does anyone have experience with Wheaten Terriers?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@nearlymarriedlass:  A friend of mine has two of them (a male and a female), and they are awesome dogs! VERY energetic, so they require a lot of exercise; they can be a bit destructive if bored. In her case, the male is a little more friendly than the female. She’s pretty wary of strangers, but warms up quick. They are pretty damn cute!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

One of my old bosses had a wheaten. She was very sweet and loved everyone, but she got bored easily and had to be constantly stimulated. They always kept up on her grooming, so I guess they can get kinda shaggy and unkempt if you go too long between baths and haircuts.

And if I sound like I have no idea on the grooming aspect, it’s because I own a cat and can only go by what the boss and his wife have told me about their dog’s needs. They brought her into the shop frequently, and I used to play with her and walk her, so I saw her personality.

 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@nearlymarriedlass:   Wheatens are sweet dogs!  The spitz breeds tend to be more independent.  

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Since you’re between a Wheaten and the Spitz, I’ll give you my thoughts in comparison. I’m a bit of a dog nerd, so sorry if this is too much information.

Size and Grooming: The Wheaten is bigger, but it’s hair continues growing like human hair — so they need to be brushed daily and groomed regularly. This isn’t the case for the Spitz. They just need a bath when really dirty. Their hair doesn’t smell and they’ll clean it daily. 

Exercise: Think about your lifestyle right now. If you’re the type of person who can only get out for a walk if it’s raining/snowing, then the Spitz would be right for you. Wheatens require a LOT of exercise the first two years otherwise they can get destructive. 

Trainability: If neither you or your SO have grown up with dogs, then I’d definitely go with the Wheaten. They’re highly intelligent like retrievers and will train very easy if you start early with positive reinfrocement training and are consistent during their first year. (eg. this isn’t a puppy you can stop with just puppy kindergarten) Without training and socialization they can become standoffish and WILL jump up on strangers. It’s called the Wheaten greetin. 

The Spitz requires a more experienced dog owner. They’re just as intelligent but have an edgy spunk that can completely take advantage of owners. Particularly with how cute they are as puppies — they’ll get away with murder and then it’ll be too late. They make fantastic agility dogs if that’s something you think you want to get into (we do agility with my border collie mix and have seen a couple in classes.) But they can also be incredibly yappy if not trained early. They also need great socialization or they’ll become timid. 

Temprament: Both dogs are incredibly sweet family dogs that bond closely with their families. 

Cute-factor: You can’t lose either way. 🙂 Be sure to post lots of pictures.

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

@nearlymarriedlass:  Not as much as you’d think. A healthy dog for most breeds sheds a little bit daily. But Spitzes have a double coat (like Retrievers and other dogs that spend a lot of time in snow/water) and so they’ll ‘blow’ their coat once a year where they shed. like. crazy. in the spring/early summer. Females that aren’t spayed will blow their coat twice a year.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@nearlymarriedlass:  I’m glad more than one person mentioned it! I have a Bouvier, and she’s getting better now, but for the first couple of years it was the same thing with her – she needed a job, needed to be stimulated and exercised a lot or she got destructive (chewed baseboards, electronics and furniture).

If you can do daily walks + some sort of stimulating training at home (command training, trick training, using a toy like The Kong Wobbler so the pup has to work for his/her dinner), you should be fine! It is a big commitment though.

But, seriously….

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@nearlymarriedlass:  We do leave her alone loose in the house now, but when she was younger she was crated, which was a godsend during her destructive months, lol. Crate training is a must in my books! It will make your life a thousand times easier. We started leaving her loose in one room, only expanding it until she got an entire floor when she proved that she wasn’t going to eat or break anything.

She’s totally fine on her own; we left her once for 10 hours (absolutely unintentional, we got stuck in bad traffic on our way home) and it was like nothing happened. On a regular day she’s alone for 5 or 6 hours, and we haven’t had a single issue in a long time.

Barking… my dog is very protective of the house, so she does go a little crazy when the mailman walks up or someone gets too close. I haven’t done much to train that out of her, because I like it that everyone in the area knows we have a big, protective dog (she’s around 100 pounds and her bark is pretty nasty!). She stops as soon as the person leaves, so it’s not like she’s annoying during the day.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@nearlymarriedlass: Mine is a “blonde” Bouvier; I know I’m biased, but I think she’s probably one of the cutest dogs in the world 😉 When she was little, everyone thought she was a Wheaten; they look almost identical as puppies, until one gets much bigger than the other, lol!

Sounds like you’ll be totally fine! If you get a pup, you HAVE to post pictures! FI has been wanting to add another dog to the fam, and Wheaten is tops on my list!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@nearlymarriedlass:  I don’t know a THING about the Spitz! Hopefully I’m swaying you in the right direction! Haha

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