Should I Get a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?

Learn all about the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier dog before deciding this dog breed is right for your family.

By Juliette Cunliffe | Posted: September 4, 2012, 8 p.m. EDT

Soft Coated Wheaten TerrierThe Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a natural terrier dog breed with strong sporting instincts. This dog breed should be spirited and game, but good-tempered with plenty of confidence. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a delightful companion, affectionate and intelligent, and seems to have a marvelous sense of humor.

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier manages to combine the alert intelligence of a terrier dog breed with the steadiness of a working dog breed. They have stamina, gameness, strength, intelligence and a joy for living. This dog breed is somewhat steadier than many other terrier dog breeds, and is incredibly loyal to its family. However, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are not the perfect dog breed for everyone, as they can be somewhat stubborn and rather headstrong.

As puppies, these dogs are exuberant, and somehow they still have that joy for living in adulthood and retain a medium to high energy level throughout their lives.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers do like to be close to the people of whom they are most fond, and seem happy to adapt to life in either the country or the city. Wherever these dogs live, it is important that they be given plenty of time and attention. This dog breed must be taught to accept its standing in the family’s pecking order, for this dog breed often wants to be the leader and can be a little headstrong.

Discipline should be given to the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier consistently; while this should be firm, it should never under any circumstances be harsh. It is important that this dog breed be taught to respect his owner, but his high spirit should never be broken. Although Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers can be trained, they need a firm hand. In general, training requires somewhat more time and dedication from the owner than would be required for many other dog breeds.

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier generally gets along well with children; with children these dogs can be very loving. However, dogs and small children should always be introduced under careful supervision so that accidents never occur. Young children should be taught not to pull at the dog’s long coat.

If socialized when young, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier also gets along reasonably with other dogs, but cats can be quite a different matter. Because cats move quickly, the terrier instinct is easily alerted, and "attack” is frequently the next step. As with so many dog breeds, it may indeed be possible to bring up a dog alongside the family cat, but a strange cat encountered in the yard will usually need to make a very rapid get-away.

As with the other terrier dog breeds, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are keen to chase small rodents. If the family’s other pet is something like a guinea pig or a hamster, it should be kept out of harm’s way!


Excerpt from Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, part of the Comprehensive Owner’s Guide series, with permission from its publisher, Kennel Club Books, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier here.

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Walter   bloomingdale, Illinois

3/1/2015 5:42:04 AM

I just lost my soft hair wheaten terrier after twelve years. My love for this dog was the strongest ever and the same went for the dog. Many years of enjoyment and kept me going strong for a long time. I would love to have another one but the dog will out last me for sure, and I feel this would not be fair to the dog. I have never bonded to any thing like I did with this dog.

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Ron   Nashville, Tennessee

5/13/2014 12:25:12 AM

This article is a fantastic introduction to the Soft-Coated Wheaten breed. We are searching for one presently. Keep up the good work.

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Doug   Robbinsville, New Jersey

4/10/2014 1:03:51 PM


I never had a dog before. My friend just got one of these and I think he's great. I am looking for a small to medium dog (no more tan 50 lbs). My additional challenge is that I have a profoundly autistic son. I want to find a dog that is easier to train and does not bark too much. Any and all help would be appreciated.

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