Kerry Wheaten

33-36 lbs
Kerry Blue Terrier
Soft-Coated Wheaten
The Kerry Wheaten is a hybrid which is a product of the breeding of a Kerry Blue Terrier with a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.  This is a fairly new breed and, as such, there isn't much information available about the hybrid itself.  Therefore, one must get the potential information about the hybrid from the parent breeds themselves.  Both the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Soft Coated Wheaten have a life span of 12 to 15 years, an average weight that ranges from 33 pounds to 40 pounds and stands at a height that ranges from 18 inches to 19 inches. It is unknown as to the origin of the Kerry Wheaten hybrid but both parent breeds originated in Ireland and both were bred for activities that involved hunting, droving, guarding, herding and controlling of various types of vermin on the Irish farms.  Both parent breeds share personality traits of alertness, affection, playfulness, gentleness and loyalty with the Kerry Blue parent adding aggressiveness, independence and protectiveness to the bio mix.  Both parent breeds fall into the high maintenance category, having medium to long, thick, soft and dense coats.  Both parent breeds are minimal shedders and they are considered to be hypoallergenic. Today, they function as companions and family members in addition to the activities for which the breeds were created.
purpose Purpose
Hunting, agility, obedience, companion, protection
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Kerry Wheaten Health

Average Size
Male Kerry Wheaten size stats
Height: 18-19 inches Weight: 33-37 lbs
Female Kerry Wheaten size stats
Height: 17-18 inches Weight: 33-36 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Familial Nephropathy
  • Hypoadrenocorticism
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
Minor Concerns
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Bleeding Disorder
  • Microphthalmia
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Tests
  • Blood And Urine Protein Screens
  • X-Rays
  • Ear Examination
  • X-ray imaging
  • Eye Examinations
  • Schirmer Tear Test
  • Blood Analysis
  • Blood And Urine Analysis

Kerry Wheaten Breed History

The Kerry Wheaten is a newer hybrid canine for which there is little to no information available about the hybrid itself.  There is, however, an abundance of information available on the two parent breeds, the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.  Since there is no known date or location of origin, nor is there any information about the reason why the two breeds were combined, we will have to glean whatever we can from the histories of the two parent breeds.  The Kerry Blue Terrier. also known as the Irish Blue Terrier, originated in the southwestern part of Ireland sometime in the late 1700's or early 1800's.  It was bred to hunt and eliminate rats, attend to livestock and guard people and property.  The exact heritage of the Kerry Blue is surrounded in mystery, but it is believed that several other terrier breeds had some influence on the breed's development.  Those other terrier breeds included: the Irish Terrier, the Welsh Terrier, the Bedlington Terrier and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.   The breed began to appear in the show ring in the late 19th century and was eventually brought to America to appear in the show ring at the 1922 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Gardens in the Miscellaneous class.  The Irish Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1922 with The Kennel Club (England) soon thereafter.  The American Kennel Club officially recognized the Kerry Blue Terrier breed in 1924.  Today, in addition to the breed's excellent performance in the show ring, the Kerry Blue still maintains his premier strengths in hunting and herding, as well as cultivating skills as an earth dog, gun dog, retriever, guard/watch dog and family companion.  The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, also known as the poor man's wolf hound, is a breed that also hails from Ireland and can be traced back at least to the 1700's through records in County Kerry and County Cork.  Though the Wheatens were found all over Ireland, they were predominately located in the south and southwestern areas of the country many years before record keeping began.  It seems this breed was more of a wild breed, running freely and having their litters in barns, brush, haystacks or any place where they could find adequate protection for their young.  Given this wild beginning, only the healthiest and most fit Wheatens were able to survive.  It is believed that this may be the oldest breed of Irish terriers. This wild beginning wasn't the only blow dealt the Wheatens; it seems that tax laws established early in English history prevented the poor man from owning a hunting dog worth more than five British pounds, standing taller than 19 inches at the withers and having a long tail without being taxed beyond what they could pay.  So, the poor man (also known as commoners) developed a breed which stands 19 inches tall, is worth less than five British pounds and has a docked tail to avoid being taxed and still provide them with the hunting dog they needed.  The Wheaten became a hard-working, all-around, multipurpose dog for the struggling tenant farmers and provided them with not only guardianship of their property, possessions and people, but also was valued as a eradicator of vermin and herder of a variety of livestock.  The Wheaten was truly built for these activities as the dense coat allowed them to perform virtually in any task required and even permitted them to bolt badgers and fox from their dens.  This multipurpose canine breed was so very skilled in all of the areas needed by the tenant farmers but he is also gentle and loving and quickly became a beloved family companion.  It was 1937 before the Irish Kennel Club recognized this versatile canine breed, competing for the first time in the Irish Kennel Club Dog Specialty Show that same year on Saint Patrick's Day.  The Wheaten made its way to the United States in 1946 and was finally recognized by the American Kennel Club  in 1973 and in Canada in 1978.  The Kerry Wheaten hybrid is recognized by:  The American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc. and the International Designer Canine Registry.

Kerry Wheaten Breed Appearance

The Kerry Wheaton is a hybrid resulting from the breeding of a Kerry Blue Terrier and a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.  Since this is a newer breed and not much information is available on the hybrid itself, we must glean what we can about the appearance of the Kerry Wheaton from the parent breeds.  The Kerry Blue Terrier is described as a medium-sized canine with a well-muscled and sturdy body , a coat that is blue-grey in color, thick and wavy. He has a well-balanced long head, whiskers, beard and bushy eyebrows.  The ears are small and v-shaped and fold toward the eyes which are small, dark and expressive.  The Kerry Blue has a black nose with large, wide nostrils, a tail which is set high, of moderate length and carried high.  Kerry Blue puppies are generally black in color, gradually lighten as they age -- a process called "clearing".  The available colors for the Kerry Blue is blue or gray.  The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is described as a medium-sized canine whose body is compact and square, with a coat that is wavy and thick, colored in shades of wheaten.  The Wheaten's head is described as long and rectangular with a strong muzzle, v-shaped ears that fold over toward the skull, level with the skull.  He has almond shaped, brown expressive eyes and a large black nose. The Wheaten's tail is docked and is always carried erect.  Both parent breeds have a level scissors bite and strong jaws.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Kerry Wheaten eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Kerry Wheaten nose
Coat Color Possibilities
blue Kerry Wheaten coat
gray Kerry Wheaten coat
brown Kerry Wheaten coat
fawn Kerry Wheaten coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Kerry Wheaten wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Kerry Wheaten Breed Maintenance

The Kerry Wheaton, being a hybrid mix of the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, can take on the maintenance traits of either or both parent breeds.  As such, he will likely be hypoallergenic, a minimal shedder and require relatively high maintenance to keep his medium to long, thick, dense, wavy and silky coat clean, free of debris and loose hair and untangled.  The required brushing schedule will likely be several times a week with bathing as needed.  Regular weekly checks of his ear for debris and infection with appropriate cleaning as needed, as well as regular weekly teeth brushing will help keep him healthy and happy.  Your veterinary professional can guide you on the appropriate ways to accomplish these maintenance tasks. A monthly trimming of his toenails will be required unless his normal activities allow them to be kept ground down to an appropriate length.  Regular eye examinations will be required to be done by your veterinary professional to assess and monitor any of the eye conditions which are known to either or both of the parent breeds.  Both parent breeds fit into the low categories of drooling and smell.
Brushes for Kerry Wheaten
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Kerry Wheaten requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Kerry Wheaten Temperament

Your Kerry Wheaten hybrid can inherit any or all of the temperament traits from the parent breeds, the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.  As such he can be: affectionate, aggressive, alert, cheerful, gentle, friendly, independent, loyal, playful and protective.  Both parent breeds are great with kids but maybe not so much with the family cat or other small animals, with both parent breeds contributing strong hunting and tracking skills to the bio mix.  They are both rated with moderate to high tendencies to wander and hunting drive, so whenever you and your Kerry Wheaten are outdoors or outside the back yard fence, you will be well-advised to keep him on leash -- that is unless you enjoy chasing your pet as he catches an interesting scent and takes pursuit to wherever that pursuit takes him.  Both breeds are generally friendly with strangers, can tolerate moderate weather ranges, can live in urban or rural settings and really don't like being left alone.

Kerry Wheaten Activity Requirements

Your Kerry Wheaten hybrid family member will require at least 60 minutes a day of exercise.  This hybrid product created from breeding a Kerry Blue Terrier with a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier will likely have moderate to high levels of energy as contributed by the parent breeds.  The exercise requirement can be in the form of daily walks or jogs, playing in the dog park, playing and running within the fenced yard,  dog sports like herding, agility, earth dog training, tracking, fly ball or playing any type of ball.   Your Kerry Wheaten hybrid will likely be able to adapt to most moderate weather conditions, enabling him to live in any climate, provided he is given appropriate protection from the weather extremes when necessary.  He can live in urban or rural settings, in apartments, condos or family homes with or without a fenced yard, provided he gets the moderate to high levels (at least 60 minutes a day) of exercise that he needs to stay healthy, fit and happy.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Kerry Wheaten Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Kerry Wheaten Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Kerry Wheaten size stats at six months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 26.5 lbs
Female Kerry Wheaten size stats at six months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 25.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Kerry Wheaten size stats at 12 months
Height: 17.5 inches Weight: 33.0 lbs
Female Kerry Wheaten size stats at 12 months
Height: 17.0 inches Weight: 31.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Kerry Wheaten size stats at 18 months
Height: 18.0 inches Weight: 34.5 lbs
Female Kerry Wheaten size stats at 18 months
Height: 17.0 inches Weight: 32.5 lbs

Kerry Wheaten Owner Experiences

12 Years
3 People
I also have a purebred Kerry Blue. I love him dearly but my Wheaton/Kerry is much more affectionate and calm. I swear he’s part human. My purebred is just very much canine.
4 years, 9 months ago
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