Did you know Wheatens can herd?
As U. S. Wheaten owners became more active in AKC performance activities, e.g., agility, obedience and tracking, and realized their dogs were quite capable of successfully competing in these sports, they also developed a keen interest in herding as well. Wheaten Terriers and their owners have participated in all-breed herding tests throughout the United States, from Pennsylvania to Tennessee, to Ohio, Louisiana and California. In addition, some of our SCWTCA members extending all the way to Alberta, Canada, have entered herding tests and competitions. The general consensus from owners, participants and evaluators is that Wheatens have a demonstrated and robust herding capability that could be developed through training to compete and succeed in AKC herding events.
The American Herding Breed Association (AHBA) has accepted the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier as a multi-purpose breed with a herding background, allowed to participate in its herding capability tests and trials since the 1990s. As noted below, several Wheatens have earned AHBA titles and are currently continuing training and competition for more advanced tests and trials. (to see this article in its entirety, please click here)