Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Wheaten Terriers are lively and happy dogs. They generally weigh between 30-40 pounds. Wheatens are hypoallergenic dogs and do not shed, making them ideal for people with allergies. They are very gentle and affectionate, though can be stubborn on occasion. They generally do well with other pets and domesticated dogs, so they are adaptable for family life. Due to their terrier-like instincts, the breed tends to jump and dig holes. They have moderate exercise requirements, and enjoy going for walks, hikes, or competing in agility.
Common Health Conditions
- Dental disease is the most common chronic problem in pets, affecting 80% of all dogs by age two. Unfortunately, your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is more likely than other dogs to have problems with her teeth.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD is a common chronic disease in Wheatens, of the intestinal tract. Occasionally, the stomach may be involved. Most dogs with IBD have a history of recurrent or chronic vomiting or diarrhea.
- Patellar luxation occurs when the dog's kneecap (patella) is dislocated from its normal anatomic position in the groove of the thigh bone.