 at 5:32 pm, Colby Fox said:

    I just lost my beloved Rascal. He was the absolute sweetest dog on earth and I miss him terribly. I was lucky he made it to 15 1/2, but it makes the loss so much harder. He was my fourth wheaten and perfect in every way. He was more a fluffy little boy than a dog.
    I plan to get another wheaten as they are the only dog for me.

  30. Heidi
    On May 7, 2019 at 8:12 pm, Heidi said:

    Great list But….
    1 Wheatens don’t shed
    2 characteristic number 1: the “Wheaten greeting”
    3 here in Belgium, all Wheates favorite spot is in the sofa.
    I’m a proud owner of the Irish variant of this breed for over 20 years now, and I don’t ever want to change.

  31. Jayla
    On August 23, 2019 at 6:55 pm, Jayla said:

    We have been enjoying our latest addition to the family for a little over 1 year. Chip, named for Chip Gaines due to his goofiness, has been a joy most of the time. We learned the hard way about his food allergies. Once we found out he is terribly allergic to poultry we were on the road to living together with far fewer messes to clean up. I agree with everyone here that the breed is very intelligent. But we have been working with Chip since day 1 on shake and he just refuses. We think it is a balance thing with him, he tends to slide on his pads. The sleeping positions are hysterical as well as the zooming, which sometimes finds him falling to the floor but he bounces back up and goes right back to zooming around the room. The huge thing is that he and our first fur baby – Bella get along great. We can’t imagine life without either one of them.

  32. Joann
    On December 13, 2019 at 3:30 am, Joann said:

    We rescued our Wheaton a little over a month ago. He had 2 ear infections, an eye infection, parasites and kennel cough- we have all of that under control now. However he goes outside to pee but comes in the house and poops and then eats it before we can stop him. He’s outside for at least 10-15 minutes at a time. He also has a terrible odor. Any suggestions would be helpful on both issues.

  33. Dave Anderson
    On January 7, 2020 at 12:25 am, Dave Anderson said:

    Yep, just take you’re baby for a walk on the least so he poops outside. They lime an audience and support during the most important time of the day.

  34. Emily
    On January 8, 2020 at 4:00 pm, Emily said:

    Wow I’m surprised to read all the comments saying their Wheaties don’t shed… my little Chew Bear does!! I wonder if he’s a mixed breed now bc he was found all alone by a grocery store in my town and I ended up with him <3 didn’t even know he was a SCWT until I took him to the groomers for the first time, haha!

  35. Porcha
    On July 12, 2020 at 2:11 am, Porcha said:

    My Wheaton does not shed either. I am surprised to hear about the shedding as well, and it is true that at times I think that he may be a human in a dog’s body because he is smart and intuitive. However, has anyone run into an issue with a mean streak? My dog can be possessive
    and sometimes he exhibits aggressive behaviors. But, I have had him for 10 years and he is the LOVE of my life.

  36. Tony
    On September 2, 2020 at 5:44 am, Tony said:

    I love reading all these comments about Wheatons. I call my Archie my furry son! He can be crazy when he has too much energy – butt up in the air head on the ground, wide eye, a couple crazy doggy moans and then zoom zoom off he goes running in circles arounf the room or in the back yard! My mother in law has a couple Yorkies and when they hear him gearing up they run for the hills… or should I say to the couch to get away! Wheatons are the greatest dogs. We dont see any hair either. The wheaton greetin is alive and well here too!

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