Wheaten Terrier mixes come in a wonderful range of shapes, sizes and personalities.
The right blend of parents can result in a pretty perfect puppy.
But how can you possibly pick between them?
The Wheaten Terrier, or “Wheatable” as some enthusiasts have nicknamed this pup, is an Irish farm dog to the core.
Some might even say the Wheaten is a canine jack-of-all-trades, excelling in guarding, herding, ratting, hunting and cuddling with their people.
But what are the most popular Wheaten Terrier mix breed dogs, and which one will suit you?
A fully grown Wheaten Terrier weighs between 30 and 40 pounds and stands 17 to 19 inches tall.
There is no doubt that this dog’s natural good looks play into the desire to have him as a pet.
One of the main reasons Wheaten Terriers are so popular and beloved is because of their personalities.
They are cheerful, outgoing, tireless when “on the job,” and good with families of all ages.
There is little not to love about the precious Wheaten.
However, because even this dog is still a Terrier at heart, prepare for stubbornness and independence during training sessions.
As a side note, the Wheaten Terrier has the strong prey drive of all herding-type working dogs.
You may not ever be able to let your Wheaten off-leash with total safety.
Wheaten Terrier Coats
The Wheaten Terrier originally hails from Ireland, but today this breed sports two distinctive coat types.
Both coat types are single-coated (so no insulating undercoat) and non-shedding.
The original “Irish” coat is the signature wavy, silky coat the breed has become known for.
The newer English/American coat type is heavier, denser and more woolly than silky—some say “teddy bear-like.”
Health and Longevity of the Wheaten Terrier
The Canine Health Information Center recommends that Wheaten Terrier parent dogs be pre-tested for hip dysplasia and eye issues.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America (SCWTCA) points out four other genetic health issues of primary concern:
- protein-losing nephropathy
- protein-losing enteropathy
- Addison’s disease
- Renal Dysplasia.
One additional heritable condition in Wheatens was discovered by researchers at the University of Helsinki.
It is called bilateral microphthalmia and results in incurable blindness.
The Wheaten Terrier has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
Wheaten Terrier Mixes
“Hybrid vigour” states that adding fresh genetic influence may strengthen canine health in purebred dogs.
The purpose of true hybrid breeding programs is to support better canine health for show dogs, working dogs and companion canines in future generations.
Wheaten Terrier Types
Here are some of the amazing mixes we’ll look at today:
- American Eskimo Wheaten Terrier Mix (Wheaten Eskimo)
- Australian Shepherd Wheaten Terrier Mix (Aussie Wheaten)
- Beagle Wheaten Terrier Mix (Wheagle)
- Border Collie Wheaten Terrier Mix (Border Wheaten)
- Boxer Wheaten Terrier Mix (Woxer)
- Bulldog Wheaten Terrier Mix (Bully Wheaten)
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Wheaten Terrier Mix (King Wheaten)
- Chow Chow Wheaten Terrier Mix (Wheatenchow)
- Golden Retriever Wheaten Terrier Mix (Soft Coated Golden)
- Havanese Wheaten Terrier Mix (Havawheat)
- Jack Russell Terrier Wheaten Terrier Mix (Jackawheat)
- Kerry Blue Terrier Wheaten Terrier Mix (Kerry Wheaten)
- Labrador Retriever Wheaten Terrier Mix (Wheatador)
- Lhasa Apso Wheaten Terrier Mix (Wheaten Apso)
- Miniature Schnauzer Wheaten Terrier Mix (Soft Coated Wheatzer)
- Poodle Wheaten Terrier Mix (Whoodle)
- Portuguese Water Dog Wheaten Terrier Mix (Portuguese Wheaten)
- Pug Wheaten Terrier Mix (Pugawheat)
- Shih Tzu Wheaten Terrier Mix (Wheat-Tzu)
- Yorkshire Terrier Wheaten Terrier Mix (Wheaten Yorkie)
American Eskimo Wheaten Terrier Mix (Wheaten Eskimo)
The American Eskimo dog is bred in three sizes.
But the most common hybrid pairing breeds the standard “Eskie,” who weighs 25 to 35 pounds, to the Wheaten, who weighs 30 to 40 pounds.
This results in a weight range of 25 to 40 pounds for your Wheaten Eskimo.
The typical life expectancy for a Wheaten Eskimo is increased in this pairing to 10 to 15 years.
This dog pairs a single-coated, non-shedding pup with a double-coated, heavily shedding pup.
So expect some type of happy medium with moderate shedding and grooming duties.
Unlike terriers, Eskies are not stubborn and have a strong drive to please in training and life.
Your hybrid pup may be more biddable and highly likely to want to learn tricks.
Australian Shepherd Wheaten Terrier Mix (Aussie Wheaten)
The Australian Shepherd weighs 40 to 65 pounds.
This hybrid breeding results in a slightly larger, heavier pup weighing between 30 and 65 pounds.
Your Aussie Wheaten’s average life expectancy is 10 to 15 years.
This dog pairs a double-coated shedding breed with a single-coated non-shedding breed, so you may get year-round and/or seasonal shedding.
This hybrid dog gets the strong working dog ethic from both parents and may be somewhat independent in temperament. Australian Shepherds are notoriously hard working dogs.
However, they are very loyal and affectionate.
Beagle Wheaten Terrier Mix (Wheagle)
The Wheagle weighs 20 to 40 pounds and lives 10 to 15 years.
Your hybrid may have a partial double coat and inherit the Beagle’s musical howl rather than the Wheaten’s bark, depending on parent influence.
Your Wheagle is bright, active and people-centric.
Border Collie Wheaten Terrier Mix (Border Wheaten)
An adult Border Wheaten weighs 30 to 55 pounds and live 10 to 15 years.
Your Border Wheaten will shed somewhat year-round and seasonally regardless of coat type.
This is a high-energy working dog and canine athlete to the core. The Border Collie is a very intelligent and loyal companion for the right homes.
Boxer Wheaten Terrier Mix (Woxer)
The Woxer may weigh anywhere from 30 to 80 pounds depending on which parent dog your puppy favors.
This dog’s life expectancy is 10 to 12 years.
This hybrid will shed moderately and will benefit from regular brushing.
Your Woxer is at risk of inheriting health concerns associated with the Boxer’s brachycephalic (flat) muzzle shape. But some Boxer’s have a better head shape than others.
Bulldog Wheaten Terrier Mix (Bully Wheaten)
The Bully Wheaten weighs 30 to 50 pounds. Their typical life span is eight to 12 years.
This dog will shed year-round. Luckily, your pup’s winning personality makes up for some of the cleaning duties.
Your Bully Wheaten could have concerning health issues from the Bulldog parent’s brachycephalic muzzle shape. Unfortunately, we recommend avoiding any English Bulldog mix for this reason.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Wheaten Terrier Mix (King Wheaten)
The King Wheaten’s weight range is 13 to 40 pounds with a life span of 10 to 15 years.
This dog inherits silky, longer hair from both parents.
Your King Wheaten could inherit serious health issues known to impact purebred Cavaliers.
Chow Chow Wheaten Terrier Mix (Wheatenchow)
Your Wheatenchow probably weighs 30 to 55 pounds and lives eight to 12 years.
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Expect regular, and at times profuse, shedding—especially if your pup takes after the Chow side.
Check your state’s dangerous dog laws (and your insurance policy restrictions) before choosing a Chow mix. The Chow Chow is banned in some areas.
Golden Retriever Wheaten Terrier Mix (Soft-Coated Golden)
You can’t go wrong choosing a soft-coated Golden. This puppy inherits famous friendliness from both parent dogs. Golden Retrievers are general excellent natured pets.
Expect an adult weight range of 30 to 75 pounds and a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
This pup sheds year-round and seasonally.
Havanese Wheaten Terrier Mix (Havawheat)
The Havawheat, a cross between a Wheaten Terrier and a Havanese, weighs anywhere from 7 to 40 pounds and lives 10 to 16 years.
You won’t see a lot of shedding with this hybrid, but you have to do a lot of brushing.
This dog is at risk of inheriting the brachycephalic (flat-faced) muzzle shape from the Havanese parent.
Jack Russell Terrier Wheaten Terrier Mix (Jackawheat)
The Jackawheat is a Terrier, and you can see an independent spirit during training. The independence of the typical Jack Russell might well shine through.
Your Jackawheat weighs anywhere from 14 to 40 pounds with a life span of 10 to 16 years.
This dog sheds lightly and needs regular maintenance brushing.
Kerry Blue Terrier Wheaten Terrier Mix (Kerry Wheaten)
The Kerry Wheaten is an eye-catching Terrier—whether your puppy inherits the pale wheat coat of the Wheaten parent or the signature blue/gray coat of the Kerry parent.
This dog weighs 30 to 44 pounds and can live 10 to 15 years.
This dog doesn’t shed but needs lots of hand-stripping to prevent tangles.
Labrador Retriever Wheaten Terrier Mix (Wheatador)
The Wheatador weighs anywhere from 30 to 80 pounds, and has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
Labradors are one of the most popular breeds in the world.
This pup inherits a lively, extroverted, friendly and people-centric personality from both parent dogs.
The coat sheds more or less depending on which parent your puppy favors.
Lhasa Apso Wheaten Terrier Mix (Wheaten Apso)
The Wheaten Apso combines the genes of the petite Lhasa Apso with the sturdier Wheaten.
The adult weight range is typically 11 to 40 pounds, and the average life expectancy is 10 to 15 years.
This hybrid dog won’t shed visibly in most cases, but you must commit to daily brushing to avoid tangles.
Your Wheaten Apso may inherit some of the life-long health concerns associated with the Lhasa Apso parent dog’s brachycephalic (flat-faced) muzzle type.
Miniature Schnauzer Wheaten Terrier Mix (Soft Coated Wheatzer)
Your Soft Coated Wheatzer weighs anywhere from 11 to 40 pounds with a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years.
This dog is single or double-coated, with a silky smooth or wiry coat texture.
Your Wheatzer is smart, active, eager to be with you and hopefully as loving as the average Miniature Schnauzer.
Poodle Wheaten Terrier Mix (Whoodle)
Since the Poodle is bred in three sizes today, this dog weighs anywhere from 4 to 70 pounds in adulthood.
The typical life expectancy is 10 to 18 years.
This dog has a non-shedding coat that needs lots of daily brushing.
Head over to our full Whoodle review article to learn more about this unique Wheaten Terrier mix.
Portuguese Water Dog Wheaten Terrier Mix (Portuguese Wheaten)
The Portuguese Wheaten is a cross between the Wheaten Terrier and one of the best-known purebred dogs in the world today, the Portuguese Water Dog, which weighs 35 to 60 pounds.
Your Portuguese Wheaten’s adult range is 30 to 60 pounds.
Expect a typical life span for this dog of 10 to 13 years.
The Portuguese Wheaten does not shed. It does need regular brushing or hand-stripping to remove shed, trapped hair.
Personality-wise, expect a happy, people-focused pup who can make an excellent canine athlete or companion—provided they get enough daily exercise.
Pug Wheaten Terrier Mix (Pugawheat)
The Pugawheat, a cross between a Pug and a Wheaten terrier, may weigh anywhere from 14 to 40 pounds with a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years.
This dog inherits a tendency to shed year-round from the Pug side.
The Pugawheat is likely to inherit the shortened, flat facial (brachycephalic) structure of the Pug parent.
That can bring some life-long health issues along with it.
Shih Tzu Wheaten Terrier Mix (Wheat-Tzu)
The adult range for your Wheat-Tzu is 9 to 40 pounds. The life expectancy ranges from 10 to 18 years with this hybrid pup.
The Wheat-Tzu’s coat is a single layer and feels silky. Expect daily brushing with this hybrid.
This dog may inherit some degree of the flat-faced (brachycephalic) muzzle shape from the Shih Tzu parent.
Yorkshire Terrier Wheaten Terrier Mix (Wheaten Yorkie)
With a Wheaten Yorkie, expect an adult weight range of 7 to 40 pounds.
The typical life expectancy of a Wheaten Yorkie is 10 to 15 years.
These dogs inherit a single coat from both parents that benefits from regular brushing.
Is a Wheaten Terrier Mix Right for Me?
Whether you choose a traditional Wheaten Terrier or one of the crossbreeds above, it is up to you.
With each dog, be prepared for some health concerns, along with getting familiar with grooming and temperament habits.
We hope you have enjoyed learning about these Wheaten Terrier mix dogs.
References and Further Reading:
“A Brief Breed History,” Wheaten Terrier Initiative.
“Blame the Mother’s Gene: Discovery for a Blinding Canine Eye Disease,” 2018, University of Helsinki, Science Daily.
Czerwinski, V., et al., 2016, “Selection of Breeding Stock among Australian Purebred Dog Breeders, with Particular Emphasis on the Dam,” Animals (Basel).
“Wheaten Health,” 2017, The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America.
Yuill, C., “Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome in Dogs,” VCA Animal Hospital.