Dog Profiles: Wheaten Terrier


  1. Soft-coated Wheaten Terriers are often called “Softies” or “Wheaties” for short.
  2. The breed originated in Ireland as a farm dog.
  3. Despite being bred in Ireland, the Wheaten has a marked dislike of rainy weather and will often pout if expected to go out in the rain.
  4. The breed is especially friendly and makes a terrific therapy dog. The Wheaten will use expressive body language and contact to intimate during desires and emotions (i.e. they tend to put their heads in your lap when they want attention and will twirl around in circles as a sort of happy dance).
  5. Wheaties are especially susceptible to heat and should be kept indoors on especially hot days.
  6. Although they do not shed all that much, this breed does require regular brushing and coat maintenance.
  7. If you like to keep a tidy, clean home, beware of the Wheaten’s tendency to bring dirt, debris, snow, and mud into the house. This is due in part to the breed’s coat which picks up these things almost like velcro.
  8. The Wheaten has a docked tail which — at the time they were first bred in Ireland —  meant that they were the dog of a working class person. This made their owners exempt from a dog tax which would otherwise have been demanded of them.
  9. On Saint Patrick’s Day in 1937, the Wheaten Terrier was officially recognized as its own breed by the Irish Kennel Club.
  10. Males typically stand 18 to 19 inches and weigh 35 to 40 pounds; females stand 17 to 18 inches and weigh 30 to 35 pounds.