Bred in Ireland, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is considered a versatile farm dog. He destroys parasites, guards the house, grazes sheep and cows, hunts with the owner both on water and on land, and also warns of danger. In 1923, the breed was endangered, but was saved from this sad fate by dog handler Patrick Blake. The Irish Soft-Coated is very intelligent and extremely versatile. Irish Terriers have gained particular popularity in the United States.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is compact, agile and strong. He is resilient and brave, and has a peculiar sense of humor. The Irish Soft-Coated, unlike other terriers, is quite calm and balanced. The breed, practically, has not changed over time and has retained all the features that were originally developed in it.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is poised, friendly and extremely proud of himself. He is deeply devoted to his family and gets along well with teenagers. Wheat terrier finds a common language with other dogs if they grew up together, but it is better not to start this breed if there are small pets or cats in the house. The Wheaten Terrier is very sensitive and capricious, so it is not recommended for beginner dog breeders. This breed rarely barks, but can be a good watchdog.
Wool and care
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has a long, soft, silky and slightly wavy coat. The coat of this terrier is single-layered, but it is constantly growing, providing decent protection from dirt and temperature extremes. Molting in this breed is moderate. Wheaten terrier puppies are born black and over time become golden with a red or silver tint. The coat of this breed must be combed constantly to prevent tangling and hair rolling. The Irish Soft-Coated must be professionally groomed six times a year. Bathing should be done as needed. The terrier’s eyes and ears should also be checked regularly. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is susceptible to flea allergies, Addison’s disease, and is highly sensitive to solar radiation. He does not tolerate hot weather.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is independent and stubborn, and therefore requires a strong owner-leader. However, he learns quickly and strives to please. Early socialization and obedience training is recommended. This terrier has a delicate character and will not obey an overbearing and harsh owner. He will be a diligent student if trained consistently, patiently and fairly, but firmly enough. The Irish Soft-Coated is very agile and will happily compete with the ball and can be used for therapeutic purposes.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier enjoys family walking and outdoor play. They will feel best in a large fenced yard. Also, this dog will easily get used to a spacious apartment if it receives enough attention from the owners, and if they take the time to train the terrier.