Dog Profiles - Description of Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Description: The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized, hardy, well balanced sporting terrier, square in outline. Distinguished by his soft, silky, gently waving coat of warm wheaten color and his steady disposition. He is a jolly breed who will retain his carefree puppy-ness right into adulthood. Puppies are born dark apricot but lighten to a clear golden wheaten color by two years of age.

Height: 18-19 inches

Weight: 35-45 lbs.

Colors: A good, clear wheaten, the shade of ripening wheat; white and red equally objectionable; dark shading on ears not untypical.

Coat: Soft and silky.

Temperament: Lively, loyal, energetic. Gets along well with considerate children. Usually accepts other household pets. Should be socialized at a young age to get along with cats. Good hunting dog and family pet. Good watch dog. Fair to poor guard dog.

Care and Exercise: Constant care is needed to maintain his flowing coat. Daily combing with a medium-tooth comb is recommended to keep him tangle free. Trim fringes from ears, feet and under the tail. Give him regular brushing of the teeth, nail clipping and ear and eye cleaning. Bathing or dry shampooing only when necessary. He needs moderate but regular exercise to prevent boredom.

Training: Needs to be trained from an early age. Highly intelligent they will learn quickly. He has a straightforward nature and should be handled in a straightforward manner. Learning Rate: High, Obedience: Medium, Problem Solving: High.

Activity: High

Living Environment: Adapts well to urban living. An apartment is fine if he is exercised daily. Owners of a Soft-Coated Wheaten should be calm, patient with no overbearing tendencies.

Health Issues: Progressive retinal atrophy, colitis, hip dysplasia, kidney diseases and allergic skin problems.

Life Span: 12-14 Years

Litter Size: 5-6

Country of Origin: Ireland

History: There is no exact origins of the Wheaten Terrier but soft coated terriers have existed in Ireland for many centuries. It is said he may have been crossed with the Kerry Blue Terrier. He was originally used to guard the farm and it's animals and sometimes to hunt game or be a water retriever.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 3), KC(GB), UKC