Wheatador

40-50 lbs
18-20"
Unknown
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Labrador Retriever
Wheaten Terridor

The Wheatador is a hybrid created with the combining of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and the Labrador Retriever. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier parent originated in Ireland in the 1700s. This energetic breed was developed as a working dog for Irish farmers, but their amiable disposition makes them a great companion dog for active owners. The Labrador Retriever parent was bred to fetch nets for fishermen in Newfoundland, Canada. These active, affectionate dogs often work as service animals and make great pets because they are so easy to train. It’s safe to assume that the Wheatador has inherited the same friendly disposition that its parent breeds are known for and would be a wonderful pet for an active family.

Purpose
Companionship
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Labrador Retriever

Wheatador Health

Average Size
Male Wheatador size stats
Height: 20-22 inches Weight: 50-60 lbs
Female Wheatador size stats
Height: 18-20 inches Weight: 40-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Protein Wasting Diseases (Ple And Pln)
  • Joint conditions
Minor Concerns
  • Skin Allergies
  • Flea Allergy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
Occasional Tests
  • Allergy Testing
  • Hip and Knee
  • Blood and Urine Protein Screens

Wheatador Breed History

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was first bred in Ireland in the 1700s as a working dog for the common people. The poorer classes in Ireland weren’t permitted to own hounds but found themselves in need of a trusty farm dog. Thus the Wheaten Terrier was developed. They were used for herding and hunting vermin. In the past, the Wheaten Terrier typically had a docked tail to indicate to the tax collector that it was a working breed and therefore exempt from taxes. Nowadays it is illegal to dock tails throughout most of Europe so unfortunately, there’s no longer any hiding from the tax man! Wheatens are descended from Terriers, including the Irish Terrier and the Kerry Blue Terrier and were admitted into the American Kennel Club in 1973. Labrador Retrievers were first bred by fishermen in the early 1800s in Newfoundland, to retrieve fishing nets and fish. They are descended from the much larger Newfoundlander breed. The Earl of Malmesbury saw these dogs and was drawn to their handsome appearance and amiable temperament. He quickly began breeding them himself. Labs are notoriously good-natured and eager to please, which makes them easily trainable. Because of this, they are well suited to working as service and rescue dogs. They are just as friendly with people as they are with other animals, making them a popular family pet. Not much is known about the history of the Wheatador, given that it is such a new breed. That said, the energetic and friendly dispositions of its parent breeds indicate that it too is an intelligent, affectionate, and active pet.   

Wheatador Breed Appearance

The Wheatador has a sturdy, medium-sized build. It is an athletic dog with strong legs and paws. Because the parent breeds have very different coats, the Wheatador can present in a variety of ways depending on the genetics it inherits. Labradors are known for their short, smooth, water-repelling coats, while Wheaten Terriers are adored for their soft, wavy fur. The Wheatador may have either of these coats or a hybrid of the two. Their coats may come in black, golden/fawn, or chocolate and their eyes may be light yellow, hazel, or brown. They have a scissor bite, inherited from both of their parent breeds. Their ears may be oriented forward, like the Wheaten Terrier, or fold flat against the skull, like the Labrador. 

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Wheatador eyes
Hazel
brown Wheatador eyes
Brown
amber Wheatador eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Wheatador nose
Black
brown Wheatador nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Wheatador coat
Cream
brown Wheatador coat
Brown
black Wheatador coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Wheatador wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Wheatador Breed Maintenance

Both the Wheaten Terrier and the Labrador Retriever are relatively low maintenance breeds, and the same can be said for the Wheatador. Some of them may inherit the wavy locks of their Wheaten parents, in which case weekly brushing is recommended to avoid matting. Regular brushing will also help reduce the amount of shedding. Using a comb rather than a brush will help wavy coats (like that of the Wheaten) stay smooth and soft rather than frizzy. Wheaten Terriers are notorious for having sensitive skin, so it’s best to shampoo only as needed in case the Wheatador has inherited this trait as well. They are not hypoallergenic, and they are mild to moderate shedders. Wheaten Terriers are allergic to fleas, and it’s possible that Wheatadors may inherit this trait as well, so be sure to take precautions against fleas. Some Wheatadors may inherit the Wheaten's under the chin beard or the long hair hanging over their eyes, in which case they will require a little bit of extra grooming attention to keep these sections clean.

Brushes for Wheatador
Flea Comb
Comb
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Wheatador requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Wheatador Temperament

Wheatadors are fun-loving, energetic dogs who love to be around people. Because they are so friendly, they make lousy guard dogs as they will quickly befriend strangers who approach them. They are intelligent and can be destructive if they don’t receive enough exercise. Like their Labrador parents, they are receptive to training, especially if there is a reward involved. However, they can also be strong-willed and independent, like their Wheaten relatives. It’s important to start training them while young as this bouncy dog needs boundaries in place. They are friendly dogs and make excellent companions for children, though they can be mouthy when young; it’s essential to pay close attention to this during training. They really love to interact with their humans and they are just as happy to snuggle with you as they are to play. They are typically friendly with other animals, but some may have a Terrier prey drive, so it’s best to take precautions when introducing them to other pets. If you take care to socialize them from puppyhood, it will be easy to manage this prey drive. They are great pets as long as they have an outlet for their energy.

Wheatador Activity Requirements

Both the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and the Labrador Retriever are active breeds, and the Wheatador is the same way. Wheatadors are playful, energetic dogs that need regular exercise (at least 60 minutes per day) and room to run. They can be mischievous and destructive if they don’t have an adequate outlet for their energy, but when they receive sufficient exercise, they are easy going, cuddly pets who love to spend time with their families. They are well suited to rural living where they have room to romp outdoors but can make great apartment dogs if they have frequent exercise and, ideally, access to a dog park to run around. These dogs do well in all climates, but they favor the cold. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Wheatador Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$35.00 - $45.00

Wheatador Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Wheatador size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 37 lbs
Female Wheatador size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 32 lbs
12 Months
Male Wheatador size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 50 lbs
Female Wheatador size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 40 lbs
18 Months
Male Wheatador size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 55 lbs
Female Wheatador size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 45 lbs

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