Height: 17-19 inches
Weight: 30-40 lbs.
Life Span: 13-15 yrs.
Breed Group: Terriers
The most sedate of the terriers, the soft-coated wheaten makes a first-rate
companion with its happy, steady personality. Wheatens are wonderful, playful
family dogs that can adapt to city or suburban living as long as they are
exercised daily and given the human companionship they need.
They are eager to please and do well in obedience training. They love children
who treat them gently, get along with other animals, and are generally friendly
with strangers. They may bark as an alarm, but unlike other terriers, the
wheaten is not yappy.
The wheaten's soft, single, golden coat is more abundant than the coats
of other terriers. Pups may be black at birth and young dogs display black
tipping up to one year of age.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
The wheaten should be brushed and combed daily and trimmed every three months.
It is an energetic breed and requires long, brisk daily walks and romps
and playtime with its family in a safe, secured area.
The soft-coated wheaten terrier originated over 200 years ago in Ireland,
where it was used as an all-purpose worker, guarding, droving, herding,
It is especially important to obtain a soft-coated wheaten terrier from
a reputable breeder.
Breed-related health concerns: progressive retinal atrophy, congenital
kidney problems, allergies.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club