Soft Coated Wheaten

  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 53 of 193
  • Height: 18-19 inches (male), 17-18 inches (female)
  • Weight: 35-40 pounds (male), 30-35 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Group: Terrier Group 

The hallmark of these merry extroverts, and what sets them apart from other terriers, is the silky, gently waving coat. It runs from a pale beige to a shimmering gold, recalling the color of ripening wheat. Topping out at 19 inches tall and 40 pounds, Wheatens are square, sturdy terriers with a peek-a-boo hairdo and dashing goatee. The overall picture is that of a hard-muscled but soft-coated working terrier or, as the breed has been described, an iron fist in a velvet glove.

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