As its name implies, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is known for its soft, wavy, wheat-colored coat. Like some other Terriers, it hails from Ireland. However, unlike its cousins, the Kerry Blue and Irish Terrier, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was known as a poor man’s dog. He lived the life of an all-purpose farm dog, patrolling the borders of the farm to kill mice and other vermin, herding the farmer’s flocks and hunting with his two-legged parents.
While Terriers are generally known for their overly plucky attitudes, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a bit more reserved. At 30 to 40 lbs., this breed is considered medium-sized. Wheatens are highly adaptable – if given adequate daily exercise, they can be happy in the city or the country, on the farm or in a high rise. Their coats require some maintenance to prevent matting.
Although a highly adaptable breed, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that may adversely affect their health – as well as your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Wheatens are prone to include kidney diseases such as protein losing enteropathy and nephropathy, as well as familial kidney disease; eye conditions such as cataracts and microphthalmia; and endocrine disorders such as hypoadrenocorticism.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Wheaten inherits anything more than a laidback attitude, you’re protected.