Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier


Origin and brief history:

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is believed to be one of the oldest breeds to originate in Ireland.  It is believed they are related to the Kerry Blue Terrier.  The breed was a popular dog for those who worked on farms.  Known as the “poor man’s dog,” owners used the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers as herders and herd protectors.  The breed was brought to the United States in the mid 1900’s.  The American Kennel Club officially recognized the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier in 1973.  They have also been used for animal-assisted therapy.



The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is a very playful and happy dog.  They are known to be good watchdogs, as they bark when strangers arrive.  The breed generally gets along with other dogs.  They are also great with children.  The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier can coexist with cats, however only if they are raised with the cat.  Otherwise, they probably will not get along.  Even as they grow older, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers always maintain their puppy mindset.  They are extremely smart, and learn very quickly.  They are not known to bark needlessly.  To properly train a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, an owner must be calm and firm.  An owner also needs to be consistent and express confidence.  They rarely have aggression issues, and are known to be very loving.



Using a brush to groom the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier will cause the coat to become fuzzy.  A medium-toothed comb is suggested, which will help the coat maintain its natural look, while also preventing tangles in the dogs fur.  Their eyes and ears need to be checked and cleaned regularly.  The breed is not known to shed in the spring and fall, but should still be combed during these seasons from time to time.  Because of their lack of shedding, they are considered good pets for those with allergies.


Specification of breed:

Male Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers are expected to grow between 18 and 20 inches.  Females grow slightly smaller, growing to be around 17 to 19 inches.  Males will weigh around 35 to 45 pounds.  Females typically weigh between 30 and 40 pounds.  Dogs of this breed are expected to live around 12 to 15 years.


Buyer Beware:

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is known to develop wasting disease.  This disease initially causes loss of appetite followed by weight loss.  In the advanced stage, this breed may suffer from seizures, vomiting, skin lesions, and possibly kidney failure.  It should also be noted that the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier does not tolerate heat all that well.  If an owner is living in a hot area, they should probably consider another breed.



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