Actually as the standard of the breed was not change, we should not be talking about “old type” nor “working type” as we do… Today’s type should be the type of the old days as well as dogs able to work by conformation. Due to their working activity, working Wheatens have a selection partly based on hunting skills. Still the conformation has to be there or they could not hunt. I don’t think it is right to assume that a working line is less worthy. To be able to hunt a Wheaten needs to have the conformation it was made for which is described in the breed standard. Now for obvious reasons, a working dog will be more muscular than a couch potato one. Usually the coat is matted or shaved and there isn’t a nice trimming to soften the general appearance. This certainly does not make working Wheatens ready for the ring. But how would they look if pets or prepared for dog shows ? And how a show dog would look if kept into kennels as a hunting dog ?
I am very much looking for keeping my puppies and Wheatens in the original type, this is my goal and I am not looking for personal preferences to make any change.