Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, origin and physical characteristics

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, origin and physical characteristics

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a friend to everyone. He is all fun and games but he can be a bit stubborn when it comes to training.


During over 200 years, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was developed in Ireland for multiple tasks. He was used for the hunting of vermin, to herd, and as a faithful guard dog. In Ireland, people would usually call them the “poor man’s hound”.

This dog breed shares an ancestry with they Irish Terrier and the Kerry Blue Terrier.  This dog has a long history but it took a while for the Irish Kennel Club to recognize it as a breed until 1937. The first Wheatens came to America around 1940.

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Physical characteristics

As puppies, these dogs dark coats colored white, brown, red or mahogany. The red and brown puppies grow older to become whiter with some black, white, or darker than brown “guard” hairs.

This medium-sized dog ranges on average from 17 to 20 inches (43 to 51 cm) in height and about 30 to 45 pounds (14 to 20 kg) in weight. There are some differences between the Irish and the American version. The coat of the Irish, for example, tends to be silkier and thinner than the American variety.


The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is very playful and energetic. Due to his alertness, he makes a great guard dog. He likes to be around kids and is very playful with them.

Caring for a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

As long as he gets enough exercise, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier can easily adapt to apartment life. Remember that this is a hunter and, as such, needs to exercise. This pooch should live inside the house with his family and not left alone outdoors. Socialize him early and play with him. He will need around 15 minutes of walk every day.


This dog is pretty intelligent and with a mind of his own, so training must be consistent. He responds well to positive reinforcement. Conversely, he will not react properly if harsh methods are being used.

Fun Facts

  • This versatile dog is the combination of the steady working dog and the alert intelligence of a terrier.
  • They love to dig so get ready for some holes in your backyard.
  • The coat of the Wheaten attracts dirt, snow, and debris, so get yourself a good broom.

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