Soft Coated Wheatzer

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Ireland <> Germany -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Soft Coated Wheatzer

The Soft Coated Wheatzer is a hybrid of the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer. They are generally small to medium-sized dogs, weighing less than 13.5 kilos and measuring less than 46 centimeters. Its medium-length coat is soft and wavy, comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and is thick and water-resistant. The Soft Coated Wheatzer is a fantastic companion for your family, and even appreciates other animals and children. He's easy to train and eager to please, is very healthy and lives to around 14 years.

History of the Soft Coated Wheatzer

Although the Soft Coated Wheatzer has been around for around 30 years, it hasn't made much of a history for itself. So we have to turn to the history of the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer.

 

        

A little of the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

        
The Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was bred for farm work in the 18th century from various types of Terrier such as the Glen of Imaal, the Irish and the Kerry Blue. It wasn't officially considered a true breed of dog until the late 1930s, although it had a long history in Ireland before then. However, no registers were kept of the breed before then. Under British penal codes, Irish citizens could not own dogs worth more than five pounds, and if a Briton was interested in them, the Irishman had to sell them to him. In the 20th century, Catholics were able to overturn the laws prohibiting Irish people from owning better dogs, and the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier lost popularity. But in the 1930s, the breed became popular again and was even recognized by the Irish Kennel Club. They arrived in America in the 1940s, were accepted by the AKC in 1973, and are now the 50th most popular dog in the USA.
Standard of the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

 

        

A little of the Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a German breed that is the smallest of the Schnauzers and was bred in the 1800s to hunt rats and mice. It was developed by combining small, standard Schnauzers with Poodles and Affenpinschers to create a smaller, more affectionate breed that would make a good ratter and family pet. They were known as Wirehaired Pinschers at one time, but eventually received their new name, although they are still part of the Small Terrier group. The name Schnauzer means little beard, which is how they got their modern name and earned the nickname Old Man. The breed once came in many different colors, but now only exists in salt and pepper, black, silver and gray. It is the 17th most common dog breed in the United States, and has been a member of the American Kennel Club since 1926.
Standard of the Miniature Schnauzer

Appearance of the Soft Coated Wheatzer

The Soft Coated Wheatzer is a small dog with a soft, dense, medium-length, usually wavy coat, available in black, tan, silver, piebald and merle. It has a rectangular head with a long muzzle, black nose and long, thick beard. His large, almond-shaped brown eyes have a serious, alert expression. His triangular, dangling ears hang over his face, and he has a lock of hair that also hangs over his face. The Soft Coated Wheatzer has long legs and a rectangular body with a long tail that stands straight or curls over its back.

Temperament of the Soft Coated Wheatzer

Although the Soft Coated Wheatzer is a loyal, friendly dog that loves people, it still has Terrier blood and can tend to chase small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs. Therefore, if you have small pets, you shouldn't leave them alone together. The Soft Coated Wheatzer trains quickly and easily, making it a good pet for those who have never had a dog. However, it must be trained correctly and regularly, and socialized early and often. It's not a good watchdog because it's very friendly, but it can alert you to danger with its powerful bark.

Needs and activities of the Soft Coated Wheatzer

Your Soft Coated Wheatzer needs plenty of exercise because of its high energy level. So you need to take him out for at least an hour a day, every day. Dogs that don't get enough exercise, both mental and physical, can have discipline problems and become bored or anxious. They may start chewing your personal belongings, bark excessively and may even become aggressive. Fun activities for you and your dog include playing ball, going to the beach, playing with other dogs in a dog park, agility training, hunting, walking around the neighborhood, swimming and obedience training.

Maintenance of the Soft Coated Wheatzer

You should start grooming your Soft Coated Wheatzer when it's a puppy to get it used to the rigorous maintenance requirements that will need to be carried out regularly. The breed is prone to dental problems. You should therefore brush your dog's teeth with a soft toothbrush and special dog toothpaste. Your Soft Coated Wheatzer should only be bathed once a month or as needed, as its skin can become dry after too many shampoos. Brush your dog thoroughly with a long-haired brush, steel comb and stiff bristle brush at least four or five times a day to keep his coat healthy and tangle-free.

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