Wheaten Terrier puppies are usually dark brown or red when they are born, and they may have ears and muzzles that are black or dark brown. The puppy coat grows out to be almost white, and then it turns a wheaten color by the time the dog is 2 years old. American dogs have a coat that is heavier than the thin, silky coats of Irish and European Wheatens.
The average Soft-Coated Wheaten is 17" to 19" tall and 30 to 45 pounds in weight. Wheatens need regular grooming to keep their coats from getting matted. They can also be clippered. Health issues include a couple of protein-wasting diseases, renal dysplasia, inflammatory bowel disease, Addison's disease, and cancer. Most Wheatens live to be 12-15 years old.
Wheaten Terriers are happy, playful, spirited, energetic, and intelligent. They greet people enthusiastically by jumping up on them. They are not as scrappy as some terriers, but they are still very active dogs. If they haven't grown up with cats, they may use their strong prey drive to chase them. Wheatens are very protective of their families and will bark to alert them to the presence of strangers. In general, this breed is good with children, but they might get excited and noisy while playing.
Another thing Wheatens like to do is dig holes, but my theory is that the reason they do that is because they are looking for a leprechaun's pot of gold!