Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized dog with a silky soft coat. The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier originates from Ireland and forms part of the popular terrier group.

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier breed group


Size of the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier


Colour varieties of the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

The breed comes in just 3 colours which include:

  • Blonde
  • Brown
  • Wheaten

Country of origin


Time of original development

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier has been bred for at least 200 years in its native Ireland. It was only recognised by the Kennel Club in the UK in 1943.

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier’s uses through history

The Wheaten Terrier was a talented and competent  multi-tasker, capable of guarding and herding livestock. It also excelled at hunting vermin. Today, the breed is kept predominately as a companion pet.

Size and weight of the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Height bitch 43-51cms

Height dog 43-51cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 14-20kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 14-20kgs

Exercise requirements of the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Wheaten Terrier is an energetic and athletic breed that requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. Being a medium to large dog, the Wheaten Terrier requires plenty of space and would appreciate a country lifestyle and not really suited to city life.

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The SCWT is a energetic, enthusiastic and friendly dog. It tends to form a strong bond with his owner and family members. Generally the breed is good with children. It is normally fine with other dogs, but may not tolerate cats. Smaller family pets should be kept away from the Wheaten Terrier due to its strong, inherited prey drive.

Prospective owners should be aware the breed needs socialisation and training from an early age. The SCWT can be a little sigle-minded and stubborn. Harsh training methods should be avoided to prevent nervousness or potential aggression. New owners should also be aware of the high cost and rather demanding task of maintaining the handsome coat.

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier coat length

Medium. The coat is soft, silky with gentle waves. Hair is longer on the muzzle region.

Grooming requirements of the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

High. The coat needs daily brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove twigs, dried mud and tangles. The muzzle area needs special attention as food deposits can quickly build up in the facial region. Your Soft-Coated may benefit from regular professional grooming sessions.

Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infection.


No. This breed sheds, so unsuitable choice for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Wheaten Terrier is a fairly healthy and hardy dog but prospective owners should be aware of the following known health issues recorded in the breed and consult their breeder:

  • Protein-losing Enteropathyphy - PLE
  • Protein-losing Nephropathy - PLN

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

A healthy Wheaten Terrier should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-12 years.

Approximate Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay between £650-£800 for a pedigree Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. Litters are fairly common, but you may have to be prepared to wait. 423 pedigree puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 6-8 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 15kgs requires 237gms of complete dry food daily. A dog weighing 20kgs requires 283gms of complete dry food daily.

The weekly cost of feeding a 15kgs bitch is around £6.00

The weekly cost of feeding a 20kgs dog is around £7.00

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the terrier group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment