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Wheaten Terrier

Size: Medium

Weight: 30 - 40 lbs.

Height: 17" - 19"

Life Span: 14 years

Health Problems: 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.

Origin: Ireland

Also Known As: Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier, Heidewachtel, Spion

Group: Terrier

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

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 Needs

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.

Temperament

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.

Compatibility with Kids

Children should be gentle. Good family pet. Should interact well with other dogs if raised with them. Not good with small, passive pets or cats.

History

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.