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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

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Physical Characteristics


Breed Group:

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a member of the Terrier Group.


Male: 35-40 lb.; female: 30-35 lb.


Male: 18-19 inches; female 17-18 inches.


A puppy’s coat is red or mahogany. Adults have coats of any shade of wheaten.


This terrier sports an abundant coat with long, soft, silky hair in a gentle wave.



This self-confident breed is brave and strong. The Wheaten looks happy and alert.

Country of Origin:



The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier may be a forerunner of the Kerry Blue Terrier. One legend suggests that with the sinking of the Spanish Armada, surviving blue terriers swam to Ireland where terriers sporting soft wheaten coats welcomed them. As a farm dog in the 1700s, the terrier performed tasks such as guarding the homestead, herding stock and hunting vermin. As gundogs, they retrieved game.


Irish Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Nickname: Wheaten.


The affectionate Wheaten is gentle and playful. This curious dog takes an interest in its environment. The breed is friendly to strangers.



Provide socialization with the surroundings, children and adults when young. This responsive breed likes to please. Consistent and positive training works well. Consider the Wheaten’s short attention span and headstrong tendencies. Obedience class may help.


The Wheaten needs a daily workout. Great activities include playing games and running loose in a safe, enclosed area. This dog enjoys moderate to long walks. Be aware that the Wheaten likes to hunt and chase.


This breed lives best indoors with a family. Although the Wheaten may be rough with small children, this dog is a good friend to children and other pets. Provide a safe, enclosed yard. This vocal dog has watchdog abilities. However, this sweet-tempered breed is too friendly with strangers and perhaps burglars to be a good guard dog. Consider the grooming requirements.


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