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.
Daily kibble serving
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.