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.
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.
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.
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.