The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a graceful, medium sized, non-shedding dog belonging to the AKC Terrier Group. This intelligent, hardy dog is playful and very loving. They do well with families with respectful children. Usually born black, their coats lighten as they become adults and will require daily combing to avoid matting. They do well in any environment, even apartments, but will require moderate exercise such as daily walks. May be hard to control by any meek owner that does not play the role of alpha.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Facts:
Grooming: The non-shedding, long coat of a Wheaten needs daily combing to avoid matting.
Social Skills: Wheatens get along fine with other dogs and household pets if raised with them. Quick movements of cats can arouse the 'terrier" in them.
Personality: Very playful, friendly, and loveable companions.
Children: Excellent with respectful children.
Housing: Very adaptable. Can thrive in apartments, condos, or the country. Excellent for people with allergies.
Exercise: Medium. Small yards and/or neighborhood walks are fine.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily. Needs firmness.
Health: Prone to flea allergies and protein wasting disease. More information on Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier inherited health disorders.
History: Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers have an origin from Ireland and were used as farm herders and hunters of vermin.The Wheaten is probably one of the oldest irish dog breeds and was introduced to the USA in 1946, but not recognized by the AKC until 1973.