Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier​ - Terrier Group

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Breed Group: Terrier Group

Size Group: Medium Dog Breeds

Origin: Ireland

Height: 18”-19” (male) 17”-18” (female)

Weight: 35 – 40lbs (male) 30-35 (female)

Color: Wheaten

Lifespan12-14 years

Temperament: Loyal, stubborn, joyful, friendly



The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier started as farmhand, guarding the farm from trouble, herding cattle and removing vermin. To this day, they make alert watchdogs. They have evolved into sweet loveable companions for singles and families alike. This breed is friendly, lively and sometimes stubborn.

Wheatens wavy and silky coat will require a decent amount of grooming. They will chase anything that moves, so keep them in a secure area or on a leash when outside. They need continuous training to stay on track.

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The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was once exclusively a pup for the impoverished. It was nicknamed the “poor man’s wolfhound”.


Wheatens are typically healthy pups. Some health concerns to be aware of include protein-losing enteropathy, protein-losing nephropathy, elbow dysplasia, cataracts, Addison’s disease, renal dysplasia, and allergies. Before bringing a new pup home, always request health screening from both parent pups.

While you always hope your pet will live a long and healthy life, it is always a good idea to invest in pet health insurance.

Keeping your dog’s mouth clean and problem free goes a long way to your pup’s overall health. Dental hygiene can be the cause or can be the byproduct of other serious health issues.

Visual inspections can be performed to keep track of the signs of potentially waning oral health. These signs can be anything from bad breath to abnormal chewing to loss of appetite.

Keeping ahead of these warning signs can pay dividends. A preventative approach can delay and stop many of the common dental problems from arising.

Oral health can be tackled in five basic steps:

  1. Brushing your dog’s teeth to prevent an undesirable buildup of plaque
  2. Feed your dog a diet where the high quality dog food has dental benefits
  3. Regularly give your dog dental toys and treats
  4. Use mouthwash, to help where brushing misses
  5. At the sign of any abnormalities, consult a vet. You can even do it virtually, from the convenience of your home.

Dogs are just like humans in that they can experience anxiety. The degree to which they are susceptible to anxiety and how they deal with anxiety is breed specific. Left unchecked, initial signs of anxiety could give way to an anxiety disorder. The symptoms of anxiety disorders can lead to a myriad of behavior issues.

Knowing the signs and symptoms will best equip you to keep ahead of it and to nip it in the bud at the earliest signs. There are options available to help with anxiety.

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Wheatens are considered hypoallergenic. Their coats will still need a significant amount of attention. Brush your pup daily to attend to matts and tangles. Bathe your pup at least once a month but not too frequently, which can lead to skin irritation. Keep their eyes and ears clean and clear of debris. Clip your pup’s nails regularly and brush their teeth several times per week.


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This breed has maintained a very high prey drive. You should always keep your pup on a leash or in a secure fenced in area when outside of the house. They have tons of energy and will need at least an hour of physical activity per day. Walking, jogging, biking, hiking and lots of fetch will all please your pup.


Your fully grown Wheaten will eat around 3 cups of food per day over two meals. The exact requirements for your dog will vary with age and activity level.


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As with all dogs, early socialization with humans and other dogs is vital. Training a wheaten is a lifelong commitment. This breed is intelligent and extroverted, usually training will be a breeze. Make sure your training sessions are varied and full of positive reinforcement.

Proper training is essential to ensuring the safety of your dog and those around you. Having your dog come when they should, and in general having them listen is something you want to address early in your pup’s life, as it will pay dividends down the line. There are many tried and true training programs to accomplish this training – faster and better than you might think!

Unless you’re living on a farm, or have the space, a yipping dog, or one that barks all day when you are gone could be an issue with the neighbors and/or landlord. Historically, dogs would bark to communicate with the rest of the pack when hunting and bark as a warning shot to predators eyeing up their flock. Barking is deep rooted in dogs and manifests itself in many ways and for a variety of reasons.

Just like any habit or instinct, there are effective ways you can train this issue away.

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A solid Glucosamine Supplement for hips and joints will go a long way to helping your furry friend.

Other helpful supplements include full-spectrum hemp oil or CBD oil. Fish oil skin and coat supplement.

Ensuring a comprehensive preventative vitamin and mineral plan is essential to keeping your dog healthy. Truth is, there are vitamins and minerals that your dog needs, but doesn’t produce naturally. While many of these vitamins and minerals can be found in your dog’s current diet and dog food, the question becomes, are there enough vitamins to ensure they aren’t deficient.

Poor nutrition can lead to some of the most common health issues, such as weak joints, compromised immunity, increased allergies, and low energy.

Vitamins play a vital role in your pet’s health and overall life expectancy. Here are some multivitamin and joint relief options.

As regulations around marijuana have eased, the emergence of CBD oils for humans and dogs have sprung up.

Just to begin to dispel the negative stigma, CBD extract comes from Hemp, marijuana’s cousin. Unlike its cousin, there are no psychoactive qualities in CBD oil. An emerging number of clinical and institutional studies have shown the wide variety of healing qualities in CBD, including pain management, and the containment of seizures and epileptic episodes.

Explore this remedy further to see all the health benefits that have transformed the lives of so many dogs to date.

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