We always love getting tweets from our Twitter friends asking us to feature their dog  or favorite breed for our Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed blog series. As always we are honored to oblige. Thanks @FitAsFido for submitting your beautiful Wheaten Terrier to featured and for following our @bestbullysticks tweet updates.

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 Out Twitter friend Dawn (aka @FitAsFido ) with her Wheaten Terrier. She is doctor and author of the book

Height: male 17-19″ tall & female 16-18″ tall

Weight: male 35-40lbs & female 30-35lbs

Coat: a soft, slightly wavy single-coat the color of light wheat.

Color: Soft coated Wheaten or Wheaton puppies have a dark coat of either red, brown, mahogany, or white. The muzzle and ears of Wheaten puppies may be black or dark brown. The dark puppy coat gradually grows out into a wheat colored, white, brownish coat as they get older. The color can range from wheat to white, but white coats are not considered desirable by breeders or show enthusiasts. The adult coat may contain black, white, or darker brown “guard” hairs in addition to the lighter wheaten colored hair.

The English coat variety tends to be thicker than the other varieties and is kept somewhat longer than the American variety. For this reason, American coats need to be regularly cared for and maintained.

Appearance:

The Wheaten Terriers appearance should be sturdy and well balanced, square in outline, and with a well co-ordinated gait. The main distinguishing feature is their single coat, which falls in loose, natural waves. Being a single coat, much like human hair, it does not shed like other breeds, making the Wheaten a popular choice with allergy sufferers.

The colour can be any shade of Wheaten, any darker colour, or white not being considered desirable by breeders. Darker shading on the ears and muzzle is often seen and is not considered a fault. The coat should be soft and fall naturally, flowing with the dogs movement, and should never be harsh, fuzzy or woolly. The head should be well covered with a fringe falling forward over the eyes. The nose should be black and larger than normal for a dog of it’s size.

Temperament: Wheaten Terrier is an energetic and playful dog. They require patience and consistent positive training. Harsh methods will often result in fear aggression. A positive, even-handed approach works best with these intelligent yet headstrong terriers. These dogs do best when they are exercised regularly. Wheatens are very protective of their families, and although they may bark an alert at strangers, they rarely get aggressive.

They prized for their fun-loving nature and they make steady companions in the home. Outside the home, the sky’s the limit. Wheatens are up for all sorts of activities. If it involves going to new places and meeting new friends, count them in.

In fact, Wheaton Terriers are notorious for never having met a stranger. Although they will bark to alert you to company, expected or otherwise, they will give everyone the famous “Wheaton Greeting”. They are enthusiastic greeters and will often jump up in order to lick a person’s face. These dogs are good with children, and have the ability to get along with other pets of similar size, as long as they have been properly introduced.

Health: The average life expectancy of the Wheaton Terrier is 14yrs  barring any health issues. That said, there are several genetic conditions identified with this breed.

  • Renal Dysplasia: A form of kidney disease
  • Protein-Losing Nephropathy: A condition whereby protein is lost through the kidneys
  • Protein-Losing Enteropathy: A similar disorder whereby protein is lost from the intestinal tract
  • Hip Dysplasia: A degenerative joint disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy: A disease that causes blindness

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