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Does anyone have experience with Wheaten Terriers?

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I love the way wheatens look and I'm not allergic to their coats. I'd really like to get one but wanted to learn more about their personalities.



Of course I've read informational articles online, but I was hoping for first hand experience. Any takers?
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All Wheaton's I've met were crazy hyperactive, completely neurotic, with severe allergies themselves.
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lol...sounds like a good match...



don't know if I need a dog like me though
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I have only met a couple as they're not too common round here. They seem very people friendly and like strangers though are very 'in your face' with it. They are not very big on loyalty and are not too bothered about their owners. Being an irish terrier breed they do NOT make good stay at home lap dogs. In their past they were both hunters and farm dogs and have an active working mind, regular physical and mental stimulation is a total must. Like any dog they must be trained and socialised particually when it comes to cats and small animals due to their terrier past. Their coat needs regular grooming as well to keep it sound. Apart from that they fit in well with the right familly and are on the whole nice natured dogs. Of course there will be variation within the breed but thats the impression I get from talking to their owners.



If you want to research them more contact breed clubs, breeders,owners, rescues and go to shows to get first hand experience and knowlege of the breed and to meet plenty of individual dogs.
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I know someone who has a wheaten terrier although I have never owned one myself. As a puppy he was very sweet, but as he got older he was awful. Alfie would chew everything and run away, but his main problem was he was extremely friendly but didnt know how to show it in a non-scary way. He would jump on toddlers and lick faces, pull hair and yap. This carried on until he was about a year old, and then he calmed down considerably. He is still pretty hyperactive, but can be controlled easily enough and is just a lovely friendly dog. I think he was just a bad teenager, as was my border terrier.
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All Wheaton's I've met were crazy hyperactive, completely neurotic, with severe allergies themselves.



That has been my experience as well.



vtgorilla, Have you thought about a Schnauzer? They're hypoallergenic and wonderful dogs! I've had three. They are playful, energetic in a good way, lap-dogs, intelligent, easy to train, loving, and best of all, they don't shed!
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Have you thought about a Schnauzer? They're hypoallergenic



There is no such thing as a 'hypoallergenic' dog. Most people are not reactive to the hair anyway, more the dander and the saliva. I have heard of many people being only able to tolerate some breeds and often coat type doesn't come into it. For example somebody may not be able to tolerate a schnauzer but then have no reaction to a labrador.





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All Wheaton's I've met were crazy hyperactive, completely neurotic



Thats what happens when you don't give an active working breed the stimulation it needs, no fault of the dogs.
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There is no such thing as a 'hypoallergenic' dog. Most people are not reactive to the hair anyway, more the dander and the saliva. I have heard of many people being only able to tolerate some breeds and often coat type doesn't come into it. For example somebody may not be able to tolerate a schnauzer but then have no reaction to a labrador.

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Thanks for letting me know. That's just what I've read online.
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Thats what happens when you don't give an active working breed the stimulation it needs, no fault of the dogs.



I knew a Wheaton whose owner took to tons of classes, went everywhere with her, including work, spent a lot of time in the dog park, they ran together every day. The dog was still completely nuts and highly unpleasant to be around. I agree that working breeds need "work" and plenty of exercise, but they can have that and still have issues.
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A tiny percentage of dogs do have a real mental problem but I can't think of a whole breed or a significant number of individuals of a breed that can be labeled mad. Most of the hyper wheatons you mention probably just have the wrong owners. People misunderstand what the word terrier means, a real one should be fiesty, tenacious and relentless. That is how they do their job, I have seen working terriers that need more stimulation than a border collie and that is saying something.
post #11 of 13
its true, not many terriers have a laid back attitude to life! They get a reputation for fighting, barking and causing trouble, but its only because so many people dont give these dogs enough training, exercise and stimulation because they are only small. I once heard a terrier described as a big dog in a little dogs body and I think this is pretty accurate.
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I once heard a terrier described as a big dog in a little dogs body and I think this is pretty accurate.



That's definitely true of my Miniature Schnauzer. He acts like he is bigger than he is!
post #13 of 13
I realize this is an old thread, but I felt the burning need to chime in. I have a female Wheaten terrier. I also have five active children. My dog is a laid back sweet, intelligent being. She can play and run with the kids, then come in and behave herself nicely. She is friendly to everyone and extremely tolerant of my kids near constant doggie antics (my daughter puts pony tails in her soft hair all over her body, the kids pick her up and carry her around, they dress her in funny outfits, etc.). She rarely ever barks and when she does it is because she is wanting the family members to play with her or chase her. She never cried at night and was housebroken in a few weeks. She does like to jump. That is her one doggie "flaw". She will, however, calm down and sit on demand. She usually jumps out of excitement when she sees people that she would like to pet her. I can't speak for an entire breed, but I can tell you that our Wheten is a fluffy gem. She certainly is not deserving of the many negative comments on this thread. She has been a good family dog. I think it all has to do with socialization at an early age. Also...the people in her life need to be strong pack leaders. blush.gif
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