Closely related to the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Irish Terrier, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier originated from Ireland. They were all known as the “poor man’s dog” as they originally worked on farms as flock herders or guard dogs, as well as hunters of rodents. It weighs between 30 to 45 pounds and stands at a height of 17 to 20 inches. A medium-sized dog, it is compact and well-proportioned. It has a defined stop, a large and black nose, and a strong muzzle that is relatively short compared to the skull. It has wide-set eyes that are almond-shaped and come in shades of red-brown to a medium brown colour. The ears are V-shaped and fold forward to the head. The tail is high-set and can be either docked or kept natural. There are two coat varieties for the breed: the American which is fuller and the Irish coat which tends to be thinner and silkier. During puppyhood, the coat colour comes in either red, brown, mahogany or white and upon maturity the coat grows out to a wheaten colour.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is an extremely friendly and loving companion. They have strong naturally protective instincts but they do not typically get hostile or aggressive towards strangers. They are highly energetic and love to play. They do very well with children and other dogs in the house. They are calm and affectionate and most display a puppy-like attitude even well through maturity. They do well in cooler temperatures and are good even for small apartment dwelling. They have a life expectancy of about 12 to 15 years.