The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is medium-sized, compact and squarely proportioned. It is a strong dog that moves gracefully. This breed was used as a farm dog, herder, and hunter of small game and vermin. It is a playful and friendly terrier.
Puppies are born black, but lighten to the final adult wheaten color by about two years of age.
The coat is abundant, medium-long and falling in waves. Brushing can make the soft coat fuzzy, so using a brush is not recommended. Instead, frequent, even daily combing of the long, profuse coat with a medium-toothed comb is recommended to keep it free of tangles, beginning when the dog is a puppy. This breed does not shed in the spring and fall, but loose hair should be combed out of the coat from time to time. A well-groomed dog will shed very little. This breed is good for allergy suffers.
Prone to flea allergies and protein wasting disease (PLE and PLN).
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is an alert and happy animal; it is graceful, strong and well coordinated. It is usually very loving with children. This dog is sweet-tempered, easy-going and self-confident. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier bonds extremely closely with its family; seldom barks unnecessarily. It makes a great watchdog.
Though not as aggressive as many other terriers, males may be combative with other male dogs if challenged. Usually it gets along well with other dogs, provided it is well socialized at an early age. It does not get along well with cats. This dog is very intelligent, so it will generally grasp quickly what is required of it. This breed has a straightforward nature and needs to be handled in a straightforward manner. This dog has a puppy attitude that remains with it throughout its life.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier can get by with moderate exercise as long as it is regular.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is good for apartment life. It is moderately active indoors and a small yard will do. This breed does not tolerate heat very well.