Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Terrier Group

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 17-18 in, Males 18-19 in

Weight

Females 30-35 lbs, Males 35-40 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-14 yrs

History

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier originated in Ireland in the 1700's. They were bred to be all-purpose farm dog, tasked with ratting, guarding livestock, herding, and even hunting. They were commonly referred to as the "poor man's wolfhound", as they were owned by peasants and never by gentry. They are known as being a great pet choice for those who want a terrier but find the full-blown terrier personality to be a bit overwhelming.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★★☆

★☆☆

★☆

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Confident, lively, and exuberant

Love to dig, chase small animals, and bark

Very adaptable and can adjust to almost any living environment

Very affectionate and require a lot of attention- they're known to become destructive if left alone for long periods of time

Can be stubborn and difficult to train, but respond well to positive reinforcement