Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier


Appearance: 17-19" (43-48 cm) 30-40 lb (14-18 kg) Soft, silky, waved abundant coat. Any shade of wheaten.

Photo courtesy of Rathdrum Wheatens


As Ireland’s poor man’s hunting dog, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier was an effective ratter, herder, hunter and watchdog. In the early 19th century, the breed was so common it was considered beneath notice. Because of its lowly heritage, no one took interest in the breed until the 1930s, when a group of fanciers formed a breed club. The dog was initially called the Irish Wheaton Terrier, but the club decided the name was too similar to Irish Terrier and changed it to Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. The dogs were first presented at breed shows in their natural coats, only to receive derisive comments that they looked like “walking haystacks”. It was consequently decided to “top and tidy” their coats into the trim now seen in the show ring. The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier did not gain recognition in North America until the 1970s.


Quieter than many smaller terriers, the Wheaten is enthusiastic and obedient. He loves kids, though his energetic nature makes him a better match for older children. He bonds strongly to his family and makes a good watchdog.

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Breeders:

Rathdrum Wheatens

Happy, home-raised puppies from champion European lines noted for health. Breeding on a small, select scale. Thorough health testing of parents and pups. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0. (See our Breed Ambassador Advertisement above.)

Phone: Maureen Marinelli (905) 327-7722

Witthaven Wheatens CKC Reg’d

Limited number of healthy, well socialized and beautiful puppies! Born in our home from champion bloodlines. Health testing and guarantee, comprehensive puppy package, lifelong support. Irish and North American coat types. Visit our website or find us on Facebook.

Phone: Natascha Witt (226) 747-3216

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