Thinking about purchasing an Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Profile
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized, hardy, well balanced sporting terrier, square in outline. They are distinguished by their soft, silky, gently waving coat of warm wheaten color and their steady disposition. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, when trimmed for show, have blocky appendages and a long face. They have smaller drop ears and a soft covering of medium length fur all over the body. The fur on the face is profuse and often covers the eyes. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are a jolly breed who will retain their carefree puppy-ness right into adulthood. Puppies are born dark apricot but lighten to a clear golden wheaten color by two years of age. They do not reach full maturity until at least two years of age. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers were once a dog of commoners, simply often ignored as a breed. But the breed of today has become somewhat popular in countries around the world, and makes quite the friend. They are playful but stubborn, being the self-confident terrier that it is. Although, they are less aggressive than your average terrier. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a one-of-a-kind family dog that can also serve as an all-purpose farm dog.
Height: 17 - 19.5 inches.
Colors: A good, clear wheaten,
the shade of ripening wheat; white and red equally objectionable; dark shading
on ears not atypical. Any shade from light wheaten to golden red.
Temperament: Soft Coated
Wheaten Terriers are lively, loyal, energetic and fun. They have puppy characteristics
well into their adult years. Playful and exuberant, the Wheaten Terrier matures
slowly, only becoming fully mature at 2 years of age. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
are like the common terrier, inquisitive, peppy, somewhat protective, stubborn
and still playful. They are self confident, but less aggressive than the average
terrier. They love to be with family and absolutely loathe being alone.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Care and Exercise: Constant care is
needed to maintain the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier's flowing coat. Daily combing
with a medium-tooth comb is recommended to keep them tangle free. Trim fringes
from ears, feet and under the tail. Give them regular brushing of the teeth,
nail clipping and ear and eye cleaning. Bathe or dry shampoo them only when
necessary. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers need moderate but regular exercise to
prevent boredom. A daily walk should suffice.
Activity: High. They have
a typical terrier mentality.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Health Issues: PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), colitis, Addison's disease, cancer, hip dysplasia, kidney diseases and allergic skin problems.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin: Ireland
First Registered by the AKC:
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