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A female dog gives birth to her puppies63 days after conception. They are born with their eyes shut and will not open them for approximately 14 days.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

To call him a dog hardly seems to do him justice, though inasmuch as he had four legs, a tail, and barked, I admit he was, to all outward appearances. But to those of us who knew him well, he was a perfect gentleman. – Hermione Gingold

Witthaven puppies at 7 weeks old

Although the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has been known in Ireland for hundreds of years, his exact origins are unknown. He is believed to share some of the same ancestors as the Kerry Blue Terrier.

The Wheaten Terrier was used to guard farms and livestock, to hunt and kill vermin, to hunt other game, and was even used as a water retriever.

This square, sporty dog stands up to 18 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder. He has a soft, silky, slightly wavy coat that is the colour of “ripening wheat”. There are two coat types within this breed. The Irish coat is glossy, soft and silky while the American and English coat is heavier and more dense.

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Photos displayed courtesy of Natascha Witt, Witthaven Reg’d, Ontario

Puppies are born dark brown, often with very dark faces and will gradually lighten to the wheaten colour by the age of two. The Wheaten Terrier’s coat does require a lot of work but is non-shedding and non-allergenic.

A steady, good-natured worker, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has an engaging, lively, and carefree personality. He seems to retain the playfulness and enthusiasm of puppyhood right up to his adult years. The Wheaten Terrier is an energetic playmate for children and makes an appealing family pet. He should be socialized early to accept cats. He is very loyal and makes a good watch dog.

The Wheaten Terrier is highly intelligent and learns quickly. He should begin obedience training early. He will adapt to urban or rural living as long as he receives daily exercise.

(L) Mariner’s League of Her Own, “Kira
(North American coated)
(R) Witthaven’s Irish Treasure, “Penny”
(Irish coated)

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