The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, an exuberant Irish farm dog, is happy, friendly,
deeply devoted, and just stubborn enough to remind you he’s a terrier.

Size

The Wheaten Terrier is a medium sized dog with an averaged height of 17-19 inches at the shoulder and will weigh 30-40lbs as an adult.

Grooming

The Wheaten’s soft, silky coat requires a fair amount of maintenance. They require a reagular brushing 3-4 times a week.

Exercise

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has a medium to high energy level that does not diminish, even in old age. They need plenty of exercise every day.

Health

Wheatens are generally healthy dogs and often have a lifespan that can range from 12-14 years.

HOW THEY STACK UP

Wheatens are one of the most loyal and fun dog
breeds around. Here are just a few stats on how they stack up to the competition

Energy5

Intelligence10

Health7

Easy to Train10

Good With Kids10

Good With Pets10

Lack of Shedding9

Playfulness7

Size5

Affectionate7

Climate10

Grooming4

If you are looking for a friendly, happy, deeply devoted medium sized small dog that will love your family as much you love them, then we have the dog for you. The Wheaten Terrier is the breed for you.

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is one of four terrier breeds that are native to Ireland. According to legend, when the Spanish Armada sunk off the coast of Ireland, the blue dogs on the ships swam ashore and were welcomed by wheaten-colored terriers. Breeding between these dogs is supposed to have produced the Kerry Blue Irish Terrier.

Irish peasants owned Wheatens because they were not permitted to own hounds, Beagles, or spaniels; by law, those breeds were reserved for the gentry—people who had money to their names. Wheatens became known as the “poor man’s Wolfhound”

Because they couldn't own the aforementioned dogs, poor farmers used Wheatens to perform pretty much every job on the farm. They herded livestock, hunted vermin, guarded the property and family, and worked as gun dogs. To this day, Wheatens have retained their versatility. They often compete in agility, tracking, and herding competitions.

The Wheaten's signature pale beige coat does not come in until he reaches adulthood. Wheaten puppies are born different colors, including white or creme (and beyond!), and puppies under a year may carry deeper coloring and occasional black tipping.

A Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, named Krista, came within an inch of being in the top 10 at last year's national diving dog championship. Krista jumped 10 feet 2 inches into the water. Her performance was impressive, considering she was competing against retrievers bred to dive and swim and other breeds much bigger than she is. In the preliminary events before the championship finals, Krista earned one first-place and two third-place ribbons.

Even though they were owned by Irish peasants, some Wheatens still found their way into artwork. An example is the 1843 work, “The Aran Fisherman's Drowned Child,” by Frederic William Burton.