The Soft Coated Wheaten was used in Ireland as a farm dog for guarding farm animals, hunting vermin and herding for over two centuries. During this period, their tails were sometimes docked to avoid paying taxes. Although the breed was in existence for a long period, it was not recognized by the Irish Kennel Club as a breed until 1937. In 1973, the breed was also recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club). Recently their gene pools have been improved and expanded with the recent importation of the style dogs.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are an active, playful breed of dogs. They are confident and happy. Training one will require consistency and patience as they are quite strong-willed. They are very friendly but make good watchdogs because of their observant nature. They are said to be the most active in the terrier group. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are exuberant greeters. They jump high to kiss the face of their owners. They also love children and can live with other animals if socialized with them from an early age. In general, they are affectionate, protective and friendly dogs.
The Soft Coat Wheaten Terrier has the ability to adapt to different home environments. They can be live in a home with a yard or in an apartment either in the country or the city. So long as they are taken outdoors frequently to exercise, they will adapt easily. It is important though, that they are kept indoors. Soft Coat Wheaten Terriers thrive when surrounded by people hence should not be kept outdoors by themselves. They also are hunters and are prone to chasing after small animals so it’s best to keep them on a leash or in a fenced yard when they are outdoors.
The Soft Coat Wheaten requires a moderate amount of exercise. 30 minutes of daily exercise is enough to keep it fit. Exercise can include 10 to 15-minute walks, doggy sports, fetch and obedience training. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are strong-minded dogs and consistent obedience training will be good for them. When it’s hot outside, keep an eye on them during exercise time because they don’t do well in the heat.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier requires only moderate grooming – based on your preferences. If you want your dog looking classy and elegant, you can groom it daily. If you don’t mind the scruffier look you can groom it twice a week. Bathe it only when necessary, brush it twice a week and trim hair occasionally. It is also important to brush your dog’s teeth twice a week and trim its nails once a month. Introduce your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier to trimming from puppyhood so it can get used to it when it matures.
Our Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppies for sale come from either USDA licensed commercial breeders or hobby breeders with no more than 5 breeding mothers. USDA licensed commercial breeders account for less than 20% of all breeders in the country.
The unregulated breeders who are selling outside of the USDA regulations and without a license are what we consider to be “Puppy Mills.” We are committed to offering Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppies who will grow up to become important members of your family. We only purchase puppies from the very best sources, and we stand behind every puppy we sell.