August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
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lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Dog Breed Information
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier averages 17” and looks heavier than his 35 pounds due to his coat and upstanding, square appearance. Never plucked or clipped, Wheatons are easy to love and care for. His small uncropped ears drop close to the cheek and the docked tail is carried happily upright.


Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Puppy & Breed Information


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The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has been known for over 200 years in Ireland.  He may even have been an ancestor of the Kerry Blue terrier of today.  A working terrier, the Wheaton was prized for ability first, with size and shade of coat secondary to his expertise in handling rat, rabbit, and the formidable badger. 


Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Coat, Color, Care: with no plucking or stripping, other than daily beard washing and tidying up the head and cheeks, the Wheaton is an easy-care terrier needing only a good combing and brushing to keep his trademark coat in top condition.


Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Personality: The Wheaton is a terrier but a very happy, non-quarrelsome dog.  Steady, sensible, privately Wheaton Terriers can be a little silly with their owners, but the Wheaton is calmly mannered, never timid, keenly alert for his owner’s voice, and as mentally quick as he is physically agile.


Exercise Requirements: Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers thrive on regular outdoor exercise.  He likes to stretch out and strut his stuff.  A fenced yard will do but Wheatons will never turn down bicycle jogging or a good run in the field, either of which will prevent nervous habits such as chewing or licking.


Health Concerns: Hip dysplasia and other joint problems can occur in the long-lived Wheaton Terrier but may be prevented or modified by diet and proper exercise.  Eye problems such as PRA and cataracts and VWD and renal are considered hereditary and puppies should be from cleared parents.  Allergies, itching, drug sensitivities or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects.  A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.


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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier AKC Standard
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