Expect to be greeted at the door with a loving kiss — your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier will probably beat your significant other to it. These happy, energetic dogs are as hypo-allergenic as they come, so you can breathe easy. Just make sure they get the occasional trim at the groomers to prevent scruffiness.
Male: 35-40 lbs. Female: 30-35 lbs.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are bouncy, energetic dogs who will appreciate a good walk every day. They make great jogging companions, but be sure to keep them on a leash — these hunting dogs can easily get distracted by small animals and run off.
This breed’s soft, silky coat is non-shedding, so they make a great choice for people who are allergic to animals or allergic to mess. While technically no dog is completely non-allergenic, Wheaten Terriers are as good as it gets. One thing to watch for, however, is the breed’s messy eating habits. Food can get caught in their beards and be wiped off elsewhere in the house — on your white love seat, for example.
Barking and Volume:
Though they will bark when a stranger is at the door or when they’re left alone for too long, barking is not a major issue with this breed.
Wheaten Terriers can be stubborn dogs, so be firm during training to show them who’s in charge. With consistency, they will come around–don’t give up. A puppy class is recommended.
Health Factors: This breed is susceptible to protein-losing nephropathy and enteropathy, Addison’s Disease, hip and renal dysplasia and eye problems. Many also have flea allergies. *A responsible breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: You should take your Wheaten Terrier to the groomer every few months to keep them looking neat.
Training: Basic training. A puppy class will do.
At a minimum you’ll need to spend about 15 minutes, two to three times a week, brushing your dog’s coat to prevent matting. However, daily brushing will help avoid the scruffy look. You should take your Wheaten Terrier to the groomer every few months for a professional trim.
This breed is well known for being friendly and gets along well with children. Just make sure you watch them around very small children, as their playful bounciness could knock a tot right over!
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Wheaten Terriers generally get along well with other dogs and household pets. However, always keep them supervised if small pets like birds and rabbits are around. The dog’s hunting instinct may kick in and things could get ugly.
Friendliness: Towards People
These dogs love attention from the family and are likely to jump right into your arms to greet you when you come home. They have a sweet, inquisitive temperament and will quickly warm up to new people.
BE PREPARED FOR: A bouncy, joyful new friend who requires quarterly trips to the groomer to keep him looking sharp.