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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Breed origin: Ireland
Original purpose: All-purpose farm dog.

AKC recognized: 1973
AKC group: Terrier

Size: Weight: males 35 to 40 lbs; females 30 to 35 lbs
Size: Height: males 18 to 19 inches; females 17 to 18 inches
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Color: Any shade of wheaten.

Life span: 14 to 18 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is happy, steady, confident, alert, inquisitive, and fun-loving. They adapt well to different living situations, and generally do well with children. They are energetic and need plenty of exercise. Most Wheatens are enthusiastic greeters and will jump up to lick a person's face. Intelligent but headstrong, they require patience and consistent positive training.

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Good with children? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

OK in apartments? Yes if given enough exercise.

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? No

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility, earthdog

Grooming requirement: The single coat is low-shedding, but grows continually and needs to be trimmed regularly. Brush and comb daily to prevent mats.

Known health problems: Protein-losing nephropathy, protein-losing enteropathy, Addison's disease, renal dysplasia, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Margaret H. Bonham
Published in 2000
96 pages

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier: Coat of Honey - Heart of Gold
By Roberta A. Vesley
Published in 1999
216 pages

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (A Complete and Reliable Handbook)
By Marjorie Shoemaker
Published in 1997
93 pages

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
By Juliette Cunliffe
Published in 2002
160 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America Rescue

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