The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier originated in Ireland more than two centuries ago and was bred as an all-purpose farm dog and family companion. He was known as the poor man's hunting dog and used to kill vermin, as a herding dog, and a watch dog.
The Wheaten is a self-confident, happy, inquisitive, and alert dog that is known to be less aggressive in nature than other Terrier breeds. He does enjoy activity, however, and is ready and willing to learn. He is lively and affectionate and maintains a puppy like attitude most of his life. This is a breed who thrives on human companionship and is considered a family dog in the sense that he is devoted to his entire family rather than an individual. He is also excellent with children with his patient and tolerant nature.
He has a non-shedding, hypoallergenic coat that is soft-textured and wavy. The colour of the Wheaten ranges from pale gold to warm honey and darker shading may be found on the ears and muzzle. The pads of the feet, nose, eye rims and lips should all be black in colour and the eyes are generally a dark hazel of brown. Puppies are born darker in colour and lighten as they mature.
The Wheaten Terrier is the sweetest, non-shedding, family oriented dog EVER! They have a goofy, happy nature and a need to please. They are easily trained and can adapt to most housing situations, as long as they get the appropriate amount of exercise and attention. They love their entire families and are good with children and other pets. Their soft flowing coats require regular combing and grooming, but, keeping them cut in a pet trim, like a "Buddy Trim," or a "Comfort Clip," makes it easier to maintain. Finding a good groomer who has experience with this breed is a must.