The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized, compact, and squarely proportioned dog. The unique soft, silky, wheaten-colored coat is wavy and does not shed. The head is shaped like a rectangle, rather long, with a strong muzzle and defined stop. The ears are V-shaped and fold forward level with the skull. The teeth should form a scissors or level bite. The almond-shaped eyes are brown or reddish-brown, and the nose is large and black. The strong back forms a level topline. The front legs are straight, with plenty of bone. Dewclaws should be removed. The feet are round with black pads and dark nails. The tail is docked and carried upright.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was used as a farm dog, herder, and hunter of small game and vermin in his country of origin, Ireland. Though it is probably one of the oldest Irish breeds, known since the 1700s, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was only imported to the United States in 1946 and officially recognized by the AKC in 1973.
An alert and happy animal: graceful, strong, and coordinated. A playful and friendly terrier. A puppy throughout his life. Amiable. Easygoing and self-confident. Though not as aggressive as many other terriers, males might be combative with other male dogs if challenged. Soft Coated Wheatens should be well socialized with other dogs while they are young puppies.