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 Wheaten Terrier Temperament

 Wheaten Terrier temperament

Wheaten Terrier Temperament

 Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are not your typical terrier in that they are less stubborn and independent minded than others in the Terrier group.

This is not say that Wheaten Terriers don’t have a wilful streak at all, but they are very easy to train and adapt well to most situations with good socialization and training.

Like all terriers however they are quick minded and can easily become bored or non responsive with repetitive training.

The Wheaten Terrier temperament means these friendly dogs retain their puppy sense of play and fun well into adulthood which make them great playmates for children, not being prone to snapping or biting like many other terrier breeds.

They bond closely with their family and are  happiest when their family are around them, whilst they can tolerate some time alone they do best when they are at the centre of family life, they are as content to go for a walk or run with you as they are to lie down in front of a warm fire and relax at the end of a busy day.

The breed is not  likely to become a problem barker and will usually only bark just to let the family know when someone new or strange has arrived. They may be somewhat stand-offish with new people but generally accept people after a few visits.

Children: Always a puppy at heart Soft Coated Wheatens are great with kids and loves to romp and play, they will have few problems as long as children understand how to respect the dog.

Protection level: Will bark to alert the family when visitors or strangers arrive.

Animals: they don’t have  the same high prey drive as other terriers, but are probably not suitable to live with cats unless raised with them, however they do make excellent companions for other dogs in the house.

Exercise: Wheatens love to run and play,these aren't shrinking violets and like to be in the thick of the action. Being hardy they also make a great walking companion .

Coat: Single coat, silky relatively long and wavy, but not curly or frizzy, noticeable beard around the chops, considered to be particularly suitable for people with allergies.

Soft coated Wheaten Terrier Information and Breed Notes

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The Wheaten Terrier Temperament Is Good Natured, Spirited, Affectionate and Independent

Grooming: Straightforward and easy to clean, with some brushing recommended to avoid tangles and knots. Only bathe your Wheaten Terrier when necessary and use only dog recommended products. Do not over wash the breed or the hair will become damaged leading to matting.

Health:The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has few Health Problems. One condition that is of concern with the breed  however are  the protein wasting diseases (PLN and PLE). These conditions are immune diseases that often don't become noticeable until the dog is over five years of age. Other conditions that may be an issue include  Renal Dysplasia, skin allergies,hip dysplasia, von Willebrands Disease and Progressive Retinal Atrophy. Finding a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

The ideal Wheaten Terrier owner is experienced and strong willed to curb the breed's natural exuberance, able to offer full participation in an active family life. As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club


 Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are relative latecomers to the breed classifications, but have been an integral part of Irish farming communities where they originated for generations. The breed was formally recognized in Ireland in 1937, followed by the Westminster Kennel club in 1943 and finally the American Kennel Club as late as 1973. The Wheaten Terrier is likely a cross between the Kerry Blue Terrier and one of the larger mixed terrier breeds.

Developed as an all round farm dog, Wheaten Terriers have quietly served in this role for many generations being employed at various times in destroying vermin, ( ever a terrier's primary function) rounding up farm animals, retrieving game and guarding the homestead.

Comparable Breeds

Kerry Blue Terrier Cairn Terrier

Kerry BlueTerrier

Cairn Terrier


Recognised By                  The American Kennel Club

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Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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