American Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

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  1. Irish Vs American Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  2. Irish Vs American Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  3. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier America
  4. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Puppies

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is named after its silky, soft coat. Their wheaten color is a darker brown shade as puppies and gets lighter until they are about 2 years old. Originating in Ireland, this breed was brought to the United States in 1946. Is abundant and wheaten-colored and falls in soft waves in adulthood. Character The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is active, but not hyperactive. It is always eager to make new friends. It is alert and watchful, cheerful and curious. The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier originated in Ireland as an all-around farm dog, perhaps serving in this function for hundreds of years. Besides the ever-essential terrier function of extinguishing vermin, he also helped round up stock and guard the homestead.

The wheaten terrier is a friendly, outgoing chap, with an attractive wheat-colored coat. Developed as an all-around farm dog in Ireland, he likes to stay by your side in case you need help with anything. Two distinct coat types exist within the breed.

Irish Coat

Soft and silky, the Irish coat falls in soft curls following the shape and contours of the wheaten’s body. Shiny and fine on adult dogs, the puppy coat can be sparse and coarse, making him look a little shaggy before he grows into it. It can take three years or more for this coat to mature to its full splendid silkiness. This is the original coat type, allowing the dog to come in from the mud and rain needing very little clean-up from his farming duties. Indeed, photos of wheatens dating back to 100 years ago appear to have this coat.

English and American

This coat is denser and heavier, and although the mature coat also has soft waves and curls, it lacks the glossiness of the Irish coat. While some breeders distinguish the American coat as being even a bit denser than the English, most group these two together. The heavy-coated pup gains his mature look quicker than the Irish pup. The heavy-coated wheaten resembles a plush teddy bear, and he often has black ears and markings on the face.

Irish Vs American Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier


By the time the Irish-coated wheaten reaches about 2 years old, his coat will be soft but will still carry a few bristles. Because this type of coat doesn’t mat or tangle as easily as the heavier coats, you won’t have to groom him as much. Still, brushing him several times a week encourages bonding and gets him accustomed to being groomed. The English and American coats grow quickly and steadily throughout life and will need regular brushing. Professional grooming every three months or so will keep the heavy coat looking its best. A professional groomer will also be able to shape the hair of both types to achieve the typical wheaten look.


Wheaten terriers don’t shed like most dogs. Their coats keep growing like human hair and will need regular trimming. Low in dander, the wheaten is often recommended for dog-loving allergy sufferers.

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Irish vs american soft coated wheaten terrier
Wheaten Terrier
Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier standing as if at a conformation dog show
Other namesIrish Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
and variant spellings: 'Soft Coated' and 'Softcoated'
Common nicknamesWheaten or Wheatie
WeightMale14–20 kg (31–44 lb)
Female13.6–15.9 kg (30–35 lb)
HeightMale45 to 50 cm (18 to 20 inches)
Female43 to 46 cm (17 to 18 inches)
CoatSoft and silky, loosely waved or curly
ColorWheaten or ginger
Litter sizeup to 8
Life span10.7 to 12.5 years[1][2][3]
Classification / standards
FCIGroup 3 Terriers, Section 1 Large/medium-sized #040standard
ANKCGroup 2 (Terriers)standard
CKCGroup 4 – Terriersstandard
KC (UK)Terrierstandard
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier (Irish: An Brocaire Buí) is a pure breed terrier originating from Ireland. Wheatens typically have one of two coat types: Irish or Heavy (American). The Irish coat is generally silkier and wavier than the Heavy, or American coat, which is thicker and fuller. Wheatens are generally friendly and playful, and tend to get along well with children and other dogs.


The Wheaten was bred in Ireland for over two hundred years to be an all-purpose farm dog whose duties included herding, watching and guarding livestock, and vermin hunting and killing.[4] They share a common ancestry with the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Irish Terrier but were not owned by gentry.[4] In Ireland, they were commonly referred to as the 'Poor Man's Wolfhound.' Their tails used to be docked to avoid taxes and were often kept to a specific size.[5]

Despite its long history, the Wheaten was not recognised as a breed in Ireland by the Irish Kennel Club until 1937.[6][7] In 1943, the British Kennel Club recognised the breed in the UK as well.[8] The first Wheatens were exported to Lydia Vogel in the United States in the 1940s, but serious interest in the breed took another ten years to develop.[9] In the 1970s, the first Wheatens were imported into Australia by Anubis Kennels. Finally, in 1973, they were recognised by the American Kennel Club. Recent importation of Irish-style dogs have improved and broadened the gene pool. Today, Wheatens compete in obedience, agility, and tracking and are occasionally used in animal-assisted therapy as well.


Puppies have dark coats of red, brown, mahogany or white. Their muzzles and ears may be black or dark brown. The reddish-brown puppy coat gradually grows out to nearly white before maturing into a wheaten-colored coat as they get older. The adult coat typically matures by 3 years old and may contain black, white, or darker brown 'guard' hairs in addition to the lighter wheaten colored hair. If adults ever have skin injuries, the resulting hair growth (wound hair) will be the dark color of their puppy coat before it eventually grows out to the wheat color. It may also come out to a molten chocolate color, either white or milky colored fur .[10]

Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized dog, which ranges on average from 17 to 20 inches (43 to 51 cm) in height and about 30 to 45 pounds (14 to 20 kg) in weight. The breed has a square structure and is well built. Their soft, silky hair does not shed like most dogs; like human hair and Poodle hair, it keeps growing; they do need trimming and should be brushed and combed once a day to avoid mats. They are very smart dogs, and are easy to train. They love people, and they rarely have aggression issues if obtained from a reputable breeder.[11]

'The Aran Fisherman's Child', by Frederic William Burton, 1841

The Irish coat tends to be thinner and silkier than the American variety. The Irish coat has a devoted following in Ireland and Europe. Breeders of the pure Irish type believe this is the original working coat. The coat is not thin – breeders of the Irish type consider the American heavy coat to be 'bouffant', not that of the original working terrier type. There are a few breeders of the Irish type in the US and Canada. In the AKC conformation show ring, the judges do not always accept the Irish type well. The Irish is well received in the UK and Europe. The 'Heavy Irish' coat is usually a result of cross breeding between coat types – American/English coat with an Irish type. The Irish coat still requires daily brushing to stay free of matted hair.

The Wheatens seen in Ireland today are of the same size, shape and coat texture as those seen and documented well over 100 years ago. Evidence of this can be seen from the famous artwork 'The Aran Fisherman's Drowned Child' by the Irish painter Frederic William Burton.


Soft-coated Wheaten Terriers are generally a long-lived breed. They are susceptible to various heritable diseases, although are most known for two protein wasting conditions: protein-losing nephropathy (PLN), where the dogs lose protein via the kidneys;[12] and protein-losing enteropathy (PLE), where the dogs fail to fully absorb protein in their digestive tracts, causing it to pass in their stool. Both PLN and PLE are potentially fatal, but if caught early enough, can sometimes be managed with strict dietary changes and pharmaceuticals. Laboratory tests can aid in diagnosing PLN and PLE; Wheaten owners should check their country's advised testing protocols.[13] Research suggests that PLE and PLN often are more prevalent in female wheatens and often happen in concurrence, with PLE following diagnosis of PLN. While a genetic predisposition has been suggested, an unknown mode of inheritance remains.[14] Research programs, mainly in the United States and the United Kingdom, are looking for answers.[13][15]

Other Wheaten health issues are renal dysplasia, inflammatory bowel disease, Addison's disease,[16] and cancer. Some Wheatens can suffer from food and environmental allergies, and can be prone to developing the skin disease atopic dermatitis.[15] Potential owners of Wheaten Terriers should discuss health issues with a breeder before deciding to get a puppy.[17]


Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier puppy

The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier is an energetic and playful dog. It requires patience and consistent positive training. Harsh methods will often result in fear and/or aggression. A positive, even-handed approach works best with this intelligent yet headstrong terrier. It is an enthusiastic greeter, and will often jump up to lick a person's face, commonly referred to as the 'Wheaten greetin'.[18]Wheatens are considered less scrappy than other terriers, but they can be hyper and more active than many other breeds.[4] For this reason these dogs do best when they are exercised regularly.[4] They are cool weather dogs and can become easily overheated in hot weather. If socialised with cats and puppies, they may get along fine with them; if not, care should be taken in introducing them to cats, as the breed has a very strong 'prey drive' because of its vermin-hunting origin. Wheatens are extremely friendly and loving pets, and get along well with other dogs if properly socialised. Wheatens are very protective of their families and, although they may bark in alert at strangers, they rarely get aggressive. Many Wheaten owners thus say they make great watch dogs, but poor guard dogs. Wheatens are a great dog for children and are generally friendly towards them.


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  2. ^'Email General Health Survey (2000)'. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America.
  3. ^'General Health Survey (1999–2000)'. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America.
  4. ^ abcd'Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier'. AKC.
  5. ^'Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier History'. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  6. ^The Irish Kennel Club was established in 1922
  7. ^'History of the Wheaten'. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  8. ^'History of the Wheaten'. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  9. ^Robyn Alexander. 'History of the Breed − Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America'. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  10. ^Only the Irish coat fits this description for any of these standards.
  11. ^'Dogs That Do Not Shed'. Go Pets America. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  12. ^Delbert Carlson, DVM; et al. 'Protein-losing Nephropathy'. Go Pets America. Retrieved 25 October 2010.
  13. ^ abRobyn Alexander. 'Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America – Wheaten Health'. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  14. ^Littman, Meryl P.; Dambach, Donna M.; Vaden, Shelly L.; Giger, Urs (2000). 'Familial Protein-Losing Enteropathy and Protein-Losing Nephropathy in Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers: 222 Cases'. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 14 (1): 68–80. doi:10.1111/j.1939-1676.2000.tb01502.x. PMID10668820.
  15. ^ ab'Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Health'. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  16. ^Robyn Alexander. 'Addison's Disease or Hypoadrenocorticism'. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  17. ^' Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Database dog health'. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  18. ^'Archived copy'. Archived from the original on 26 August 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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