The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is spirited, alert, lively, active and intelligent. These extroverted dogs are straight-forward to train and are able to quickly learn what is expected of them. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers tend to be loving with children and get along with other dogs. If they are socialized early on with other pets then there shouldn't be any problems once they are fully grown. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers is generally quieter than other smaller terrier breeds, but will still bark at strangers. These dogs love their owners and family and always want to please them.
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If Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are well groomed then they should moult very little in the home. These dogs are usually trimmed to a set style, where the hair around the face, feet, neck, chest and belly is left longer than the rest of the body. The loose hairs need to combed out every so often, even though the coat doesn't shed seasonally.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers do well at a variety of dog sports such as agility and fly-ball. They are extremely active dogs and need plenty of opportunities to burn off their energy. They need to be challenged when being trained and exercised or they lose motivation if it is too easy-going for them.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is believed to have evolved from the old English rough coated black and tan terrier, the Skye Terrier and some Irish breeds. These dogs were valued by farmers in earlier days when they were used as guard dogs, hunters and as shooting companions. They were generally a jack-of-all-trades.
General Appearance: Compact, sturdy and alert.
Color: Wheaten - pale yellow to fawn.
Coat: Silky, soft and either slightly curly or loosely waved.
Tail: Erect and customarily docked to a length of 10-13 cm (3-4 inches).
Ears: Set high, V-shaped and folded forward.
Body: The chest is moderately wide and the shoulders are well laid back. The back is strong and level and the fore and hind legs are well muscled.
Younger Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are often darker and their coats lighten by about 18 months.