- The soft coated wheaten terrier originated in Ireland as an all-around farm dog. It exterminated vermin, guarded the homestead and rounded up stock. Its date of origin is unknown, but it was established by the 1700s.
- Like many farm breeds, it early history is largely undocumented. It is likely to have been crossed with other dogs as various needs and circumstances arose.
- In 1937 the SCWT was granted breed status in Ireland. This allowed it to compete in dog shows. An Irish Championship of the time required a SCWT to win not only in the show ring, but to prove itself as a hunter of badgers, rabbits and rats.
- The first SCWT came to America in 1946.
- The AKC recognized the SCWT in 1973. It is most popular today as a companion and show dog.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Behavior Concerns
- Makes a fun-loving and affectionate companion.
- Its gentle and playful nature makes it a good match for children.
- Friendly toward strangers.
- Usually good with other dogs and pets.
- Makes an attentive watchdog, and adequate protection dog.
- It is eager to please but can be headstrong.
- Does best with reward-based training involving food and games.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Suggested Exercises
- Makes a well-behaved housedog as long as its exercise needs are met.
- Requires a moderate walk or short jog, or a run in an enclosed area, every day.
- Because it loves to run and hunt, it should only be let loose in a safely enclosed.
- Games and tricks provide needed mental exercise.
- Its thick soft coat provides some protection against cold and wet weather.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Grooming
- Coat is abundant and soft; it has no noticeable undercoat.
- The coat needs brushing or combing every other day.
- Bathing and trimming every other month is needed to maintain the correct look.
- The coat is easier to maintain if it is clipped to about 3".
- The coat does not tend to shed.
Suggested Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Nutritional Needs
- SCWT conformation is for a moderate build.
- You should be able to feel the ribs under the coat, but they should not be too noticeable.
- Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.