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Understanding and Training a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is on the whole less tenacious and aggressive than many other strictly vermin-hunting terriers, however, still an independent and wilful dog.  Therefore, for best results, train with creatively and conviction.  For instance, this breed thrives being included in activities and games, which are perfect ways to shape behaviour and give the dog important purpose.

Loyal with family, the Soft-Wheaten is also known to be friendly and "loyal" to strangers.  Don't be too discouraged by the single-mindedness, rather take it in stride as the congeniality & affection will almost always come full circle back to the owner.

An all-around good-natured & playful companion that also excels as a watchdog and vermin hunter due to its high intelligence and general confidence.  But, keep in mind, as with many strong-willed dogs, the Soft-Wheaten needs leadership, as they will often display status-related aggression to gentle owners.  Dominant males are more apt to be problematic with other dogs and sometimes will guard food and toys.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 35 - 45 lbs (16 - 20 kg); 46 - 48 cm
  • General Temperament: Lively, Energetic, Good-natured & Confident
  • General Description: All all-around, all-purpose farm dog that loves exercise, play and task-oriented games & activities.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience       x  
Good Family Dog     x    
Exercise Required     x    
Activity Indoors     x    
Ease of Training     x    
Sociability with Strangers   x      
Grooming Requirements     x    


Brief History

Believed to be one of the oldest terrier breeds developed in Ireland, the Soft-Coated Wheaten was used as an all-purpose farm dog, of which duties include herding, guarding livestock and hunting vermin.


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