Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier


Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Quick Summary
Also Known As
Height (at withers)17-20in (43-51cm)
Weight30-35lbs (14-16kg)
Hair Colour(s)Wheaten
Lifespan12-14 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size5-6
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsMedium
Distress if leftMedium

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized dog with a short but sturdy build. The body is compact with a deep chest, well sprung ribs, a strong and level back, straight and well boned legs and an upright, high-set tail. The head is square in shape with a short but strong muzzle, forward dropping ears, dark oval eyes and a large black nose. The distinctive coat is soft and silky in texture with a gentle wave, and the colouring tends to vary from a light and golden wheaten to a rosy golden colour, although pupppies are normally born darker.


Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are gentle and affectionate dogs known for their puppy-like and playful natures even throughout adulthood. These graceful dogs make loyal companions and family pets and thrive on interaction and companionship as well as love, and so are not suited to those with little time to dedicate to their pets. With adequate mental and physical stimulation and proper, early socialization, these dogs are sociable, friendly and confident. They are also intelligent, responsive and quick to learn, which tends to make training easier, but then they can also be obstinate, strong willed and something of a handful. For these reasons they are best suited to those with some experience of dog ownerhip and training, rather than for novices, as owners will need to show confidence and assertiveness. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers get along well with older, more considerate children, and with proper socialisation they will also get along fine with other pets, although some can be aggressive towards same sex dogs. They are normally friendly and sociable with strangers, but still make effective watch dogs as they will still bark to raise the alarm when necessary.

History & Skills

Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers originate from Ireland, where they were bred as farm dogs. Here they were trained for a variety of tasks including herding livestock and hunting otters, badgers, rats and other vermin, and also to guard farms. These days they make popular companions and family pets.

Breed Specific Ailments

Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers tend to live between 12-14 years, and some of the health problems noted in this breed include vWD, PRA, hip dysplasia, cataracts, renal problems, allergies, and sensitivity to drugs and chemicals.


Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are low shedders and so are suitable for those that suffer from allergies. Their grooming requirements are pretty high though, and the long, thick coat will need brushing around three or four times a week to remove dead hair and to maintain its silky appearance. These dogs will also need trimming and bathing every six to eight weeks. The ears should be kept clean and dry, and the area around the eyes will need keeping clean also.

Exercise & Environment

Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers can live indoors or out, in moderate climates, but will tend to prefer the former. They can be suitable for small homes and will tend to get a lot of their required exerise by being active while indoors. However, have a fair amount of energy and will generally need a daily half-hour walk on the leash, plus the chance to play in a yard or garden area. These areas must be safe and secure with high fences, otherwise they may escape. This breed does not respond well to heat.


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