Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Dogs
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are sweet and lively pals. Playful and alert around the home, they really keep the mood upbeat. Wheatens can sometimes be a little headstrong, needing firm but positive training early on, but overall they are very easygoing and cooperative—especially when they get lots of exercise and attention. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers also make superb watchdogs.
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Ideal Human Companions
- City dwellers
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Things You Should Know
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers can live as long as 15 years. Common health issues include hip dysplasia and renal dysplasia. They are also prone to protein-loss in the intestines (known as PLE) and kidneys (known as PLN). Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers need daily grooming. You might consider combing rather than brushing to prevent their coats from becoming frizzy.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier History
Cherished for several centuries in Ireland, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers didn’t garner worldwide attention until their 1937 debut at the Irish Kennel Club Championship Show. No one knows for sure where or how they originated, but legend tells us that when the Spanish Armada sunk off the coast of Ireland, the little blue dogs that escaped the wreckage found wheaten-coated terriers waiting for them on shore.
The Look of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are hardy, medium-sized, square-built dogs covered in soft, silky, wheaten-color coats. They have powerful, rectangular heads, reddish brown eyes and upright, docked tails. Overall, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers have a sturdy but refined look.
Talk About Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
No better breed
Could there be any better breed? I think not, having the pleasure of raising and living with Wheaten Terriers over the past two decades, I cannot say enough good things about the breed. They adore people, are non-shedding, intelligent and cute as can be. Very loyal friends.
~Kristen W., owner of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
There will be lots of grooming, but it's worth it!
We lost our boy almost three months ago and though I will never forget him, we will be getting another in July. I can't imagine another breed. There is a lot of grooming, but it was worth every precious minute he was with us.
Ours was very headstrong as most terriers are, but wherever we went he was right there. He had an ability to understand many words and you could ask him things or mention something and I am sure he understood. He loved going anywhere, camping, fishing, rides, and vacations.
Gunner got PLE, which is a protein wasting disease and we tried to save him for a year. His zest for life was still shining the day before he died. They love snow and the water. They are a very playful breed, ready for anything.
~Cathy N., owner of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
A protective and easy-going pet
Murray was found on the side of the freeway in California. He was the most wonderful and easy-going fellow, and got along with our other dog from day one.
We could also meet all other dogs on walks as he was of such a mild temperament. He loved long walks and balls and squeaky toys and would pile up toys and tennis balls in my purse! He would always sleep at the foot of the bed and protect me from our cats, and he protected our guinea pig from the cats (although it was totally unnecessary!) but he liked having duties.
I would tell anyone considering a Wheaten that they are a wonderful, smart, loyal, loving dog that requires good long walks and daily playtime. They get along well with all other animals.
Murray got lymphoma at only 10 years old and was his beautiful self until the end, still trying to carry his toys. We will miss him forever. Please rescue a Wheaten and don't go to a breeder; too many are dying in our shelters.
~MC, owner of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Super Smart Dog!
Of all the dogs we've ever been owned by, our Wheaten, Jasper is the smartest, funniest, most headstrong boy yet. We adopted him from the shelter about 3 years ago, when they guessed him to be about 5. While pitifully unkempt at the time, he has flourished with good nutrition and love. He knew lots of commands and is the most obedient little guy. I say "bath" and he grudgingly heads for the shower, griping non-stop all the way! I wouldn't take a million for him.
~Cheryl B., owner of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Best dog ever
We've had Lilly for almost three years now, and she's the best dog I've ever had!
They can please pretty much anyone. If you want a bigger dog, they are a little larger than medium, so us guys can wrestle around with them in the backyard, but they are also cuddly and teddybear-like, so the ladies can cuddle with them on the couch.
The best part is that they have a beautiful coat that doesn't shed and will not bother people with allergies. You still need to brush them a few times a week, but we only groom Lilly two to three times a year and that seems to be enough (her hair is straight, though some are curly).
Lilly has a lot of energy to run around in the yard and go on long walks or runs, but she's also very mellow when you want to chill out at home. She is also incredibly sweet and gentle with our young children. We raised her as a pup when our son was a baby, so I think that makes a difference (I've heard that Wheatens not raised with kids around aren't as kid-friendly).
Watch out for them chewing stuff up as puppies, but they grow out of that quickly. Lilly is 3 and most people think she's much older, since she's so calm and well-behaved. I highly recommend this breed!
~Matt O., owner of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier