Distinguishing a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
(SCWT), especially one that was a stray or may now be in a shelter,
or one that has been surrendered from an unwanted home can be difficult.
The lack of or improper grooming combined with varied coat textures and
color can totally obscure the typical Wheaten image. This page will
serve to highlight the condition of some Wheatens that WIN has rescued.
It is our hope that the following pictures and descriptions will help
you and others identify a Wheaten that is in need of rescue.
The Coat of a Wheaten is generally wheat or tan
colored but it can also be so light that it appears
white or gray. The texture can range from sparse to course to cottony
and can be straight or curly. An un-groomed Wheaten can easily be
mistaken for a Bearded Collie or an Old English Sheepdog. The uncared
for coat may be matted in clumps. The Wheaten Tail is typically docked
and erect. Variations – many of our rescues have un-docked tails that
can resemble the tail of a Golden Retriever or may be carried over the
The Eyes, Nose and Nails… The eyes are
generally dark, but may be hidden by
his or her “bangs”.
The nose is big and black. The nails are black. Variations – Wheatens
can have golden brown or greenish eyes, the nose can be brown or faded,
and the nail can be light or brownish.
Weight and Height of a Wheaten… The weight is
generally 30-40 lbs. The height is generally 17-19 inches at the withers
– with the female being at the lower end of the scale. Variations – WIN
has rescued some Wheatens that have weighed 50 lbs. And been 22 inches
at the withers.