Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is one you could call a friend and a great family dog. It’s really friendly compared to its other terrier relatives, thus needing less exercise and energy. It has a really soft coat that is just about perfect for petting and grooming.

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Breed Information

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has its origins set in Ireland, being considered as “the poor man’s dog.” This dog was only recognized as a breed on St. Patrick’s Day in 1937 by the Irish Kennel Club. This versatile dog could do average farm duty, such as rid the farm of vermin, do some hunting and protect the property against thieves or those who might want to intrude, regardless if they were human or animal. It was then introduced to the United States in 1946, being further recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1973. The breed was tested in terms of hunting, watchdog ability, ratter and herding. They also seem to share a common element with working dogs: their tail, which is docked.
This breed is the steady, self-confident and happy-go-lucky kind that is alert just enough to be a real good watchdog, but too friendly for his barks to hold any warnings in them. It is a breed that loves people, kids, other animals, and just about everything. It is especially friendly if they grew up with them. However, if any random small, furry creature crosses its path, it will bolt right after them and chase them around. It is a breed that needs socialization as they grow up, as it helps the puppy become a well-rounded dog.
  • Activity level: 4/5 (moderately active, needs only a moderate amount of exercise)
  • Intelligence level: 4/5 (generally intelligent but can be difficult to train)
  • Curiosity: 4/5 (curious but always alert)
  • Friendliness: 5/5 (friendly with just about anyone, especially to family)
  • Vocal: 2/5 (low tendency to bark or howl)
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has a coat that makes it look different from other terriers, covering its body in gentle waves. Puppies are always born a dark brown; they only start changing in color when they become age two. As these terriers come in both American and Irish varieties, the coats can vary (the Irish coat tends to be silkier and thinner).
  • Fur: Silky looking coat that can be any kind of wheaten color, from pale beige to shimmering gold. Sometimes, you might also find black, red or white hair, with blue-gray shading around the ears and muzzle.
  • Eyes: Almond shaped eyes that generally come in brown colors and are covered by the fur on its face.
  • Body structure: Squarely proportioned, with a moderately sized head that is proportionate to the body and a small docked tail. Its height is at an average of 17 to 20 inches.
  • Facial features: Face mostly covered by the fur that’s coming down its eyes, and V-shaped ears that are leveled with the skull and folded forward. The nose is relatively large considering the size of the dog.
  • Weight: The average Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier weighs around 30 to 45 pounds.
Health and Care
There are certain diseases to which the Wheaten is susceptible, so the owner needs to be aware of these conditions that can come upon them:
  • Protein-Losing Nephropathy, which causes proteins and plasma to be lost through the kidney.
  • Protein-Losing Enteropathy, which causes proteins and plasma to be lost through the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Renal Dysplasia, which involves abnormal kidney development and renal failure.
  • Addison’s Disease caused by insufficient production of adrenal hormones.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at
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