Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Dog Breed
- General Appearance:
- Soft Coated Wheaten terriers are medium sized breeds of dog who originate from Ireland. They have a square and sturdy frame with a soft and silky coat that does not shed making them a good choice for those with allergies.The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier's coat is this breeds' most distinguishing feature. It is medium long, abundant, soft, silky, and slightly wavy. Although they are a single coat breed, their hair continuously grows and provides insulation and protection. Puppies are born black, but at maturation the coat ranges from gold to reddish-gold to silver. This breed is low shedding.
- Other Names:
- Country Of Origin:Ireland
- Dog Group Kennel Club:Terrier
- Wheaten, with white and red coats not being desirable. Puppies have darker coats.
- Wheaten Terriers have a good nature and show intelligence and confidence. They are affectionate to all, including visitors. Wheatens have a typical terrier attitude but are trainable. A happy, well-balanced and friendly terrier, the Wheaten possesses grace and pride. They are self-confident, easy-going, and deeply devoted to their family. They get along well with older children and with dogs they have been raised with. This breed is not suitable for homes with cats or other small household pets. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier requires a great deal of effort and commitment and is not recommended for novice dog owners.
- Lively and far reaching with high carriage of head and tail.
- Care and training:
- This is a high maintenance breed that requires daily combing to prevent mats and tangles. Professional trimming is needed four to six times per year. Bathing or dry shampooing should be done when necessary. It is important to clean and check the eyes and ears on a consistent basis.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is typically independent and stubborn and requires a dominant owner. However, they are quick to learn and eager to please. Early socialization and basic obedience is recommended. Due to their sensitive nature they do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed training methods. They do best with patience, praise, consistency, firmness, and fairness.
- Overall Exercise:
- 40-60 minutes
Athletic and energetic, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier enjoys many family activities such as hiking, play sessions, and walks. A securely fenced yard where they can romp and run is ideal.
- Feeding Requirements:
- Feeding will cost in the region of £4 to £5 per week.
- Personal Protection:Medium
- Suitability As Guard Dog:Medium
- Level of Aggression:Medium
- Compatibility With Other Animals:Low
- Suitability for Children:Medium
- Often Docked?Yes
- Average Litter Size:5-6
- Life Expectancy (yrs):12-14
- Health issues:
- PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), colitis, Addison's disease, cancer, hip dysplasia, kidney diseases and allergic skin problems.
- There are no exact origins of the Wheaten Terrier but soft coated terriers have existed in Ireland for many centuries. A dog of the poor, in the 1700s laws were established preventing certain people from owning a dog that was worth more than 5 lbs. Thus, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers were prevalent among the poor, soon becoming unnoticeable to fanciers. It is believed the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier may have been crossed with a blue dog that swam to shore from a shipwreck in the Tralee Bay around 190 years ago. This blue terrier was said to have bred with the soft coated terriers native to the island, and from this came the Kerry Blue Terrier. This breed is also said to have been a progenitor of the Irish Terrier. They were originally used to guard the farm and its animals and sometimes to hunt game or be a water retriever. Used as an all-purpose farm dog, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is also thought to be related to the Glen of Imaal Terrier. They were used as companions, herding dogs, to hunt rats and rabbits, and generally as a dog-of-all-trades.