We recently lost our 11 year old Wheaten, Finley, to cancer and he was the best dog I have ever had. We have never been without a canine companion over the years and all have been wonderful (terrier x, malamute x, collie), but Finley was definitely "my boy".
He was active right up to the weekend before his final vet visit. Playful, but not rambunctious. He was also a lovebug. Totally loved being around people and where I went in the house, he followed and then would settle down at my feet. Loved to play, loved walks and tearing around the backyard, loved other dogs and our cat, and loved to cuddle.
He was not a barker, however would bark when someone came to the door. I liked this because my hubby travels a lot. I also liked the fact that he may have looked like a teddybear, but his bark sounded like a GS's. Anyone hearing him from outside would have second thoughts about trying to enter the house.
We recently adopted another puppy (old english sheepdog/standard poodle mix). Why not another wheaten? I thought of it, but Finley held such a very special place in my heart that I worried that any other wheaten could not come close and decided to go with a totally different type dog.
Good luck with your search.
Sue (that is Finley, with his summer 'do', in my avatar)
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