- Other names:
- Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
- Wheaten Terrier
- Softcoated Wheaten Terrier
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (Irish: An Brocaire BuÃ) is a pure bred sporting terrier native to Ireland. Commonly nicknamed Wheaten or Wheatie, it is best known for its loving temperament and soft wavy wheaten colored coat. The Wheaten has Irish roots but has also since made its appearance around various areas of England, Australia, and The United States.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was originally bred for herding and guarding livestock in addition to hunting vermin. However, this breed with its happy attitude and sweet nature also makes an outstanding companion. The Wheaten gets along great with children and makes a perfect watch dog due to its alert demeanor and protectiveness over those closest to it. If integrated into social interactions as puppies they will behave gracefully among other pets.
Because this dog is protective and closely devoted to their families they are characterized as being very loyal and often considered excellent watch dogs. They do require some minimum straightforward training in the areas of obedience and social interactions because of their self-confidence and hunting custom but when faced early on, those things are not considered issues.