20-25 lbs
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Wheagle is comprised of two breeds, The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and the Beagle, both of which are known for their playful, good-natured attitudes and affection for people. Wheagles are no different. These playful pups make excellent companions for children and will keep their puppy-like demeanor throughout their lifetime. The only downside to Wheagles is that their intelligence means they can be stubborn when it comes to training. Be sure to start obedience training young and reinforce it continually. Consistently exercising your Wheagle will do wonders for keeping their boundless energy in check.

Date of Origin
Beagle, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Wheagle Health

Average Size
Male Wheagle size stats
Height: 18-20 inches Weight: 25-30 lbs
Female Wheagle size stats
Height: 15-18 inches Weight: 20-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Protein Wasting Diseases (Ple And Pln)
  • Renal Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Distichiasis
  • Cherry Eye
  • Skin Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Flea Allergy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Ear Infections
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • General Physical Examination
  • Eye and Ear Examination
  • Hip and Knee
  • Blood and Urine Protein Screens

Wheagle Breed History

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was bred as a farm dog for the working class in Ireland. This strong, compact dog was used to herd livestock and hunt vermin, including rats. Irish commoners were not legally allowed to own Hounds, so they created this breed to help them out. The Wheaten Terrier wasn’t officially admitted to the Irish Kennel Club until 1937. Fittingly, this took place on Saint Patrick’s Day. This jovial breed made its first trip to the United States in 1946 but wasn’t admitted to the American Kennel Club until 1973. The Beagle is an old breed whose ancestors date back as early as the Roman times! They are believed to be descended from the, now extinct, Talbot Hound, a hunting dog that was brought to England by William the Conqueror in 1066. Elizabeth I reportedly had packs of dogs called Pocket Beagles, a tiny version of what we now refer to as a Beagle. These dogs were used for hunting but were soon replaced by the larger Foxhound which was much faster due to having longer legs. Thankfully the Beagle breed managed to survive and had a resurgence in popularity during the 1800s when they began to be used for hunting rabbits. They soon won over Americans with their dashing good looks and began to be imported to the United States. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885, and have remained a popular breed ever since. The Wheagle is a recent hybrid breed and therefore not much is known about its history. Due to the friendly personalities, convenient sizes, and intelligence of its parent breeds, there’s no doubt that it’s a winning combination!

Wheagle Breed Appearance

Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are known and loved for their wavy, silky coats that may come in cream or black. They have small or medium ears that drop forward, a square build and long legs. Their eyes are brown and almond shaped, and their tail is relatively straight, never curling over their back. Beagles, too, have a square compact body and straight front legs. Their tail is slightly curved and often erect (especially when they are happy or on the hunt!). They have compact, round paws, and big brown eyes. Their ears are medium to large and hang against the side of their head. Their muzzle is medium sized, straight, and square, and their nose may be brown or black. Beagles have a smooth but relatively dense double coat that slicks water and keeps them warm. They may come in many different colors including white and tan, tricolor, blue tick, white and brown, or any combination of these. The appearance of the Wheagle will vary depending on which genetic variations of the parent breeds, but it’s safe to say that they may have any combination of these features. One thing is for sure though, they will have big, brown, puppy dog eyes.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Wheagle eyes
amber Wheagle eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Wheagle nose
brown Wheagle nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Wheagle coat
cream Wheagle coat
red Wheagle coat
brown Wheagle coat
black Wheagle coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Wheagle wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Wheagle Breed Maintenance

Thankfully, whether the Wheagle inherits the silky, wavy fur of its Wheaten Terrier parent or the smooth, double coat from the Beagle side of the family, grooming is pretty low maintenance. Weekly brushing will help eliminate tangles or dead fur. They should be bathed on an as-needed basis, given the Wheaten’s tendency toward sensitive skin. If they inherit the large ears of their Beagle relatives, be sure to check them a few times each month for signs of irritation; air may get trapped there and cause infections. Weekly tooth brushing is ideal to avoid tartar buildup, and monthly toenail trimming will keep their nails in good condition. 

Brushes for Wheagle
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Wheagle requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Wheagle Temperament

One word commonly used to describe both of the Wheagle’s parent breeds is  “amiable.” The Wheagle is undoubtedly a wonderful family pet. They are active, playful and young at heart. They love to spend time with their humans, particularly young ones! These pups make great watch dogs as they are sure to raise the alarm when someone comes to the door, but don’t expect them to guard anything. They are lovers, not fighters and are quick to befriend anyone they meet, including other animals. They are energetic dogs, and it is essential that they receive plenty of exercise. Otherwise, they may become destructive; chewing things they shouldn’t, digging holes, or even trying to escape their yard in search of adventure. Wheagles are intelligent and relatively easy to train, however, they do best with reward-based training; they need to feel as though there is something in it for them, or they will lose interest. Beagles are known to be very food oriented, a trait that Wheagles may inherit. As a result, they may be very protective of their food dishes. Ensure you teach them to tolerate people handling their food dish while they are young to avoid issues with this. All in all, these playful pups are very loving and affectionate and make great pets, especially for families with young children. They are so cute that it’s nearly impossible to resist them! 

Wheagle Activity Requirements

Exercise is crucial for these intelligent, active dogs. Wheagles are bound to be yappy and destructive if they do not receive sufficient exercise. Plan to walk them for at least an hour each day, though more would be ideal for younger dogs. Because they are so intelligent, Wheagles need mental stimulation in addition to exercise. This could be in the form of training exercises, or even scent tracking games (something Beagles love!). This type of activity will keep your dog engaged and help channel their energy. This is a very people-oriented breed, so your pup will be happy to snuggle with you so long as their exercise needs are met. Wheagles can do well living in any environment, but they can be noisy, which means they aren’t necessarily ideal for apartment living. However, plentiful exercise will reduce their tendency to bark. These hardy dogs will do well in any climate, but they favor the cold.

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

Wheagle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Wheagle Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Wheagle size stats at six months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 16.5 lbs
Female Wheagle size stats at six months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 13.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Wheagle size stats at 12 months
Height: 16.0 inches Weight: 21.5 lbs
Female Wheagle size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 16.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Wheagle size stats at 18 months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 27.5 lbs
Female Wheagle size stats at 18 months
Height: 16.5 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs

Wheagle Owner Experiences

11 Years
4 People
House & Yard
My wheagle, Bailey, just passed a month ago. She was the easiest dog to train, house break. She was never destructive. If you took her to the dog park she was only interested in people! She greeted everyone with tail wagging. I miss her terribly and would love to get another.
1 month, 1 week ago
3 Months
3 People
House & Yard
We have loved having Gracie. A wonderful addition to our family. My six year old son is crazy about her. She is nipping a lot right now and we need to get her into training but I think once we do that she will get better. She loves to ride with us and is social.
4 months, 2 weeks ago
3 Months
2 People
House & Yard
See aboveshe likes too cuddle
8 months, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
2 People
Explore the woods
Fantastic. Couldn't live without him.
1 year ago
9 Weeks
3 People
Just getting to know him
Just got him. Really enjoying him. Lovely little dog. Friendly intelligent if naughty at times. VERY funny
1 year, 3 months ago
9 Years
1 People
House & Yard
Best dog ever! So sweet and so friendly!
2 years, 11 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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