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Soft Coated Wheatzer

Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
Soft Coated Wheatzer - Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and Miniature
The parents of Soft Coated Wheatzer. Left: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Right: Miniature Schnauzer

The Soft Coated Wheatzer is a mixed breed being the cross of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer. She is a small to medium sized cross with a life span of 12 to 15 years and may also be called just a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier/Miniature Schnauzer Mix. She is a happy and cheerful dog who is lively and energized.

Here is the Soft Coated Wheatzer at a Glance
Average height 13 to 18 inches
Average weight 20 to 40 pounds
Coat type Medium, thick, soft, wavy to curly
Hypoallergenic? Can be (Soft Coated Wheaten is)
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low usually but could be more if coat is like the Schnauzer’s
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate – prefers not to be alone
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to very good depending on coat type
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good to very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Above average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good due to size but need daily exercise outside
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Easy to train
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Protein-Losing Nephropathy,
Other Health Concerns Hip Dysplasia, eye problems, ear infections
Life Span 10 – 15 years
Average new Puppy Price Unknown
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $680 to $780

Where does the Soft Coated Wheatzer come from?

The Soft Coated Wheatzer does not have a lot of information known about her as is the case with a lot of designer dogs, so called because these are purposely bred mixed dogs. Care should be taken when thinking of getting a designer dog as there are a lot of people you should not buy from out there breeding them for money with no skill, knowledge or care for the animals themselves. These first generation dogs can have variations about them even in the same litter. Here is a look at the two parents to give you a feel for what goes into this dog.

The Miniature Schnauzer

In late 19th century Germany the Miniature Schnauzer was developed from the Standard Schnauzer and small dogs like the Miniature Pinscher, Affenpinscher and so on. It was used to catch vermin like rats on farms, to be a good guard dog and to help hunt smaller prey. Despite the two world wars having quite a negative impact on dog breeding in Germany in general in fact the Miniature Schnauzer managed to maintain its popularity.

Today the dog we know as a Miniature Schnauzer is quite different in appearance to that dog in the late 1800s. He was a lot more colorful then but today the most popular colors are black and silver. He is a social dog, likes to be at the center of activity and can be quite feisty. He likes to be near you all the time and you will have to get used to feeling him touch some point of you throughout the day. He is intelligent though and training goes well despite his willful side.

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is of Irish origins. He was a farm dog who cleared the place of rats and helped with some hunting and guarded the people and property. He was definitely a working man’s dog. It is likely he descends from the Irish Terrier and the Kerry Blue Terrier though there is no recording of this. He was recognized by the Irish Kennel Club in 1937 and came to America in 1946. In 1962 the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America began and the AKC recognized him in 1973.

Today this is a confident and happy dog, alert to bark as a watchdog but too friendly to actually offer protection. He gets on great with everyone though he does still have strong prey instincts and will chase small animals. This is a very steady and social dog.


The Soft Coated Wheatzer is a lovely sweet dog, very easy to love and very affectionate in return. She is cheerful and brings an energy to the home. She enjoys playing and is intelligent and eager to please. She is super friendly and can offer a lot to any home looking for a new family member. She prefers not to be left alone for too long and she likes to be near you. She responds well to strangers and is very loyal.

What does the Soft Coated Wheatzer look like

This is a small to medium sized dog weighing 20 to 40 pounds and standing 13 to 18 inches tall. Her coat can be like either parent but can be soft, thick, wavy to curly and medium in length. Common colors are silver, golden, white, brown, black and wheat.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Soft Coated Wheatzer need to be?

Being fairly active means while she can live in an apartment she will need regular outdoor time in the form of a couple of good length walks. She should also be given some time in a dog park or somewhere you and she can play together and she can go off leash safely. If there is a backyard that is a great bonus place for her to play but is not actually a requirement.

Does she train quickly?

Soft Coated Wheatzer are easy to train. Because of her intelligence and nature she may even train quicker than many dogs because there may be less repetition. Basic obedience should be a breeze and then you can decide how much further you are going to take it. Also make sure you have socialization sessions as soon as she is home, a well socialized dog is more confident and happy and makes your life easier too. When training keep it positive, offer treats and praise to encourage her. Be consistent in your approach but also be firm about it. She needs to know you are the boss.

Living with a Soft Coated Wheatzer

How much grooming is needed?

There will be a moderate amount of grooming involved when taking care of a Soft Coated Wheatzer. With a coat like the terrier it could be hypoallergenic and low shedding but a coat more like the Schnauzer will shed a bit more and will not be good for those with allergies. A thick coat is going to be hard to brush, it will need brushing daily to keep tangles away and get rid of debris. Because of the thickness and how quick the hair grows it may need regular trimming at a professional groomers. Avoid bathing too often to protect her skin’s natural oils. When it is needed though use a dog shampoo only.

When it comes to her ears the hair growth around them can make keeping them clean harder. But it is important to take care of them and clean them weekly checking for infection each time. Do not insert anything into them. Clean her teeth two to three times a week and have the groomer clip her toe nails when they get too long. It is something you can do yourself but take the time to learn how, there are nerves and blood vessels to avoid in them.

What is she like with children and other animals?

She is very good with children, she will play and is affectionate with them, especially with socialization and when raised with them. She is also very good with other dogs. Make sure though she is leashed when out walking, she does like to chase small animals so might try to take off if she sees a squirrel. She is best not with homes that allow small pets like guinea pigs or rabbits to roam the home.

General information

Her barking is rare, some can be good watchdogs with training but she is not likely to act in your defense. She should be fed a good quality dry dog food as it is better for her. She will need about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups a day split into at least two meals.

Health Concerns

Health issues she can inherit from her parents include Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Protein-Losing Nephropathy, Protein-Losing Enteropathy, Addison’s Disease and Renal dysplasia. Buy from good breeders for a healthier animals and ask to see parental health clearances.

Costs involved in owning a Soft Coated Wheatzer

The price of a Soft Coated Wheatzer is currently not available as it is a hard to find dog at the moment. Initial and annual costs can be explored though. Medical needs include a vet examination, blood tests, shots, spaying, micro chipping and deworming. Basic items needed will include a carrier, crate, bowls and collar and leash. These initial costs come to about $500. Annual costs for medical essentials like pet insurance, shots, check ups and flea prevention come to $460 to $560. Annual non-medical cost essentials like food, grooming, treats, license, basic training and toys come to $680 to $780.


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The Soft Coated Wheatzer is a great medium sized dog and could be in a home with a single or couple owner or with a family. She is energetic and bright, happy and loyal. Her coat does take a bit more effort to care for if it is kept thick and she does not like to be left alone.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.