Facts & Origin
PROFILE: Wheaten Eskimo (American Eskimo Dog and Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Mix).
A fascinating cross between the fluffy American Es kimo Dog and the elegant Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, the Wheaten Eskimo brings together the best of two very different breeds. This hybrid dog offers a unique combination of looks and temperament that appeals to dog lovers worldwide.
Origin and History
While designer dogs have gained popularity in recent decades, the exact origins of the Wheaten Eskimo are not well documented. However, by understanding the origins of the parent breeds, one can gain better insight into the mix:
- The American Eskimo Dog has its roots in Germany and was originally known as the German Spitz. Despite its name, it did not originate in America, but became popular and renamed in the US.
- The Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terr ier, or simply Wheaten Terrier, originated in Ireland and was used there as an all-purpose farm dog for over 200 years.
|Origin||USA - Ireland|
|Life expectancy||12 - 15 years|
|Activity level||average - high|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Possible character traits
The Wheaten Eskimo combines the characteristics of both parent breeds:
- Intelligence and eagerness: both parent breeds are known for their ability to learn, making the Wheaten Eskimo a quick learner.
- Friendliness and Energy: He often displays a friendly, outgoing nature combined with a high activity level.
- Attachment: He can be very loyal to his family and makes a good loyal companion.
Suitability and Attitude
The versatility of the Wheaten Eskimo makes him suitable for a variety of living situations: Both for families with children, individuals or seniors.
A house with a fenced yard is ideal, but with enough exercise he can also live in an apartment. He usually gets along with other dogs if socialized early .
Care and health
Grooming of the Wheaten Eskimo can vary depending on heredity: The coat tends to be medium length and silky, though it should be brushed regularly to prevent matting and knots.
It is recommended to schedule regular vet visits and ensure that he receives a balanced diet. A regular check of the claws, teeth and ears should also be performed.
What does this mixed breed look like?
The Wheaten Eskimo often has the appearance of a medium sized dog with a blend of the characteristics of both parent breeds. Its coat can vary from a creamy wheat to a brilliant white, depending on genetic influences. The eyes are lively and curious, and his expression often reflects his intelligent and friendly nature.
Hip dysplasia (HD)
Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.
Wheaten Eskimos are usually described as medium sized dogs.
The mongrel dogs have a very dense coat.
This dog mix shows a lively temperament, but is also usually good-natured.
No, it is not difficult to train these mixed breeds. They are very intelligent and learn very quickly.