Breeds 101

Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier


The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier is one of the three large Terriers of Ireland; It is related to both the Kerry Blue and Irish Terriers. The breed was indigenous to the counties of Kerry and Cork in southern Ireland.

The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier is prized for its abundant silky coat.; For centuries it was an all-purpose worker, used for guarding, droving, herding and hunting.

Probably the last intense of Ireland’s terriers, the Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier has recently become a fashionable and enjoyable companion in Canada and the United States; The Soft-coated Wheaten terrier came to the U.S. in 1946, and the AKC recognized it in 1973.

Its rightful popularity is based on a versatility that stems from an ancient Irish law prohibiting peasants from owning hunting dogs. The Wheaten, most definitely “peasant” in appearance, was developed to overcome this restriction.

The result is, by terrier standards – a fine competitor in obedience and agility trials, as well as affectionate companion in the home.


Medium: Females: 17 to 18 inches, 30 to 35 pounds; Males: 18 to 19 inches, 35 to 40 pounds.




Affectionate, gentle, adaptable; good with children; can be too boisterous for some; active, alert; less aggressive than some Terriers.

Energy Level.

Medium to high, mellows with age.

Best owner:

Active owner with training experience.


Daily exercise, leash, fenced yard, consistent training; Brushing or combing every two days, and bathing and trimming every other month.

Life Expectancy:

12 to 14 years.