Many owners complain they can't see their Wheaten's eyes or think the dog is having problems seeing. Yet when they or the groomer cuts the fall, the hair covering the eyes, they often no longer have a dog that looks like a Wheaten.
Here are some instructions on how to achieve a compromise. If you don't trim your Wheaten yourself, print these out and take them to your groomer so they understand what you want.
IMPORTANT: If youpuppy may beshown, do NOT follow these instructions. Contact your breeder or a professional handler for grooming assistance.
- The Right Tools
You'll need thinning shears and a comb for this task… Read more on tools
- Think of a brick
The proper Wheaten head is rectangular. You can trim the coat to create a brick by shortening the hair on the side of the head and leaving the hair on top somewhat longer.
- Start on the sides
Trim the hair on the side of the face, from the front of the ear to approximately the center of the eye. You're keeping the hair on the cheeks short.
- Go to the top
The top of the head should be trimmed in a straight line from the highest point of the skull towards the muzzle. This leaves the hair reasonably short on the skull and longer at the stop. If you have trimmed the sides of the face short, you've automatically shortened the coat above the eyes. Now, look at the position of the eye – it doesn't face forward, but diagonally to the side. The fall coming from the skull or the eyebrow towards the center front isn't really blocking vision now. The eyelash hair that overhangs the eye gives some protection to the eye and doesn't impair vision.