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Weight: 30-45 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier in the following color:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 12-15 years
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is considered to be a healthy breed and when purchased from a reputable breeder, you are very unlikely to have any trouble with inherited or genetic diseases. From time to time, there are major medical issues that may arise, so it is important to work with someone you can trust.
Some of the concerning medical conditions associated with the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier include Addison’s Disease, renal dysplasia, protein-losing enteropathy, and protein-losing nephropathy.
Addison’s Disease is a disease passed down to your pup from his or her parents. This disease is marked by a problem with the way the adrenal gland functions, which results in not enough corticosteroids in the blood. The result of this disease is poor body functions.
Renal dysplasia is a condition that is based on the improper formation of the kidneys in your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. This condition can be fatal at birth if it is severe enough. It is important for your pup to be screened early on in life to ensure proper management and treatment of this condition.
Protein-losing enteropathy or PLE is a condition where there is an excessive loss of proteins in your pup’s gastrointestinal tract.
Protein-losing nephropathy is a condition that can affect your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. This condition occurs when proteins and blood serum leak into your pup’s urine.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is considered to be a playful and loving pup that is truly a soft ball of energy. You will find that your pup enjoys being outdoors and needs a moderate amount of playtime. While he or she loves to get outside and run around, your pup will know to calm down inside of the house.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier gets along with children of any age and makes a wonderful family dog. You will find that this breed comes to you for love and will provide you with the cuddles that you want your dog to give.
This breed does well with other animals, but cats may be slightly more challenging. If your pup is socialized early on with cats, you have a better chance of him or her accepting them.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is intelligent, but also humorous at the same time. You do not have to worry too much about this breed being wary of strangers, and if you have introduced or allowed someone into your home, your pup will remember and greet them with a tail wag.
One thing to note with this breed is that the puppy mentality tends to follow them throughout their life, and they never entirely mature into an old soul. This means your pup will remain lively and fun. While the puppy attitude may stay, your pup will learn what behavior is and is not acceptable.
Training is considered to be relatively easy with your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and you should not have any problems with him or her. You need to remember to take a firm and consistent approach, but avoid harsh methods.
You will need to perform a moderate amount of grooming to keep your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier looking his or her best. You should comb your pup to remove any snarls and debris from his or her coat. It is necessary to comb him or her every day. You will need to have your pup stripped and clipped at the groomers every few months.
Also, you will need to provide your pup with a bath every so often, but make sure to purchase a shampoo that is mild and offers moisturizing properties. You will also need to clean your pup’s ears weekly to prevent infection and to remove any residue buildup.
Lastly, your pup’s nails need to be trimmed once a month to keep them short and at a healthy length. If you do not trim his or her nails, you will find that your pup may snag the nail or split them. If you are not comfortable trimming your pup’s nails yourself, you can take him or her to the groomer to have it done.
Your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier will consume an average of 1.5 cups to 2.5 cups of dry food per day. Make sure you purchase a premium brand of dry kibble that will provide your pup with the nutrients he or she needs.
If you want to give your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier wet food, make sure that you only offer it as an occasional treat because wet food does not provide nearly as many nutrients as dry kibble.
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A Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppy will cost you an average of $800. You may pay more or less depending on the breeder you work with and the sex of the puppy. Females tend to cost more because of their breeding abilities.
Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is great with children and will do well in most homes. This breed is known to be playful and you will have a hard time stopping him or her from a game of catch to come inside. This breed is comical and will provide you with many laughs throughout the day. It is important that you remember this breed has a puppy mentality and never really does grow out of it, so puppy habits may carry through into adulthood. This breed ranks a 2.
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