Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Description: The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized, hardy, well balanced sporting terrier, square in outline. Distinguished by their soft, silky, gently waving coat of warm wheaten color and their steady disposition. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are a jolly breed who will retain their 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: Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are lively, loyal, energetic
With Children: Yes, gets along well with considerate ones.
With Pets: Yes, usually accepts other household pets, should be socialized at a young age to get along with cats.
Special Skills: Hunting dog and family pet.
Guard-dog: Medium - Low
Care and Exercise: Constant care is needed to maintain the Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers flowing coat. Daily combing with a medium-tooth comb is recommended to keep them tangle free. Trim fringes from ears, feet and under the tail. Give them regular brushing of the teeth, nail clipping and ear and eye cleaning. Bathing or dry shampooing only when necessary. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers need moderate but regular exercise to prevent boredom.
Training: Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers need to be trained from an early age. Highly intelligent they will learn quickly. They have a straightforward nature and should be handled in a straightforward manner.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Medium, Problem Solving - High
Living Environment: Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers Adapt well to urban living. An apartment is fine if they are 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 they may have been crossed with the Kerry Blue Terrier. They were originally used to guard the farm and it's animals and sometimes to hunt game or be a water retriever.
First Registered by the AKC: 1973
AKC Group: Terrier
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 3), KC (GB), UKC