A Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier should never be an impulse adoption. They are a commitment for the life of a dog that may live 12 years or more.
Wheaten temperament is unique, combining the alert intelligence of the terrier with the steadiness of the working dog. A quick, lively and affectionate dog, the Wheaten retains his puppy exuberance and medium-to-high energy level all his life. Eminently adaptable, he can enjoy life in the city or the country, just so long as he is close to his people and receives ample daily exercise.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is not everyone’s perfect pet. Special requirements must be met if he is to achieve his potential. He must know that he is a dog and therefore below the human family in pecking order. Wheatens often want to be leaders and can be stubborn and headstrong. They need consistent, firm discipline but are sensitive to harsh treatment. They must be trained to be submissive without breaking their spirit.