Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

Softcoated Wheaten Terrier
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Ireland
Group: Terrier
Height: 17-20 in.
Weight: 30-45 lbs.
Life span: 12-15 yrs.
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: yes with gentle children
Good with other pets: with early socialization,
may view cats & small animals as prey

What is the origin of the Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier?

This old-around farm dog, used for hunting vermin, guarding the house, herding livestock, originated in Ireland hundreds of years ago. The first Wheaten arrived in the U.S. in 1946.

What does the Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier look like?

Wheatens are strong dogs, 17-20 inches tall, weighing 30-45 lbs. The head is rectangular and powerful. Ears are small, folding over forward. Eyes are almond-shaped, medium size, hazel or dark brown. Feet are round. The docked tail is carried high. The coat is soft and silky, medium long. Color is any shade of wheat. The coat requires combing every couple of days and trimming if you like, every other month.

What is the temperament of the Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier?

Wheatens are very affectionate. Early socialization with other dogs will make them more compatible. Unless raised with cats, they may view them as prey. Wheatens are wonderful with children. They s hould be obedfience trained early with a firm but kind hand. Wheatens bond closely with their family and are very loving. Wheatens are comfortable with living in an apartment as long as they have their daily walks.

What is the Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier used for?

Though the Wheaten was once a hunter, it is now a valued family companion.


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