Originally bred to be an all purpose farm dog (used to kill vermin, for herding and for hunting) the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier also makes a great pet for any household because of their lovable nature.
Because it has hair instead of fur, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has a unique trait amongst other dog breeds – it is a hypoallergenic dog, meaning a person with allergies or asthma can own this dog with little or no allergic reactions.
Wheaten Terrier’s Rarely Shed
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has a square structured build and an average height of 18.5 inches (47cm) and weighs about 35 to 40 pounds (16-18kg) for males. Females being slightly smaller are around 17.5 inches (44cm) in height and weighs 30-65 pounds (14-16kg).
Their hair color ranges between wheat and white, which does not appear until maturity – puppies are born darker and lighten as they age. Because Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier’s have hair instead of fur, they rarely shed at all, only a few hairs per day (similar to a human).
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier do require their hair having to be trimmed occasionally since it continues to grow longer and longer. When training a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, it is always best to use a less harsh tone or else the end result is a dog that either fears you or becomes constantly aggressive.
Loves Humans and Attention
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier love humans as much as they love attention. So you can have different family and friends giving it more attention especially during the initial period of ownership. Although they are a healthy breed of dog, the Soft Coated Wheaten terrier does sometime have health issues such as, problems with their eyes and hips. On average, the Wheaten lives up to 12-15 years.