Wheaten Eskimo

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Wheaten Eskimo History

The Wheatens are considered a rare and primitive breed of purebred sheepdog. The hair coat is wheat colored, which is natural for the shepherding work of the dogs. The head should be wedge-shaped, broad between ears, with well-defined stop. The muzzle should be wide, with nose not prominent. The eyes are dark, and the ears are semi-pricked, hanging almost to ground, and fringed. The neck should be long, deep, and muscular, with the shoulders well laid back. The chest should be deep and well ribbed, the belly should be tucked up, and the tail should be thick at the base and tapering to a fine point. The legs are straight, and the feet should be cat-like, with the toes arched and close together. The Wheatens were developed in Ireland during the mid-1800s and are an ancient Irish breed of guardian and herding dog. The dogs are a traditional part of the culture of Ireland and, as such, are still used for herding and protecting. The dogs are sometimes referred to as the Airedale of Ireland, and as the Irish Wolfhound of America, due to their massive size and strength. The Wheatens have a long history of guarding flocks of sheep, and, as such, are strong, athletic, and courageous. The dogs enjoy working and playing, and are usually good with children and other dogs.

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Wheaten Eskimo Physical Characteristics

The Wheaten Eskimo is a small, medium-to-large sized breed of dog that was originally bred in Canada. They typically have a wheat-colored coat with black, blue, or liver markings. They have a muscular, well proportioned body and stand between 16 and 19 inches tall at the withers. Their head is wedge-shaped with a wedge-shaped muzzle, and their eyes are dark, amber in color. They are intelligent, determined dogs that make good family pets.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Cream, Fawn

Height Range

Male Height Range: 17 – 19 inches

Female Height Range: 16 – 19 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 28 – 40 lbs

Female Weight Range: 25 – 40 lbs

Wheaten Eskimo Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Wheaten Eskimo Health Concerns

Retinal Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Kidney Problems, Addison’s Disease, Elbow Dysplasia, Cataracts, Allergies

Wheaten Eskimo Temperament and Behaviour

The Wheaten is a sweet, gentle, and devoted companion. They are often shy around new people, but warm up to them quickly. They are highly intelligent and can learn new commands and tricks easily. They are highly curious and friendly, and get along well with children and other pets.

Wheaten Eskimo Activity Requirements

Wheatens are a mid-sized, shaggy-coated dog with a sweet temperament. They were originally bred to be herding dogs, and they still have that ability today. They are still good with livestock, but they also make wonderful pets. The Wheaten is a medium energy, medium-shedding dog. While they don’t require hours of vigorous exercise, they do require regular walks. They also like to play and will enjoy games of fetch or tug. If you are looking for a low energy, low-shedding pet, the Wheaten may be the right fit. They do well with children and other animals, and they are very affectionate.

Miles Per Day

7 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

2 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wheaten Eskimo is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wheaten Eskimo is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Wheaten Eskimo is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wheaten Eskimo is part of the Unclassified group.

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