The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (SCW) is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They are affectionate, friendly, loyal and very loving. SCWs have been used as guard dogs since ancient times. However, they were not always called “scout” or “hunting” dogs; it was only after the invention of firearms that their usefulness increased dramatically.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers originated from the United Kingdom and Ireland. These dogs were bred with a coat made up of many fine hairs.
There are several theories as to how these dogs got their name, but the most likely explanation is that they had to wear hats so thick that they could not see over them when hunting game such as rabbits or hares. Some believe that the term “scout” comes from the fact that these dogs would stand out like a sore thumb while following their quarry. Others say that the name came from the fact that these dogs were so light and fluffy that they looked like scouts.
SCWs are known for being intelligent, alert, loyal and playful. They make excellent family pets because they do not require much exercise or mental stimulation.
SCWs are good watchdogs and love children especially babies and toddlers. Their intelligence makes them good companions for older kids too. They are very protective of their owners and react to dangerous situations by barking, but they are not usually aggressive with other people. They can be wary of strangers initially, but they usually warm up over time. These dogs are very friendly and affectionate towards their owners and their families.
Mostly recognized by their thick and soft outer coat. The soft coat must have a bit of texture to it, but it must not be curly.
It can either be straight or wavy. The ears should be pointed and they should have dark eyes that are fairly small in proportion to the head. The body is slightly longer than it is tall. Any color other than these is considered a fault in the show ring. It is acceptable for there to be white markings on the chest, feet masks or tip of the tail.
Soft coated wheaten terrier temperament is important to know if you wish to have this dog as a pet. They are known for being friendly, outgoing and energetic.
They are very affectionate towards people they are familiar with. These dogs get along well with kids and other pets if they are raised together with them from a young age. A properly trained soft coated wheaten terrier will get along well with strangers too. They are very intelligent and hence very easy to train.
The wheaten terrier is a wonderful family pet and is also used as a hunting dog and for show. It has a long, distinguished history and is an important part of the terrier group.
If you are looking for a dog that is fun and friendly then this breed might be right up your ally.
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