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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Country/Date of Origin: Ireland/1700s

An all-purpose farm dog bred in the south of Ireland, the Soft Coated Wheaten was kept down on the farm for centuries. Its prowess was a well kept secret. Wheatens can herd cattle and sheep, retrieve game, guard home and garden, and single-handedly eliminate vermin on a property. It has been recognized as a pure bred dog in Ireland since 1937 but didn't gain acceptance to the American Kennel Club until 1973.

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AKC Group: Terrier

Breed Club: The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America

Rescue Club: The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America Rescue

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Body Type:

  • Very similar in appearance to the Kerry Blue Terrier, which comes from the southern part of Ireland as well
  • Wheatens are somewhat shorter and lighter than the Kerry
  • Height: 18-19 inches tall (at shoulder)
  • Weight: 35-40 pounds
  • Button ears are not altered
  • Tail is docked short


  • Sweet natured and affectionate
  • An excellent children's pal and gets along well with other pets
  • Wants to please and is consequently easy to train


  • Wheaten colored coat is the hallmark of the breed
  • The soft hair and slightly wavy. Without frequent combing it will mat
  • Coat does not shed

Health Concerns:

  • Generally healthy
  • Some progressive retinal atrophy reported
  • Prone to allergic skin reactions
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • There are no hyphens in the breed name; they were eliminated by a vote of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club
  • Not prone to the dogfighting that other terriers seem to revel in
  • Puppies have a red cast to the coat with black face markings. They will fade to the adult coloration by the time they reach their second birthday
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