Breed Description

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is an Irish breed sharing its ancestry with the Kerry Blue and Irish Terriers. Affectionate and loving, they are considered people dogs and will want to be with their family. The Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized dog weighing 30 to 40 pounds. A male should be 18 to 19 inches tall at the shoulder; a female should be 17 to 18 inches. The coat is soft, wavy and the color of wheat (hence the name of the breed). Puppies are typically born darker and lighten to the wheat color between 6 and 12 months. Wheatens are a single coated breed and do not shed. They are one of a few breeds tolerated by people with allergies. Wheatens are not given to excessive barking, but will announce the presence of strangers. Despite their affectionate and gentle natures, they are terriers and must be handled firmly, fairly and with consistency