Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier


The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has a well-proportioned body that is sturdy and strong. The breed is well known for its coat that is profuse over its entire body. The coat is not wooly, but lies flat against its body. The fur on the face obstructs the eyes somewhat. It should have a tuft of fur under its chin that gives it the appearance of having a beard. Its head is long and broad. Its muzzle is long and with a well-defined stop. Its eyes are average in size and its nose is prominent. Both features are dark in color. The neck on this breed is average in length and transitions at a clean angle to its straight back. The tail is set in line with the back and docked. The limbs are well muscled. The front legs are positioned straight under the breed. The back legs are moderately angled.


The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a breed that is sociable and expressive. Upon entering the home, its owner may receive a warm welcome in the form of a jump to its legs. It has a high energy level and is very playful at times. Children appreciate its playful side, but it should only interact with school-aged children that know how to be gentle with dogs. It can be aggressive, but not to an excessive degree. It does fine with other dogs, but may treat small pets in its home as prey. This loyal protector can have a mind of its own, but is generally obedient. It responds well to training.

Height and Weight

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is about 17-20 inches and weighs about 35-40 pounds.

Health Problems

There are only a few health problems associated with the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Dysplasia of the retina and hip are common. The breed may also develop kidney and eye problems.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier can usually adapt to most environments, except for those that are characterized by high temperatures. It has an average activity level, but is suitable for living indoors with its family. If it resides outdoors it only needs an average-sized yard.


Since the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a somewhat active breed, it tends to get much of its exercise on its own. A daily walk is recommended for this breed.

Life Expectancy

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has an average life expectancy of 11-15 years.

Litter Size

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has an average litter size of 6 puppies.


The coat of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier will benefit from regular brushing. Its coat has the tendency to mat and tangle. The good news is that the coat does not shed.






As indicated by its name, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is characterized by wheaten color.