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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #502015: #472014: #49
Name Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Other names Wheaten, Wheatie, Irish Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Origin Ireland
Breed Group Terrier (AKC:1973)(UKC)
Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years
Temperament AffectionateEnergeticFaithfulIntelligentPlayfulSpirited
Height Male: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm) Female: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm)
Weight Male: 35-45 pounds (16-20 kg) Female: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)
Colors Wheaten
Litter Size 5-8 puppies
Puppy Price Average $800 - $1000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 4 starsThe Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is good for apartment life. These dogs are moderately active indoors and a small yard will do. This breed does not tolerate heat very well.
Barking Tendencies 3 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 1 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 4 stars
Exercise Needs 4 starsThe Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier can get by with moderate exercise as long as it is taken for daily walks.
Grooming 5 starsHigh Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog's coat in good shape. Professional groomers can be sought after for assistance. Professional trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 3 starsHypoallergenic: Yes
Intelligence 4 starsRanking: #40. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 5 stars
Shedding Level 2 starsMinimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.
Stranger Friendly 4 stars
Trainability 4 starsModerately Easy Training: Patience and positive reinforcement in training works best with this breed. Being a terrier, it can sometimes be stubborn.
Watchdog Ability 4 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Max Bella
02 Buddy Luna
03 Bentley Lulu
04 Jack Zoey
05 Toby Lilly
06 Teddy Molly
07 Lucky Zoey
08 Milo Coco
09 Murphy Maya
10 Cody Sasha
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The soft-coated Wheaten terrier is an all-around dog, square-proportioned, graceful and strong, not exaggerated in any way. It is large enough to function as a general farm worker yet agile enough to perform its job as vermin exterminator. Its gait is free and lively with good reach and drive; the tail held erect. Its abundant, soft, single coat distinguishes it from all other terriers. It is long and silky with a gentle wave. The overall appearance is one of grace and strength in an alert and happy dog.

The Wheaten makes a playful companion at home and a fun-loving partner in the field. It is affectionate, congenial and much gentler than most terriers. It is generally responsive to its owner's wishes but can be headstrong at times. It is good with children (although some may be overly boisterous with small children) and usually good with other household dogs and pets. It may dig or jump.

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is an old breed, probably of over 200 years. It is one of the terriers of Ireland and most likely shares common ancestors with the Kerry Blue and Irish Terriers. As with many terriers, it was a dog of the common, working people and had to earn its keep. It was used to hunt otter and badger and as a guardian against intruders. As old as the breed is, it did not receive recognition as a separate breed until 1937.