Terrier—Wheaten (Soft Coated)

The Wheaten is a Terrier with a distinctive appearance due to their wonderfully wavy, silken coat. Their beautiful hair even curls up and around their eyes, giving them that bed-head look all day. The medium sized body of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is strong, stout and square, the typical build of a terrier. 

Other Names
Wheaten, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, SCWT, Poor Man's Wolfhand
Country of Origin
Ireland
Colour
This dog has a beautiful coat that can transition between a pale tan, all the way to a shimmering, golden hue like ripening wheat.
Size
Medium
Height / Weight
Height 46-49cms and weigh between 16-20.5 kgs. Bitches measure 43-47cms; weight 13.5-18kgs.
Health
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is made of tough stuff and don't suffer from many health problems. They can be prone to skin conditions which can be reduced with grooming and proper skin care. As a highly active breed that can also suffer from hip dysplasia and PRA though breeders are screening for these conditions. At present the community is concerned about heart problems and investigations are ongoing.
Life Span
12-14 years
Intelligence
The Wheaten is an intelligent dog that is quick to learn, but they can be stubborn and independent.
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has a good appetite and doesn't tend to be fussy or have special dietary needs.

Feeding Cost
$10-$15 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers were originally farm dogs used to working in the outdoors and active all day. A Wheaton can become mischievous, unruly or even destructive if not given enough exercise so will not be suited to a small living situation or inactive living.
Ailments
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is made of tough stuff and don't suffer from many health problems. They can be prone to skin conditions which can be reduced with grooming and proper skin care. As a highly active breed that can also suffer from hip dysplasia and PRA though breeders are screening for these conditions. At present the community is concerned about heart problems and investigations are ongoing.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is known for its beautiful coat so you need to make sure you look after it! The coat is non-shedding and requires regular grooming to prevent tangles and matts which can cause discomfort for your pup. The adult coat comes in between the ages of seven and 24-months, so you will need be extra careful to groom well over this important period!

Grooming Frequency
More than once a week
Trimming
Occasional
The Wheaton was bred as a farming dog, the solution to vermin for the Irish Farmer. They soon developed a reputation as an excellent ratter and all round farming dog! They were recognised by the Irish Kennel Club in the 1930s and the UK Kennel Club in the 1940s. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has since become well loved for its personality and proof that the Irish can breed fantastic canines as well as racehorses!


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