Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

This merry breed is set apart from other terriers by a soft, silky, gently waving coat, of warm wheaten color, much like the color of ripening wheat.They maintain their youthful vigor well into old age. Topping out at 19 inches and 40 pounds, this sturdy, square soft-coated working terrier is happiest with their families and must be raised with a gentle but firm hand.

  • Personality: Happy, friendly, and deeply devoted; just stubborn enough to remind you they’re terriers
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; exuberant and fun-loving, but not as scrappy as the typical terrier. Happy Wheatens jump (the Wheaten Greeting!).
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision and for Children Over Seven Years of Age
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Non-Shedding
  • Grooming: Brushing/Combing - twice/week; Bath and Haircut - every four weeks
  • Trainability: Eager to Please
  • Height: 18-19 inches (male), 17-18 inches (female)
  • Weight: 35-40 pounds (male), 30-35 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

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The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a native of Ireland.

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  • General Appearance

    The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized, hardy, well balanced sporting terrier, square in outline. He is distinguished by his soft, silky, gently waving coat of warm wheaten color and his particularly steady disposition. The breed requires moderation both in structure and presentation, and any exaggerations are to be shunned. He should present the overall appearance of an alert and happy animal, graceful, strong and well coordinated.

  • Head

    Well balanced and in proportion to the body. Rectangular in appearance; moderately long. Powerful with no suggestion of coarseness. Eyes dark reddish brown or brown, medium in size, slightly almond shaped and set fairly wide apart. Eye rims black. Major Fault - Anything approaching a yellow eye. Ears small to medium in size, breaking level with the skull and dropping slightly forward, the inside edge of the ear lying next to the cheek and pointing to the ground rather than to the eye. A hound ear or a high-breaking ear is not typical and should be severely penalized. 

  • Body

    Neck medium in length, clean and strong, not throaty. Carried proudly, it gradually widens, blending smoothly into the body. Back strong and level. Body compact; relatively short coupled. Chest is deep. Ribs are well sprung but without roundness.

  • Forequarters

    Shoulders well laid back, clean and smooth; well knit. Forelegs straight and well boned. All dewclaws should be removed. Feet are round and compact with good depth of pad. Pads black. Nails dark.


  • Coat

    A distinguishing characteristic of the breed which sets the dog apart from all other terriers. An abundant single coat covering the entire body, legs and head; coat on the latter falls forward to shade the eyes. Texture soft and silky with a gentle wave. In both puppies and adolescents, the mature wavy coat is generally not yet evident. Major Faults - Woolly or harsh, crisp or cottony, frizzy, kinky or standaway coat; in the adult, a straight coat is also objectionable.

  • Hindquarters

    Hind legs well developed with well bent stifles turning neither in nor out; hocks well let down and parallel to each other. All dewclaws should be removed. The presence of dewclaws on the hind legs should be penalized. Feet are round and compact with good depth of pad. Pads black. Nails dark.





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