Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

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Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier


The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is a purebred dog originating from Ireland. The four coat varieties are: Traditional Irish, Heavy Irish, English, and American. The Wheaten was bred in Ireland for over 200 years to be an all-purpose farm dog whose duties included herding, watching and guarding livestock, and vermin hunting and killing. Despite its long history, the Wheaten was not recognized as a breed in Ireland by the Irish Kennel Club until 1937, and until 1943, by the British Kennel Club in the UK as well.


The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is an energetic and playful dog. It requires patience and consistent positive training. Harsh methods will often result in fear and/or aggression. A positive, even-handed approach works best with this intelligent yet headstrong terrier. It is an enthusiastic greeter, and will often jump up to lick a person’s face, commonly referred to as the “Wheaten greetin”. If socialized with cats and puppies, they may get along fine with them; if not, care should be taken in introducing them to cats, as the breed has a very strong “prey drive” because of its vermin-hunting origin. They are extremely friendly and loving pets, and are also very protective of their families.


Average, these dogs do best when they are exercised regularly. They are cool weather dogs and can become easily overheated in hot weather.


From 45 to 50 cm and / Between 14 and 20 kg .


Soft and silky, loosely waved or curly .


Wheaten or rust color.



(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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