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At A Glance


Size: Medium

Weight: 30 - 40 lbs.

Height: 17" - 19"

Life Span: 14 years

Wheaten Terrier

Also know as: Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier, Heidewachtel, Spion

Group: Terrier

Origin: Ireland

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: This breed was owned by the common people of Ireland and used as a hunter, guard dog, herd dog and all-around farm dog. It is related to the Kerry Blue and the Irish Terrier.

Temperament / Behavior
The Wheaten Terriers is outgoing and loves people. The breed is adaptable, versatile and loves to dig. The Wheaten Terrier has a high energy level, but is not overly rambunctious. This is a dog that's happy, playful, and likes to jump. It tends to be sensitive and devoted to its family. Early, consistent training is needed.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Food allergies; flea allergies; progressive retinal atrophy; kidney problems; Addison's Disease; PLN & PLE. Buyers should research breeding line to avoid genetic problems. Does not do well in hot climates.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Wheaten Terrier requires moderate regular exercise. This breed is athletic, energetic, and loves hikes and play sessions. This dog can do well in city environment if it receives adequate walks and play time.

Grooming: Your Wheaten Terrier's soft, thick, wavy coat needs daily grooming. This is a high maintenance breed that needs professional trimming 4 times per year. This breed is a low shedding one.

 

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