Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers


These happy-go-lucky terriers are known for their spunky and cheerful disposition. Find out if you’re ready for the notorious “Wheaten Greetin’”.

If you’ve ever wished your dog could be a puppy forever, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is for you! With a naturally outgoing and happy temperament, these dogs are known for their contagious joie de vivre. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are a notoriously bouncy breed famous for the “Wheaten Greetin’,” leaping into the air to kiss their owners’ faces. Their friendliness and playful energy make them an excellent pet for an active family.

Originally bred in Ireland as farmhands, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are sturdy and energetic. However, these tough and spunky pups have a softer side — their silky blond coats, which make them unique amongst the typically wiry-haired terrier family. Despite their fluffy coats, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier dogs are well-adjusted to both hot and cold weather, and ready to bring your home lots of exuberant love no matter where you live.

Why We Love the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Breed

  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers’ single-layer coat means they shed less and are more tolerable to those with allergies.
  • This athletic breed has a sharp nose and muscular build, excelling in agility, obedience and tracking.
  • They make excellent family pets. Put your kid in the yard with a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and they are sure to tire each other out!
  • These pups have friendly temperaments and are always happy to greet new houseguests 

Things to Consider

  • While rarely aggressive, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers need firm and early training to temper their buoyant energy.
  • These dogs love kids, but their tendency to jump means they should be supervised around younger children.
  • While the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier doesn’t shed, this breed’s distinct coat should be maintained with daily brushings.
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are prone to protein-losing digestive disorders and may need testing or special healthcare. 

Why Rescue?

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has a little bit of everything — a lush coat, friendly disposition and athletic prowess — making it a popular dog for families, shows and competitions. Unfortunately, this means that they are often the victims of overbreeding, which can lead to health issues such as protein-losing digestive disorders, renal dysplasia and allergies. Overbreeding also means that many of these pups end up abandoned in shelters and in need of a home. If you are thinking abut adopting a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppy or adult, consider choosing a rescue dog. 

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Rescues

There are plenty of Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier rescues who are eager to give you the “Wheaten Greetin’” and settle into a forever home. Here are just a few:

Type
Terrier
Temperament
Friendly, happy & energetic
Avg. Weight
30 - 40 lbs
Grooming
Daily brushing recommended
Avg. Life Span
12 - 15 Years
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers near 20149
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Animal Rescues near 20149
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Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA emziemer@aim.com
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA longstreetcats@gmail.com
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA littlebuddies@erols.com
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