Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

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Breed Group: Terrier
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Originating in Ireland, this breed was used as an all-purpose farmers' dog. They were vermin killers, guard dogs, herders of sheep and cattle, hunters on land and in water, and a deterrent to trespassers. By 1932 this breed had nearly vanished, but were saved from becoming extinct by dog fancier Patrick Blake. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is highly intelligent and extremely versatile. They are steadily gaining in popularity in the United States.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is medium-sized, compact, agile, and powerful. They possess stamina, gameness, strength, and gaiety. This breed is more steady and stable than most terriers. They have not been overly refined and retain the many fine attributes they were originally developed with.
A happy, well-balanced and friendly terrier, the Wheaten possesses grace and pride. They are self-confident, easy-going, and deeply devoted to their family. They get along well with older children and with dogs they have been raised with. This breed is not suitable for homes with cats or other small household pets. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier requires a great deal of effort and commitment and is not recommended for novice dog owners. This breed rarely barks, however, due to their size and loyalty they make an excellent dog for personal protection. They are very sensitive and reflect the moods of those around them.
This is a high maintenance breed that requires daily combing to prevent mats and tangles. Professional trimming is needed four to six times per year. Bathing or dry shampooing should be done when necessary. It is important to clean and check the eyes and ears on a consistent basis. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is prone to flea allergies, Addison's disease, PLN, and PLE. They do not do well in hot climates.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier's coat is this breeds' most distinguishing feature. It is medium long, abundant, soft, silky, and slightly wavy. Although they are a single coat breed, their hair continuously grows and provides insulation and protection. Puppies are born black, but at maturation the coat ranges from gold to reddish-gold to silver. This breed is low shedding.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is typically independent and stubborn and requires a dominant owner. However, they are quick to learn and eager to please. Early socialization and basic obedience is recommended. Due to their sensitive nature they do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed training methods. They do best with patience, praise, consistency, firmness, and fairness. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier excels in agility and fly-ball competition and is used with great success as a therapy dog.
Athletic and energetic, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier enjoys many family activities such as hiking, play sessions, and walks. A securely fenced yard where they can romp and run is ideal. They will do well in an apartment or condominium dwelling provided they are sufficiently exercised and receive an appropriate amount of attention and stimulation.
Male: 35-45; Female: 30-40 lbs
Male: 18-20 Female: 17-19 inches
Puppies are born black, but lighten to the final adult wheaten color by about two years of age.
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers sold is $925.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $2,100 upwards to $5,800 or even more for a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers sold is $900.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $925.00
Average Price: $900.00
Top Quality: $2,100.00 to $5,800.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 6093 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 6093 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier dogs.
  • 1. Lance
  • 2. Molly
  • 3. Sasha
  • 4. Bella
  • 5. Buddy
  • 6. Ginger
  • 7. Katie
  • 8. Riley
  • 9. Rosie
  • 10. Murphy
  • 11. Finn
  • 12. Willow
  • 13. Teddy
  • 14. Bradley
  • 15. Max
  • 16. Buster
  • 17. Dora
  • 18. Maggie
  • 19. Sam
  • 20. Boomer

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I have been raising soft coated wheatens for 17 years and all mine are sweet and lovable and no health problems. I sell mine with AKC registration and one year health guarantee. You will never get a shy or timid puppy from me cause we socialize with pups from the time they are born. And are raise around kids so the pups love all they meet.

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Anonymous asked:
I’m looking for a dog or puppy that would be considered hypoallergenic does anyone have a suggestion of type of dog. Thanks

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The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is considered hypoallergenic, however please note that there are two different types of animal allergies. One is when the person is allergic to animal dander, which means that they would be allergic to other animals such as cats, horses, ect. The other is when the person is allergic to the proteins in the dogs saliva, mucus and sweat. These proteins become air-born and when the person whom is allergic breathes them in, they have a reaction. These proteins also live on the skin and fur; so if the dog is pet by a person and they have a reaction as well.

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A month after having a litter of pups, our mamma Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier dog started pooping in the house. Anyone else dealt with this and have any advice?

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If you are not giving your mamma dog enough time away from her puppies, then she will start pooping in the house because she has no other choice. If the mamma dog has a break every 2 hours (right after feeding); then it may be medical and it is time to go see the vet.

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After almost 2 years of grieving for the loss of my Wheaten, I think I am ready to buy/adopt another Wheaten. Actually, I think I have enough love to care for two dogs, perhaps a Wheaten and another breed. So I have a few questions. First, if I am going to end up with 2 different breeds, do I want a male or a female Wheaten? I assume my second dog would need to be the opposite sex. Do I want a puppy (although I would rather not go through all the training) or an adult Wheaten for adaptability or to ensure that he/she gets along well with the other breed? Do I want 2 puppies or a puppy and an adult? I am thinking of a Labrador Retriever or a Golden Retriever for the second choice, would that be a good mix with a Wheaten? Since I would really prefer a Wheaten that is already housebroken and had basic training, does anyone know of any breeders or places where I might buy a Wheaten that is somewhat older than a puppy (let's say anywhere from 6 months to 2-3 years old)?



First off, don't get two puppies. Period. It is not a life you want to live. Secondly, either female or male would work for your Wheaten, it all depends on your preferences. As for the second dog, you are correct that the dog should be of the opposite gender. Whether it should be a puppy or not will depend on your Wheaten and how friendly he/she is with puppies compared to adult dogs. Sometimes breeders have puppies that are returned or that don't work out, so contact some in your area and/or on this site and ask if they have adults or older puppies available. Stick with one dog for at least 6 months before you get another dog so that you have a chance to bond with the Wheaten before adding another dog into the mix.


I totally disagree with that comment. Wheaten owner of 24 years. We had a male wheaten 11 years old, purchased a female puppy because Vet said he would live longer with a companion. He got cancer and died when Holly was 1. We went to purchase a male, but there was a male and a female (twin siblings). They were ramble rousing in the cage and inseparable. When we got Holly, her brother had just been taken the day before and she was timid and skiddish. My husband and I decided that we wouldn't do that to the two puppies so we took them both. Holly, Lily, and Grady lived a full full life better than most dogs until they were 13 & 14. It was definitely challenging to have two puppies, but they were hooked to each others hip and Holly took over the mommy role. She potty trained them through the dog door and we never had a mess in the house after the first week. You need a lot of energy and totally devoted to your pups to get two, but to say generally don't get two puppies, I disagree. It was the best thing we ever did. My 5th Wheaten is 8 months old and I wish we had gotten his sister too. He is dying for a sibling or mate to play with. Plays with my daughters lab puppy, but she is 60 miles away. Puppies need puppies, I'm sure of it. You gotta be the best parents though.


Never! I repeat, NEVER get two puppies at once. Insanity.

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How do you groom the Wheaten dog?

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I comb my Wheaten everyday to avoid getting mats and keep debris out of his hair. I take him to the groomer every 6 weeks. I bathe him inbetween. They need good care.

Anonymous asked:
I have a sick Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. My Vet doesn't know what's wrong with him, I feel like he is on his last leg. Just wondered if anyone has experienced this with their Wheaten Terrier? He is 11 years old and was in good health.



First of all, unless you actually say what symptoms your dog has, no one can help you. Secondly, getting a second and third opinion from other licensed Vets would be your only choice now. The Wheaten Terrier's average life-span is 10 - 12 years. So being 11 is about average for a Wheaten Terrier to possibly start fading. But no one on the internet is going to be able to help. Contact other local Vets in your area and bring your dog to them.


My sweet Wheaten was around 13 when she started having seizures. She needed to be on phenobarbital 3 times a day as it was most likely cancer or a brain tumor. 6 months after the start of the seizures she passed peacefully laying next me. We are all crushed! We miss her so much. Wheaten's usually get cancer, most that I know have. No way to prepare for how hard it is when they get sick and go downhill.


We lost our sweet baby to kidney failure, couldn't eat, and was vomiting. She was 12 yrs, plus 9 mos old


My beautiful Wheaten Terrier was about 12 years old when she started making these breathing noises as if she was gasping for breath. I took her to my vet and it was determined it was allergies. The medicine didn't work and it got worse. After going to AMC in Manhattan, It was determined that she had a nasal tumor which started bleeding. There was nothing to be done as they cannot do surgery and I would not put her under anesthesia at her age. I took her to a holistic medicine doctor and it stopped the bleeding and gave her about 6 more months of quality time with her, then there was nothing for us to do but euthanize her when we saw her suffering.


I just had to have my wonderful 13 years plus rescue Wheaton euthanized on Saturday. What a heart breaker. He started slowing down about 4 months ago and within the last week he was almost comatose even after seeing the vet as few day before he went. It was amazing how fast the down hill slide was.


Have the vet check for Addison’s Disease. After almost losing my beloved Wheaten, the very last blood test showed the disease. Which is apparently common for the breed, however not common enough for the vet to check.


I agree with prior note. We just lost our beautiful girl 3 weeks. Started slowing down 4-5 months ago and we found a white blood cell red blood cell issue. After a sonogram they found spots in the kidneys. She was 13 1/2 years. We are crushed. Have blood work done and look into kidneys cancer and Addison’s disease. Good luck

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Updated: 7/1/2022