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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Family: terrier
Area of origin: Ireland
Original function: vermin hunting, herding, guardian
Average size of male: Ht: 18-19, Wt: 35-40
Average size of female: Ht: 17-18, Wt: 30-35
Other names: none

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Dog Temperament

The Wheaten makes a playful companion at home and a fun-loving partner in the field. He is affectionate, congenial and much gentler than most terriers. He is generally responsive to his family's wishes but can be headstrong at times. Most are good with children and usually good with other household dogs and pets. He may dig or jump.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Dog Care

This is an athletic dog that needs a good daily workout, either in the form of a moderate to long walk or an invigorating game in the yard. He should be allowed loose only in a safe area because he still loves to hunt and chase. The Wheaten is best suited as an indoor dog. His long coat needs brushing or combing every two days. As a nonshedding dog, loose hair becomes entangled in the coat and will mat if not combed out. Bathing and trimming every other month is necessary to maintain the desirable coat and silhouette; pets can be better managed if their coats are clipped to about 3 inches, but then they lose the breed's typical outline.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Dog Health

Major concerns: protein wasting diseases (PLE and PLN)
Minor concerns: renal dysplasia, allergies
Occasionally seen: PRA, CHD, vWD, heart problems
Suggested tests: blood and urine protein screens, eye, (hip), (cardiac)
Life span: 12-14 years

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