Soft coated Wheaten terrier is an ancient breed native to ireland. The common people were forbidden to own a coursing or hunting dog breeds, for example the famous Irish Wolfhound, so they bred their own dog. That is why they were nicknamed as poor mans wolfhound. These dogs were closely related to Kerry blue terrier.
Wheatens are not only good hunters, like most of the other terriers. The common people used them for a lot of tasks, including herding, hunting, killing vermin, and being a watchdog and family pet. And they were good at all of it. Today, thanks to their versitality, they are also great at dog sports like agility, herding trials and tracking.
3) Puppy color
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are known for their beige coat, but when they are born, they can be in completely different color, which will change in their adulthood. You can even find cream and white puppies and some of them even have black tipping.
This breed is no pushover to train, but that is something you can expect from all the Terriers. They are not stupid, not at all, but they have mind of their own and they know how to be stubborn. That is why you have to be firm, absolutely consistent and patient trainer. Reward based training should be the best type of training for this breed.
Wheatens are highly active breed. They are always ready for a long walk or jog, but their favourite is vigorous playtime. They are known as bouncers, because they just jump up and down when they are excited. I know it sounds adorable, but it can get out of your hands very quickly, when they start licking your face like crazy.
6) Diving Champion
Did you know that there is a diving dog championship? Most of the time, this is a competition for Retrievers, which are bred to swim and dive, but there is a one Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier named Krista who can compete with them and that was in TOP 10 diving dogs in the world.
7) Shaggy coat
The Wheatens coat is great looking, but as with many other breeds, that have similar shaggy coats, they can be pretty messy. Leaves, mud, snow, fecal matter, and other debris cling to his rough coat and ends up all over your house. And their beard absorb water and wet food, which will be also dripping all around the house. You should be prepared for it, when getting a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.
8) Social dogs
Wheatens love to be around their family and owners, they are very social dogs. That is all good, if you have enough time for them. But if you leave them regularly for long periods of time alone, they may develop separation anxiety and they can start barking excessively or chew on your furniture.
9) Wheaten Greetin
If there is someting, where Wheatens differ a lot from a typical terrier, than it is how much they love people. They are not aloof at all, especially towards people they already met. And they love welcoming them. that there’s even a name for the way they greet new friends: It’s called the “Wheaten Greeting,”
Soft coated wheaten terrier is medium sized dog with squared body and triangular head. They should be 17-19 inches tall which is 43-48 cm and their weight should be between 30-40 pounds which is 14-18 kg. The females are naturally little bit smaller than males.