Breed Organization Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America Website: http://www.scwtca.org Native Country Ireland Other Names Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Wheaten Terrier, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Life Expectancy Approximately 12-14 Years Litter Size Average 4-6 Puppies Breed Group AKC Terrier
Breed Appearance Puppies have dark coats of either red, brown, mahogany or white. Their muzzles and ears may be black or dark brown. The dark puppy coat
gradually grows out to nearly white before maturing into a wheaten-colored coat as they get older. The adult coat may contain black, white, or darker brown "guard"
hairs in addition to the lighter wheaten-coloured hair. If adults ever have skin injuries, the resulting hair growth will be the dark color of their puppy coat before
it eventually grows out to the wheat color.
Breed Description Head: Long and powerful. Flat skull, not too wide. Pronounced stop. Powerful, "fearsome" jaws. Ears: Small to medium size. Carried forward, breaking level with the skull. Eyes: Not too large. Dark hazelnut or dark color. Body: Short, compact. Strong neck without dewlap. Deep forechest. Ribs well sprung. Short, powerful loin. Straight topline. Tail: Not too thick; carried gaily. Docked to one-third its natural length (after the sixth vertebra). Hair: Abundant, soft texture, silky, wavy or loose curls. Must not exceed 12.7 cm at greatest length. Coat: Any shade from light wheaten to golden-reddish. The texture and color of the puppys coat passes through several stages before
attaining its permanent color at one and one-half to two and one-half years of age. Size: Dog: 46 to 48 cm (18-19 in).Bitch: 43 to 47 cm (17-18.5 in). Weight: Dog: 15.7 to 18 kg (35-40 lb).Bitch: 13 to 15 kg (29-33 lb).
History Originating in the county of Munster, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is one of the oldest Irish breeds. He is thought to be the
ancestor of the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Irish Terrier. He was used on Irish farms to guard livestock and the farm and to hunt
vermin. The breed was not recognized by The Kennel Club until 1943.
Behavior This rustic, energetic, courageous, and bold dog is rather independent and stubborn. He is very affectionate, devoted to his owner, and is
a playful, gentle, happy pet. Wary of strangers, this good guard dog threatens with his bark but is not aggressive. Strict training is required.
Health Prone to protein wasting disease (PLE and PLN) and flea allergies.
Advice He needs considerable space and exercise to maintain his mental health. Regular brushing
is required. Grooming may be required from time to time.
Function Livestock Guard, Hunting Dog, Guard Dog, Pet.