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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier  Information

 

Description of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a unique breed in that it doesn't develop the wonderful golden wheaten color until it is about two years of age. Puppies are born black and then gradually lighten and change as they mature. The single coat is long and silky to the touch with natural waves. The body is square and compact yet powerful looking. The legs are strong looking and solid and are very straight. The head is rectangular in shape with a strong muzzle and jaw. The ears are folded over very close to the head and blend in with the longer hair that frames the face. The almond shaped eyes are hazel or darker brown, and light eyes are considered a fault for show dogs.

Temperament of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Breed 

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is much calmer than many of the terrier breeds and makes an ideal pet for a family. They tend to have a lot of tolerance for children if they are properly socialized and will even get along well with other dogs, both larger and smaller. Some males can be somewhat dog aggressive but socialization, training and neutering will usually prevent this problem. Since they are a hunting breed they are not recommended for households with other pets, particularly cats. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are very easy to train and love to be with their families and please everyone. They are natural protectors and will bark at strangers but are not considered as yappy dogs. The gentle and almost puppy behavior of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier does not change as the dog matures which makes it a fun loving companion all its life.

Grooming & Shedding of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

The soft, silky hair of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier should not be brushed, rather a medium toothed comb should be used every other day to keep the knots and mats out of the coat. Brushing will cause the hair to break and become frizzy, which is not desirable in the breed. Infrequent dry powder bathing is preferred and wet bathe only when absolutely necessary. The breed does need to have the eyes and ears checked and cleaned regularly. Pay particular attention to tearing in the eyes or wax build-up or irritation in the ears.

History of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Breed

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was originally bred in Ireland as a herding, hunting and guard dog. The breed was gradually moved into more of a companion dog role and although well known in its native land it wasn't recognized as a breed in Ireland until 1937. The breed was recognized by the Kennel Club of the UK in 1943 and not in the American Kennel Club until 1973.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Health Issues
  • Major Concerns: protein wasting diseases (PLE and PLN)
  • Minor Concerns: allergies, renal dysplasia
  • Occasionally seen: von Willebrand's disease, canine hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
  • Suggested tests: hip, eye, heart, urine and blood protein

 

Characteristics of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Breed

Height

Males 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)

Females 17-19 inches (43-48 cm)

Weight

Males 35-45 pounds (16-20 kg)

Females 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)

Lifespan

12-15 years

Exercise

Medium

Apartment

Yes

Families

Yes

Young Children

Yes

Need exercise space

Yes – small yard or regular walks, avoid exercising in heat

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