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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

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Dog Breed Group
Terrier Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Ireland, guard dog. 
Life Expectancy
12 - 14 Years 
Color
A good, clear wheaten, the shade of ripening wheat; white and red equally objectionable; dark shading on ears not untypical. 
Coat
Soft and silky. 
Exercise Needs
He needs moderate but regular exercise to prevent boredom. 
Temperament
He is a jolly breed who will retain his carefree puppy-ness right into adulthood. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is lively, loy 
Good with Children
Gets along well with considerate children. Usually accepts other household pets, should be socialized at a young age to get alon 
Grooming Needs
Constant care is needed to maintain his flowing coat. Daily combing with a medium-tooth comb is recommended to keep him tangle f 
Average Size - Male (in)
18 - 19 
Average Size - Female (in)
17 - 18 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
35 - 40 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
30 - 35 
Health Issues
Progressive retinal atrophy, colitis, hip dysplasia, kidney diseases and allergic skin problems.v
Living Conditions
Adapts well to urban living. An apartment is fine if he is exercised daily. 

Breed Description

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized, hardy, well balanced sporting terrier, square in outline. Distinguished by his soft, silky, gently waving coat of warm wheaten color and his steady disposition. Puppies are born dark apricot but lighten to a clear golden wheaten color by two years of age. There is no exact origins of the Wheaten Terrier but soft coated terriers have existed in Ireland for many centuries. It is said he may have been crossed with the Kerry Blue Terrier. He was originally used to guard the farm and it's animals and sometimes to hunt game or be a water retriever.

Breed Infobits

The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier is a good all-round dog that truly thrives when it is allowed to have plenty of exercise.

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