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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft-Coated-Wheaten-Terrier

An Enthusiastic Dog

Affectionate, Gentle, Playful

Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and some can be quite irritating! 

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier came from, which health conditions are a risk to them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:17-19" Weight:30-40 lb Lifespan:12-14 years

Size
3

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and frequent play sessions. They are athletic dogs that excel at dog sports like agility, obedience, and flyball. They are also sensitive to warm temperatures; avoid any prolonged exposure and be very alert to the signs of heat stress.

Grooming: Comb their coat as needed at least weekly to keep them mat free. They will need trimming 3-4 times a year.

Dental: Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are happy and animated, with a spring in their step. They can be willful, but with a patient and confident leader they make a loving and docile family companion.

Positive Traits:

  • Bouncy, cheerful, loyal, and enthusiastic

  • Confident, steady, and fearless

  • Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark

  • Lively, with a friendly personality

  • Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable

  • Energetic and playful

Negative Traits:

  • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

  • Can be headstrong when negative-reinforcement training methods are used

  • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

  • Strong prey drive—will chase and grab things that run, including cats and children

  • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

  • Likes to dig

Whether you are considering adding a new Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier could encounter:

Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's)

Kidney Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Distichiasis

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier originated in Ireland over 200 years ago. They were bred as an all-purpose farm dog used to herd and guard livestock and to control vermin populations. Wheatens have a shiny and silky single layer coat that sheds minimally but does require regular grooming. 

Wheaten Terriers are highly spirited and retain their puppy attitude throughout their lifetime. They are notorious for jumping vigorously and twirling when happy or excited: the “Wheaten greeting.” Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are great playmates for older children and do well with other dogs. They are intelligent and people-oriented dogs that prefer to be included in all family activities.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier shows signs of the following:

  • General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea

  • Chronic vomiting or diarrhea

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Bumping into objects, startles easily

  • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Dragging the hind toes and hind limb weakness

  • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

  • Greasy, hairless patches on skin and redness in ears

  • Fragile skin that tears easily, lameness or weakness

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain


  • Care

    Routine Care: Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and frequent play sessions. They are athletic dogs that excel at dog sports like agility, obedience, and flyball. They are also sensitive to warm temperatures; avoid any prolonged exposure and be very alert to the signs of heat stress.

    Grooming: Comb their coat as needed at least weekly to keep them mat free. They will need trimming 3-4 times a year.

    Dental: Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are happy and animated, with a spring in their step. They can be willful, but with a patient and confident leader they make a loving and docile family companion.

    Positive Traits:

    • Bouncy, cheerful, loyal, and enthusiastic

    • Confident, steady, and fearless

    • Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark

    • Lively, with a friendly personality

    • Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable

    • Energetic and playful

    Negative Traits:

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

    • Can be headstrong when negative-reinforcement training methods are used

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

    • Strong prey drive—will chase and grab things that run, including cats and children

    • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

    • Likes to dig

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier could encounter:

    Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's)

    Kidney Disease

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Distichiasis

  • History

    The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier originated in Ireland over 200 years ago. They were bred as an all-purpose farm dog used to herd and guard livestock and to control vermin populations. Wheatens have a shiny and silky single layer coat that sheds minimally but does require regular grooming. 

    Wheaten Terriers are highly spirited and retain their puppy attitude throughout their lifetime. They are notorious for jumping vigorously and twirling when happy or excited: the “Wheaten greeting.” Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are great playmates for older children and do well with other dogs. They are intelligent and people-oriented dogs that prefer to be included in all family activities.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier shows signs of the following:

    • General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea

    • Chronic vomiting or diarrhea

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Bumping into objects, startles easily

    • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Dragging the hind toes and hind limb weakness

    • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

    • Greasy, hairless patches on skin and redness in ears

    • Fragile skin that tears easily, lameness or weakness

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain


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