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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is thought to be the traditional Irish farm dog. It was the poorer folk's dog; large enough to enforce its presence but not so large that it was expensive to keep. It was bred as an all purpose dog to herd sheep and cattle, catch a range of vermin, keep watch around farm boundaries to repel intruders and be a family companion. They were also known to accompany their master on hunter or poaching outings.


Average lifespan

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier can live up to 13 years of age.

Average size and weight

44cm to 49.5cm
13kg to 20.4kg

Care requirements

Breed personality, characteristics & temperament

The Soft Coated Wheaten is an elegant long legged terrier, the ‘teddy-bear’ soft cuddly dog that is a delightful and faithful companion. It is a good family dog, orienting to the group rather than to one family member. It is generally good with children. It is happy and steady in temperament, carrying itself with an air of self-confidence. They are an alert dog that shows interest in the environment. They are less aggressive than is encouraged in some of the other terrier breeds.

Compatibility with other pets

Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers vary in their compatibility with cats and other household pets depending on the individual personality of the dog and their upbringing. There may be some conflict with adult dogs of the same sex.

Care requirements

The coat of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier sheds little and is a continuous growing coat. They require regular brushing and combing to remove dead hair and prevent matting. They also need to be trimmed or tidied up throughout the year. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is an active breed and needs regular exercise. A fenced yard is ideal. Daily walks are an advantage.

Decision time

Ideal owners

Since the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is good with children it is an ideal family pet. They love to be with people and are a loyal companion.

Click here for advice on adopting a rescue dog and finding a breeder. All information has been provided by the Kennel Club.

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