Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (Terrier Group)
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is an athletic and playful member of the Terrier Group. Fun-loving and an outside adventurer, these dogs are more gentle than most terriers. They are sensitive and a joy to have around the children. Families that want a house dog that will be well-mannered inside yet on the go when outside playing will enjoy the Soft Coated Wheaten as a family companion.
This one one terrier that is overly friendly towards other dogs, pets, and even strange people. Always on the lookout for a new friend, be it human or canine, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is amiable and easy to train. They also have a tendency to jump and dig when given the chance.
A Brief History Of The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has its roots from Ireland and is documented as being around since the 1700s. This breed is one of only three types of large terriers coming out of Ireland. It’s usefulness back then was as a trusted herding dog, a hunter of vermin, and an all-around great farming dog.
Although the breed’s early history is without documentation, experts say that the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a progenitor of the Kerry Blue Terrier. For years, the Irish admired this dog as not only a winner in the show ring, but also a dog that kept up with its accountability as a hunter of rabbit, badger, and rodents.
The breed gained recognition by the English Kennel Club in 1943. By 1946, the first Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier made its way to the United States. At first they did not gain much public attention, taking almost thirty years to become recognized by the AKC, which happened in 1973.
Upkeep Requirements For The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
The Wheaten is the type of dog that must have the best of both words: time to play and roam outside, yet spend as much time indoors as necessary. They are moderately active dogs that can get the exercise it needs from a few brisk walks each day and a safe area to run around in. They have a tendency to hunt and chase so the outside area should be safely fenced in.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers can tolerate moderately cool temperatures but cannot stand the heat. The ideal living arrangement is to allow access to the yard during the day and to sleep indoors at night with the family. Wheatens thrive on human contact and are devoted to its human masters. Grooming requirements call for a combing every two to three days. Shedding is not a problem with the breed but loose hair may mat up if not kept neat.
The average lifespan of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is between twelve and fourteen years. Major Health Concerns that run common in the breed are PLN and PLE, both of which are protein losing diseases. Minor health issues include Addison’s disease and renal dysplasia. Rarely seen is CHD and PRA. Veterinarians suggest that the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier get specifically tested for hip and eye problems.