The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is one of the AKC recognized breeds that hasn’t reached a huge level of popularity. Like most terriers, this breed requires daily vigorous exercise- a long walk or hike or an exciting game of fetch and chase in a fenced in area will do.
Bred to be a farm dog, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier assisted farmers in vermin control, guarding livestock, watchdog, and herding. Friendly with strangers, a Wheaten isn’t a protection dog, but the breed is noted for barking at the arrival of someone to the home.
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Top 10 Facts:
1. A squarely proportioned breed, they are as long as they are tall.
2. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers don’t shed much, but they do require weekly grooming to avoid matting of their fur.
3. Wheatens are alert, happy, and active dogs.
4. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers require consistent and firm training throughout their lives.
5. Wheatens make a great family pet, getting along well with children and being protective of their family members.
6. A nice medium sized dog, the soft coated wheaten terrier weighs 30-40 lbs. once full grown.
7. Wheaten puppies are born with darker coats that lighten as they age. Going from a chocolate brown to the light white wheat color for which they are named.
8. This breed originated in Ireland and is related to both the Kerry Blue Terrier & the Irish Terrier- these three are the largest of the terrier breeds.
9. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers have a nice long lifespan of 12-15 years on average.
10. Proper socialization between the Wheatens and other dogs and pets is essential at a young age to be sure positive interactions will be achieved as an adult.