Wheaten Eskimo

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25-40 lbs
16-19"
Unknown
American Eskimo
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Hot on the scene and small in number, the Wheaten Eskimo is a newer designer dog who is very playful and full of energy. Wheaten Eskimos are very obscure when compared to other dog breeds but they are no less lovable and endearing companions. Bred from mixing a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier with an American Eskimo, Wheaten Eskimos share very many physical and behavioral traits with their first parent to such an extent that Wheaten Eskimos are often mistaken as being full on Wheatens themselves. But that might not be such a bad thing; Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are renowned guard dogs and companions, so the Wheaten Eskimo has the potential to leave its mark on the world just as it's forefathers have.
Purpose
Guarding, Comapnion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
American Eskimo, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Wheaten Eskimo Health

Average Size
Male Wheaten Eskimo size stats
Height: 17-19 inches Weight: 28-40 lbs
Female Wheaten Eskimo size stats
Height: 16-19 inches Weight: 25-40 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Kidney Problems
  • Addison's Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Blood
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examinations
  • Heart and Knee

Wheaten Eskimo Breed History

Being a newer, more emergent dog breed unfortunately means that the Wheaten Eskimo is not as well known as either of its parents are. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers make up the first half of the mixture and have roots that trace back all the way to Ireland. The Wheatens of old were bred to be adept guard dogs, excellent vermin hunters, and impressive herding pups. This varied resume helped the Wheaten survive the brutal Irish Potato Famine and find prevalence in the aftermath. Many of the useful skills and traits that the Wheaten employed to survive such a catastrophe were passed on to the Wheaten Eskimo later on down the line, leading the Wheaten Eskimo to be quite proficient as a guard dog as well. The American Eskimo actually comes from Germany, but 20th century anti-German practices led to the renaming of the breed in order to distance it from the political and nationalistic sentiments of the time. American Eskimos are also well regarded for making excellent guard dogs, which is why this specific trait has manifested so prevalently in the Wheaten Eskimo. Wheaten Eskimos were bred very recently, having only been around for a matter of decades compared to the number of centuries that many other dog breeds have persisted through. The Wheaten Eskimo is also not a commonly known about dog, even amongst most other hybrid dog owners and breeders. Nevertheless, these charming, intelligent, fun-loving dogs makes great guardians due to their heritage and shouldn't be counted out of the kennel just because they're newcomers to the scene.

Wheaten Eskimo Breed Appearance

Wheaten Eskimos heavily resemble Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers to the point where they can sometimes be indistinguishable from one another. Wheaten Eskimos possess long and dense coats, just like regular Wheatens do, but they also can possess amber eyes and brown noses like the American Eskimo. Wheaten Eskimos retain the sturdy build and stout stance of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, but some Wheaten Eskimos might also sport bushier tails, a trait they no doubt inherited from the American Eskimo. Wheaten Eskimos have a clever and somewhat mischievous air about them, and the intelligent and inquisitive eyes fastened to their round and wide heads give off the impression whenever you make eye contact with a Wheaten Eskimo.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Wheaten Eskimo eyes
Brown
amber Wheaten Eskimo eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Wheaten Eskimo nose
Black
brown Wheaten Eskimo nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Wheaten Eskimo coat
Fawn
cream Wheaten Eskimo coat
Cream
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Wheaten Eskimo wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Wheaten Eskimo Breed Maintenance

Most Wheaten Eskimos tend to heavily resemble their Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier parents. As a result, most Wheaten Eskimos have similar coats to their Wheaten progenitors and, therefore will require similar grooming tools and techniques to remain healthy. A pin brush and comb will keep the Wheaten Eskimo's coat rich and untangled, as Wheaten Eskimos are not particularly prone to shedding. Their nails can grow out to a large extent and this can lead to a few rather uncomfortable moments if an ungroomed Wheaten Eskimo pounces on you. It's ultimately best to trim the Wheaten Eskimo's nails down to avoid these scenarios, but never attempt to do this manually if you're not well versed in the art of puppy pedicures.  Wheaten Eskimos may also manifest more hypoallergenic qualities than other dog breeds, due to the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier having the potential to have passed these traits on to their hybrid descendants.
Brushes for Wheaten Eskimo
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Wheaten Eskimo requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Wheaten Eskimo Temperament

The Wheaten Eskimo is a social dog by nature and does not fare well on its own. The Wheaten Eskimo needs someone to play with and attend to almost all of the time and they can even exhibit separation anxiety traits when left alone for too long. This is due to the Wheaten Eskimo's heritage, as both of its parents are also social creatures that don't fare particularly well when they begin to feel abandoned and alone either. The Wheaten Eskimo is a higher energy dog and it has a lot of love to give and affection to show, so when it's put in an environment where it can't do either, it can cause great stress. They love children and other canines; early socialization will ensure that all interactions are positive ones.

Wheaten Eskimo Activity Requirements

Wheaten Eskimos need a good amount of time and space to burn off their excess energy on a regular basis. The American Eskimos and Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers for which the Wheaten Eskimo was named are similarly sized dogs with similar physical needs. Eskies and Wheatens both have a tendency to become restless if they're unable to get a solid workout each day. If your lifestyle might prevent you from giving your Wheaten Eskimo at least a one hour work out each day, then this hybrid breed may not be for you. Wheaten Eskimos are very playful by nature and they need to be able to get about 7 miles of walking distance a week to stay fit and fine.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Wheaten Eskimo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.8
Monthly Cost
$45 - $52.5

Wheaten Eskimo Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Wheaten Eskimo size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 20 lbs
Female Wheaten Eskimo size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 18 lbs
12 Months
Male Wheaten Eskimo size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Female Wheaten Eskimo size stats at 12 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 24 lbs
18 Months
Male Wheaten Eskimo size stats at 18 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 33 lbs
Female Wheaten Eskimo size stats at 18 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 31 lbs

Wheaten Eskimo Owner Experiences

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