Soft Coated Wheatzer

20-25 lbs
14-17"
United States
Miniature Schnauzer
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
The Soft Coated Wheatzer is a hybrid breed that is a mix of the Miniature Schnauzer and the SoftCoated Wheaten Terrier. They are generally small to medium sized dogs, weighing under 30 pounds and usually shorter than 18 inches tall. Their medium-length coat is soft and wavy, comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and is thick and water resistant. The Soft Coated Wheatzer is a fantastic companion pet for your family and even enjoys other pets and children. They are easy to train and eager to please, very healthy overall, and live to be about 14 years old.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Miniature Schnauzer and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft Coated Wheatzer Health

Average Size
Male Soft Coated Wheatzer size stats
Height: 15-18 inches Weight: 25-30 lbs
Female Soft Coated Wheatzer size stats
Height: 14-17 inches Weight: 20-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Protein Wasting Diseases (Ple And Pln)
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cardiac Disease
  • Kidney Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Allergies
  • Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
  • Skin Conditions
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Bladder Stones
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Cardiac Test
  • Allergy Testing

Soft Coated Wheatzer Breed History

While the Soft Coated Wheatzer has been around for about 30 years, they have not made much of a history for themselves. Therefore, you have to look at the histories of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. The Miniature Schnauzer is a German breed that is the smallest of the Schnauzers and was bred in the 1800s to hunt rats and mice. They were developed by combining small Standard Schnauzers with Poodles and Affenpinschers to create a smaller and more affectionate breed that would be a good ratter and family pet. They were known as the Wirehaired Pinscher at one time but were finally given their new name although they are still in the small Terrier group. The name Schnauzer means small beard, which is how they got their modern name and how they got a nickname of the old man. The breed once came in many different colors but now only comes in salt and pepper, black, silver, and gray. They are the 17th most common dog breed in the United States and have been part of the American Kennel Club since 1926. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was bred to work on farms in the 18th century from various types of Terriers such as the Glen of Imaal, Irish, and Kerry Blue. They were not officially considered a true dog breed until the late 1930s even though they had a long history in Ireland before this. However, there were no records kept about this breed previously. According to the British Penal Codes, Irish citizens were not able to own dogs worth more than five pounds and if any British man was interested in these dogs, the Irish man had to sell it to him. In the 20th century, the Catholics were able to rescind the laws that made it illegal for the Irish to own better dogs and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier declined in popularity. But, in the 1930s, this breed became popular again and even became acknowledged by the Irish Kennel Club. They made it to America in the 1940s, were accepted by the AKC in 1973, and now they are the 50th most well-liked dog in the United States. 

Soft Coated Wheatzer Breed Appearance

The Soft Coated Wheatzer is a small dog with a soft, dense, medium length coat that is usually wavy and comes in black, tan, silver, pied, and merle colors. They have a rectangular head with a long muzzle, black nose, and a long, thick beard. Their brown eyes are big and almond-shaped with a serious and alert expression. Their ears are triangular and pendulous, hanging down on their face and they have a lock of hair that hangs over their face as well. The Soft Coated Wheatzer has long legs and a rectangular body with a long tail that stands up straight or curls over their back.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Soft Coated Wheatzer eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Soft Coated Wheatzer nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
pied Soft Coated Wheatzer coat
Pied
silver Soft Coated Wheatzer coat
Silver
fawn Soft Coated Wheatzer coat
Fawn
black Soft Coated Wheatzer coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Soft Coated Wheatzer wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Soft Coated Wheatzer Breed Maintenance

You should start grooming your Soft Coated Wheatzer when she is a puppy to get her used to the rigorous maintenance requirements that will need to be done on a regular basis. The breed has a tendency to have dental problems so you should brush your dog’s teeth with a soft toothbrush and special toothpaste made for dogs. Bathing your Soft Coated Wheatzer should only be done once a month or as needed because their skin can become dry from too much shampooing. Brush your dog thoroughly with a slicker brush, steel comb, and stiff bristle brush at least four or five times a day to keep her coat healthy and free from mats.
Brushes for Soft Coated Wheatzer
Slicker Brush
Dematter
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Soft Coated Wheatzer requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Soft Coated Wheatzer Temperament

While the Soft Coated Wheatzer is a loyal and friendly dog that loves people, they still have Terrier blood and may have the tendency to hunt small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Therefore, if you have small pets, they should not be left alone together. The Soft Coated Wheatzer trains quickly and easily so they are good pets for those who have not owned dogs before. However, they need to be trained properly and consistently and socialized early and often. They are not good guard dogs since they are so friendly but they can alert you to dangers with their loud bark.

Soft Coated Wheatzer Activity Requirements

Your Soft Coated Wheatzer needs a lot of exercise due to her high energy level so you should take her out at least an hour per day, every day. Dogs that do not get enough exercise, both mental and physical, can have disciplinary problems and become bored or anxious. They may start chewing on your personal property, barking excessively, and can even become aggressive. Some fun activities for you and your dog include playing fetch, going to the beach, playing with other dogs at the dog park, agility training, hunting, going for walks in the neighborhood, swimming, and obedience training. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Soft Coated Wheatzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $2.00
Monthly Cost
$45.00 - $60.00

Soft Coated Wheatzer Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Soft Coated Wheatzer size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Soft Coated Wheatzer size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 7 lbs
12 Months
Male Soft Coated Wheatzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Soft Coated Wheatzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 12 lbs
18 Months
Male Soft Coated Wheatzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Female Soft Coated Wheatzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 22 lbs

Soft Coated Wheatzer Owner Experiences

SAM - ARWEN
4 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
They are very intelligent and learn fast, very friendly with other dogs, playful, cheerful and extraordinarily sensitive with their owner. So far with four years I have no health problems with any of my wheatzer
6 months, 2 weeks ago
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