Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Resource

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

A dog-of-all-work that has been known in Ireland for more than 200 years, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is thought to share the same ancestry as the Kerry Blue Terrier. As vermin catcher, hunting companion and guard dog, the breed was useful but attracted little attention from purebred fanciers until 1932, when some Wheatens were exhibited at a terrier match. This was enough to gain some support for them. A club was organized to promote their interests, and the newly discovered breed was christened the Irish Wheaten Terrier. This name proved to be too similar to Irish Terrier, another native breed, so the name was changed to Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. First shown in a completely natural state, the Wheaten now boasts a highly stylized scissored trim. Even pet dogs require considerable grooming to keep their coats looking trim, with daily brushing a must. This is a bouncy, good-natured breed whose soft coat comes in shades of pale gold (pups are sometimes quite dark, then lighten as they mature). Males measure 18.5 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 35 to 40 pounds, females slightly less. Exercise needs are moderate; a couple of good walks each day will keep the Wheaten happy. This is a family dog that enjoys children and fits well into most homes.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Medium Dog Breed
Any shade of wheaten.

Soft and silky with a slight wave.


Brush daily. Regular grooming.

Life Expectancy:
12 to 14 years
AKC Group:
Terrier Group
UKC Group:
17 to 19 inches at the shoulder
30 to 40 pounds