The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. It is generally a healthy dog but can be prone to certain illnesses. While this does not mean that will develop any or all of them, owners need to be aware of these health issues. Be wary of Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Cataracts, Retinal Dysplasia, Renal Dysplasia, Protein-Losing Enteropathyphy,
Protein-Losing Nephropathy, Addison’s disease, Congenital Deafness, Hip Dysplasia, Atopy,
Lymphangiectasia, skin allergies, and different types of cancers.
The Wheatie is a high-energy dog that needs at least an hour of exercise in the form of walks and runs, free time at a securely fenced yard, and canine sports such as flyball, agility and obedience. You wouldn’t want this dog to be bored or it can become destructive and noisy.