The Soft Coated Wheaten temperament is a combination of alert intelligence and steadiness. He is a lively, affectionate dog that is extremely adaptable. No matter his lifestyle, he is happy — as long as he is with his human pack. He is less scrappy than other terriers, though he is still self-confident and independent. He is a good watchdog, and will bark to alert his family to strangers. He is not inclined to be timid or aggressive.
The Soft Coated Wheaten is a great family dog, and can be a good friend to children. His exuberance can overwhelm very young children, so he is probably better suited as a companion for older kids (elementary school and up).
The Wheaten’s steady temperament is predictable, as is his penchant for wandering and chasing cats, squirrels or anything small, fast, and fuzzy. To protect the Wheaten from himself (and keep him safe), make sure the yard is securely fenced and keep him on leash when he’s not in the house or yard. He seems hard-wired to pull on the leash, so practice nice leash manners with him from day one.
Training should begin right away for the Soft Coated Wheaten puppy. Even at 8 weeks old, he is capable of learning good manners. Never wait until he is 6 months old to begin training, or you will have a bigger, more difficult dog to handle. If possible, get him into puppy kindergarten class by the time he is 10 to 12 weeks old, and socialize, socialize, socialize. However, be aware that many puppy training classes require certain vaccines (like kennel cough) to be up to date, and many veterinarians recommend limited exposure to other dogs and public places until puppy vaccines (including rabies, distemper and parvovirus) have been completed. In lieu of formal training, you can begin training your puppy at home and socializing him among family and friends until puppy vaccines are completed. These experiences as a young dog will help him grow into a sensible, calm adult dog.
Wheatens can be difficult to train at times due to their terrier independence, but they respond very well to consistent, patient lessons. They tend to like to jump up on people, and pull on the leash. Correct these bad habits early should they arise.
Talk with a reputable, experienced Soft Coated Wheaten breeder. Describe exactly what you’re looking for in a canine companion, and ask for assistance in selecting a puppy. Breeders see the puppies daily and can make uncannily accurate recommendations once they know something about your lifestyle and personality. Choose a puppy whose parents have nice personalities and who has been well socialized by the breeder from birth.