All About the Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
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The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 18 to 19 inches.
Weight: 35 to 40 pounds.
Females – Height: 17 to 18 inches.
Weight: 30 to 35 pounds.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are commonly wheaten.
Though Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are from the Terrier family, they are not as scrappy as other Terrier breeds. Happy dogs, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are adaptable and self-confident, as well as affectionate and fun-loving. They very much enjoy the company of humans.
A medium-energy breed, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier requires more exercise than other Terriers. They enjoy long walks and playing in the yard, though they must be monitored if small animals are around because they surrender to their natural hunting instinct.
- Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers differ from other Terriers in that they have a soft, wavy single coat that covers the body, legs and head.
- They are a high-maintenance grooming breed, and their long coats need brushed every other day. They do not shed and their coats mat easily.
- They have wideset almond eyes and small to medium ears on their rectangular heads.
12 to 14 years
The most common health concern for Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers is protein wasting diseases. Renal dysplasia and allergies are less common but still occur within the breed, while progressive retinal atrophy, canine hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand Disease and heart problems are seen occasionally.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers have a low tolerance for hot climates and a medium tolerance for cold climates.
Though they sometimes jump up on children or other pets, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are very good with families. They like kids and are usually friendly to other dogs and household pets.
- Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers originated as farm dogs in Ireland.
- Many owners docked their Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers’ tails so that they would not have to pay extra money in taxes, which were levied on the dog’s tail length.
- The dogs made their U.S. debut in the 1940s, though they were not recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1973.