I had a dog that we were never sure exactly what he was, but our vet felt sure he was at least mixed with some wheaten. He passed away a couple years ago at age 11, but he was the greatest dog ever. Very playful, but with a calm disposition. He was also a talker, more than a barker, and very expressive. Loved everybody (he was one of those the burglar would step over to get into the house and this dog would give a lick and go back to sleep -- in other words, not a watch dog! lol) Also got along very well with other dogs and cats.
I agree about going to the rescue places. There are now rescue organizations for just about every breed imaginable. You can give a good loving dog a good forever home that way, and still be able to find out something about its history. I am a firm believer that every dog can be worked with, so even if there are problems in its background, it can be helped with love and good training.
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sue I love your desciption and that pic of your dog. I also understand what you are saying about getting another wheaten. We had a Bishon that had a very special place in our heart. My husband now doesn't want another one for the same reason as you. Even if we got another small dog, it was not a Bishon. Sorry for your loss. I hope you can grow as close to your new puppy than you did to Finley.
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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I wanted a more active dog than the ones we had before. It shouls still be cudly, playfull and sweet. I heared these terrier (the wheaten and the kerry) might be like that. But I never met one in person.
Get a rescue dog who is in foster care. Look on Petfinder.com.That way the you get the dog with the traits that you are looking for. Sounds like all the dogs that you have had before are the cute and cuddly type. Soft and fluffy too. Good luck with your next dog. I have three Maltese/poodle mix and I recently took in two strays....Schnauzers. I never cared much for the Schnauzers that I met at the dog park.... but these two are so sweet I could not resist giving them a home. Lorraine
We are thinking about getting ourselfs a new dog. Previously we had a Bishon, a Silky and a Poodle. But now we want someone more active. However, the dog should be playfull and cudly. Do you have any experience how Wheaten are?
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