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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier




To call him a dog hardly seems to do him justice, though inasmuch as he had four legs, a tail, and barked, I admit he was, to all outward appearances. But to those of us who knew him well, he was a perfect gentleman.
Hermione Gingold

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppies

Witthaven puppies at 7 weeks old

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier adults
(Left) Mariner's League of Her Own, "Kira  (Right) Witthaven's Irish Treasure, "Penny" (North American coated on left and Irish coated on right)

Although the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has been known in Ireland for hundreds of years, his exact origins are unknown. He is believed to share some of the same ancestors as the Kerry Blue Terrier. 

The Wheaten Terrier was used to guard farms and livestock, to hunt and kill vermin, to hunt other game, and was even used as a water retriever. 

This square, sporty dog stands up to 18 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder. He has a soft, silky, slightly wavy coat that is the colour of "ripening wheat". There are two coat types within this breed. The Irish coat is glossy, soft and silky while the American and English coat is heavier and more dense.

Puppies are born dark brown, often with very dark faces and will gradually lighten to the wheaten colour by the age of two. The Wheaten Terrier's coat does require a lot of work but is non-shedding and non-allergenic.

A steady, good-natured worker, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has an engaging, lively, and carefree personality. He seems to retain the playfulness and enthusiasm of puppyhood right up to his adult years. The Wheaten Terrier is an energetic  playmate for children and makes an appealing family pet. He should be socialized early to accept cats. He is very loyal and makes a good watch dog.

The Wheaten Terrier is highly intelligent and learns quickly. He should begin obedience training early. He will adapt to urban or rural living as long as he receives daily exercise.


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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Association of Canada




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CKC Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Breed Standard

Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Natascha Witt, Witthaven Reg'd




Sheila Teichreb
Box 406
Bowden, AB   T0M 0K0
(403) 224-2720

Anlon Perm Reg'd



Elena Lafferty
15 Jerome Crescent
Brampton, ON    L6S 2G9
(905) 790-0628

Urneybrae Wheatens

Kristen Williams
1046 Water Street
Wallaceburg, ON  N8A 4L2
(519) 627-6492

Wheatnbrook Reg'd

Natascha Witt
Kitchener, ON  
(226) 747-3216

Witthaven Reg'd

Nova Scotia 


Shauna and Rodney
Newport, NS  B0N 2A0
(902) 478-1641
Cell: (902) 229-4523

Risha Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers


Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Rescue
Sylvia Hamilton
(519) 853-1456


Did you know?

A female dog gives
birth to her puppies
63 days after

They are born with
their eyes shut and
will not open them for
14 days.




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