Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

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Life span

15 Years


20 Kg


Terrier Dogs

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Overview

The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized dog that originates from Ireland. This dog breed is also known as a hypoallergenic dog, which is suitable for those that suffer from allergies. This gorgeous dog is energetic and playful and requires lots of patience from their owner during training. The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier is a headstrong dog and needs to be trained correctly to prevent naughty behaviour and any form of aggression to other dogs.

The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier comes in a variety of colours; from reddish-brown in their puppy days to a wheaten-coloured coat as they mature. In Some cases this dog breed can also be black and white; depending on their breeding parents.

The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier ranges in size, from 17-20 inches in height and between 30-45 pounds in weight. They have a square structure (both male and female). The love the company of others and grow very attached to their owner.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Characteristics

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History & Origin

Not much is known about the origin of the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier other than they are the oldest Irish terrier breed. The first known Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is said to have been imported into the UK back in 1939. 


Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Temperament

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is an inquisitive and lively dog and loves the attention of anyone in their company. This bound dog breed likes to spend their time entertaining and expressing their affection for their loved ones. This dog breed is people orientated, sociable and would suit any family. 

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Training

Training your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier should be done from a young age. This dog responds well to positive reinforcement training as well as obedience training. 


The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier has a rather unique coat and is a joy to maintain. Their coat is wonderful and shiny and when in full bloom it is at its best and tangle-free. They're non-shedding but they still need regular brushing to remove any dead hair.

As with all dog breeds, they require their teeth brushed regularly and their ears, eyes and paws checked on a regular basis. 


The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is prone to developing some hereditary conditions although not all will. Genetic testing can be done during the breeding process and all new owners must ask the relevant questions to their breeder. Listed below are some of the hereditary health conditions they're predisposed to:

  • Protein Losing Nephropathy
  • Renal Dysplasia
  • Canine Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Protein Losing Enteropathy


Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Exercise Needs

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is very active and therefore requires plenty of exercises and mental stimulation to be truly happy, well-balanced and healthy. This dog breed requires a minimum of 60 minutes of exercise on a daily basis as well as plenty of mental stimulation. 

They especially love to play games and one of their favourite games to play is fetch. This dog breed would suit an active family that loves the outdoors. 

Children and other pets

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is great with children and other household pets provided they are soaclised correctly from a young age. Playtime should always be supervised by a responsible adult to prevent rough play.