A shaggy, medium sized, pale beige dog, with wavy hair falling over their eyes and small, floppy, 'v' shaped ears, stands on a rock a glorious cliff walk. The waters in the distance are calm and peaceful.

Wheaten Terrier

The Wheaten Terrier is a happy-go-lucky dog and the perfect family pet. Whether you’re thinking of borrowing one or getting your own, we’ve pulled together lots of fun and interesting facts you should know about the breed, courtesy of the Wheaten Terrier owners in our community.

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What is a Wheaten Terrier?

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier (to give it its full name) is a medium sized dog from Ireland. Originally bred as a working farm dog, The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier of Great Britain Club notes that “the Spartan conditions under which the ancestors of the Soft-Coated Wheaten lived have made this a hardy breed.”

How much exercise does a Wheaten Terrier need?

The Kennel Club recommends up to an hour of exercise a day for this breed, but they’d definitely thank you for more! They love lots of playing and a good run around.

“Barkley is full of life, energy, love, and fun. He loves walking and chasing things and cannot get enough of the beach. The little guy thrives on attention, so you could never give him enough. He is super socialised with other dogs, but I sometimes wonder if perhaps he thinks he is human.” - Graham, Owner of Barkley

Lola looks happy on a boat in front of clear blue sea. She's got curly pale hair and a great beard.

What is the temperament of a Wheaten Terrier?

These extroverted dogs thrive on human companionship. They love children and make a fantastic family pet.

“Poppy is a very special dog - hugely affectionate, extroverted and friendly. She is also a very cuddly dog. The breed looks a bit like a little bear so she loves to be cuddled, hugged and stroked.” - Jennifer, Owner of Poppy

Winston is mostly blonde, with darker areas on his face. He's lounging in the garden.

Are Wheaten Terriers easy to train?

According to The Kennel Club, “he requires a little patience to train, but is eager to please.” It’s safe to say that Wheatens can display a bit of stubbornness and selective hearing… they are terriers after all!

“Ted is a lively, loveable and cheeky terrier. Loves to show you his tricks, high five, turn around, tickle tummy, speak and lay for a little treat in return. Well known for their 'Wheaten Greeting' ,Ted will give you a big slobbery kiss when he sees you.” - Marie, Owner of Ted

That being said, here are a few funny quirks that some of our members’ pooches have:

Sally, Owner of Boris

Warning - Crufts described Wheatens as mad on their coverage this year - maybe a little harsh, but there is certainly never a dull moment with Boris!

Shelley, Owner of Scooby and Lulu

The only thing that can set them off is CATS ! That applies to both of them...they get very excited to the extent that they wind each other up so can easily get out of hand.

Most common Wheaten Terrier names on BorrowMyDoggy:

  • Molly
  • Barney
  • Bella

Dog-lover Steve joined BorrowMyDoggy so his children could spend time with a dog, and matched with the gorgeous Cider, a Wheaten Terrier. As he says, “Cider loves my kids. They’re desperate for a dog, and this is the perfect way of them getting some doggy time.”

High paws to our lovely community for letting us share these facts about their Wheaten Terriers. Paws crossed you found them helpful :)

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