Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Softcoated Wheaten Terrier stacking as if in the
|Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 3 Section 1 #040
||Group 2 (Terriers)
||Group 4 - Terriers
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is a
dog that originated
There are four coat varieties, Traditional Irish, Heavy Irish, English, and
American. They are often considered to be
Puppies have a dark coat of either red or
mahogany. The muzzle and ears of Wheaten puppies may be black or very dark.
The dark puppy coat gradually grows out into a
wheat-coloured coat as they get older. The color can range from wheat to
white, but white coats are not considered desirable by breeders and show
enthusiasts. The adult coat may contain black, white, or darker brown "guard"
hairs in addition to the lighter wheaten-coloured hair.
The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized dog whose hair does not
shed like most dogs; like human hair and
Poodle hair, it
keeps growing, needs regular trimming, and drops just a few hairs daily.
Wheaten terriers stay young at heart for many years. They are quite active.
Their temperament is curious and friendly. Wheaten owners are familiar with the
famous "wheaten greetin'" these friendly dogs treat visitors with. They are very
The Wheaten is a fun-loving, intelligent dog. It can be vocal, making it a
good watch dog although no one should consider this breed to deter
the dog will greet the burglar as a friend. His temperament should be such that
he considers a stranger a friend he hasn't met yet.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is known to be less aggressive in nature than
that of other terrier breeds.
Proper socialization with their environment and with other children and
adults when they are young will ensure a stable temperament in a wheaten. We
also recommend basic obedience classes at the very minimum to enable you to have
a less frustrating co-existance with a wheaten.
Train ability in the breed is good, although the terrier stubbornness does
appear on occasion. Consistency in training and positive reinforcement work much
better in the training of a wheaten, as they can be very sensitive to physical
Some wheatens love water while others will avoid it. Wheatens do well as a
sole dog companion and can also be fine in a multi-dog household depending on
the temperaments of the other dogs. Many wheaten owners go on to get a second
one eventually. We have found that one of each sex make best companions for each
With both a short attention span and an energetic personality, wheatens are
difficult to train as show dogs.
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers have a life expectancy of 13-14 years and they
remain perky to the end.
The Wheaten was originally bred in his native Ireland to be an all-purpose
farm dog whose duties would have included herding, watching and guarding
vermin hunting. This is probably why they are not as aggressive as other
were primarily vermin hunters. They are believed to be related to the
Kerry Blue Terrier.
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