Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Overview

Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are somewhat unique within the terrier family: they have all the lively, clever, stubborn and persistent qualities of their cousins, but are also steady and easygoing like working dogs—not to mention their distinct silky and wavy coat. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a loyal companion whose chief motto is: “Entertain me!” These small dogs are extroverts, and need lots of human interaction and opportunities to do interesting things. If that energy isn’t directed somewhere, they’ll get into mischief in the form of chewing, digging or barking. They need up to an hour of exercise, but will relish more time to play fetch, chase and run around. If you work long hours or travel frequently, don’t get a Wheaten Terrier—these aren’t the type of dogs you can leave alone or in the kennel for a few hours.

Wheaten Terriers never truly grow up or settle down, and will always act like exuberant puppies. This breed requires extra grooming care for their flowing fur and adorable but messy beards, which tend to hang on to food, water, and any debris from the outdoors gets caught in his fluffy coat. If you’re looking for a devoted dog who’s happy to see you when you come home, they’re it—Wheaten Terriers will greet you at the door with their signature bouncing and barking, ready to give you a kiss.

Did you know?

This breed was first recorded in Ireland in 1785. At the time, only gentry were allowed to own hounds and hunting dogs, so Irish farmers started breeding their own all-purpose terriers for herding, guarding livestock and hunting vermin. Voila—the Soft Haired Wheaten Terrier was born.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Hypoallergenic Hypoallergenic*

Popularity ranking**
17-19 in / 30-40 lbs (M)
Average lifespan
12-14 years
Activity level
Vocal and protective
Barking level
Vocal and protective
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

3-5 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

1-2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed Daily

Dog Food

Feeding your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

As a high-energy breed, your Wheaten Terrier needs a meat protein-based diet rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, but also rich in antioxidants and probiotics to help promote good digestive health. By the time your Wheaten Terrier is an adult they should be on a schedule of one bowl of food a day, or two smaller meals, depending on their eating habits. To keep their flowing coat shiny, you can also sprinkle a little corn or safflower oil over their food. Their long beards make them defacto messy eaters, so you’ll need to wipe their mouths after mealtime. 


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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