Wheaten Terrier

by Steve Kruse

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Soft and silky, the wheaten terrier’s coat falls in wheat-colored waves. Because it has a tendency to mat, the coat requires a daily grooming regimen. Without it, the dog may experience biting and scratching to remove the mats.

Unlike other terriers, which have a well-earned reputation for hyperactivity, wheaten terriers tend to have calmer dispositions. While the dogs do have moderately high energy, daily exercise keeps them from crossing the line into the often frenetic dispositions of other terriers. These dogs like to run, chase, and jump, requiring close supervision in unfenced areas.

This breed is usually very friendly and inquisitive, requiring a high level of attention. They are very people-centered. Because of this, they thrive in homes where individuals have time to lavish them with love, affection, and attention as often as possible. The breed also loves kids, although young children may be frightened by how openly and excitedly wheaten terriers express their joy at being around them. The dogs may not make a good fit for a family with babies or toddlers.

Wheaten terriers stand between 17 and 19 inches tall and weigh between 30 and 40 pounds. They tend to be very healthy dogs that live 12 to 15 years.

About the author: Steve Kruse raises many dogs including shiba inu, wheaten terriers, golden retrievers, and various breeds of bulldogs. He serves as Director of the Iowa Pet Breeders Association and holds membership with the Southwest Iowa Pet Professionals.