[Exploring] The Wheaten Terrier Puppy Cut

Are you interested in learning how to groom a Wheaten Terrier? If so, we’re here just for you! The Wheaten Terrier puppy cut is a great way to get started with your grooming regimen.

The Wheaten Terrier grooming styles work best in their puppy years but can also apply to adult Wheaten. However, if the Wheaten Terrier is older than one year, use some other grooming styles along with the traditional Wheaten Terrier cut.

Learn more about Wheaten Terrier grooming styles in this Wheaten Terrier cut guide!

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Wheaten Terrier – a Brief History

The Wheaten Terrier dog breed originated in Ireland. The Irish Kennel Club recognized these fine dogs in 1937 and brought them to America in the 1940s. The American Kennel Club recognized it as a breed in 1973.

These dogs are brilliant, friendly, and loyal to their families. However, they will often suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for too long.

The Wheaten Terrier has a single-layer coat that is very soft, wavy, or straight. There are several soft-coated Wheaten Terrier puppy cut styles you can try out to make your Wheaten look its best.

How to do the Wheaten Terrier Puppy Cut

The Wheaten Terrier haircut is a great way to start grooming your dog. It is also more affordable than some other styles that require more grooming.

Step 1: Create a Brick

The head of a Wheaten is rectangular. Trim the coat to create a brick by cutting the hair on the sides and leaving the hair on top of the head somewhat longer.

Step 2: Trim the Face 

Trim the hair on either side of the face, from the front of the ear to roughly halfway between the eye. Maintain short hair on the cheeks.      

Step 3: Go to the Top

When trimming the top of your dog’s head, ensure you are cutting in a straight line from the highest point of the skull to where their muzzle begins. This will leave the hair on the skull short while allowing the hair at the top of the head longer.        

Step 4: Cut the Front       

Do not shave the coat of your puppy, but instead cut it. Use a number 30 blade at a 90-degree angle to get a clean line from top to bottom.      

Step 5: Signature Look        

Your dog will look like a Wheaten Terrier when it’s is done! Trim the coat the same way you groom to maintain consistency and give your Wheaten Terrier its signature look.

Wheaten Terrier Grooming Basics

The Wheaten Terrier dog breed is a high-maintenance breed. High maintenance breeds are dogs that demand several hours of grooming every week to maintain their looks; this includes daily brushing and coming to a grooming parlor monthly.      

If you have a Wheaten Terrier, here are some tips to keep your dog looking its best!

  • Depending on how fast their coat grows, they will need grooming 2 to 3 times per week. The Wheaten Terrier requires daily brushing and either full body clipping or hand stripping to maintain the desired look.
  • The Wheaten Terrier coat will matt easily, so look out for mats between grooming sessions.
  • Wheaten Terriers do not shed, but they require regular haircuts.
  • If you cannot groom your dog yourself, you will need a professional dog grooming service for your Wheaten Terrier.
  • Train your Wheaten Terrier to stand still when grooming. This is especially important for the face, as you do not want to cut your dog after untangling mats accidentally.
  • Use the right tools for the job when grooming your dog.
  • When trimming the fall of your Wheaten Terrier, use a blunt-ended scissor with rounded tips to avoid accidentally nicking the skin.
Wheaten Terrier dogs on the grooming

Tools for Wheaten Terrier Haircuts

If you want to do the Wheaten Terrier puppy cut yourself, you will need a good set of grooming tools. The tools below are what you need to do the teddy bear soft-coated Wheaten Terrier puppy cut at home.       


You will need grooming clippers to cut your dog’s hair for this puppy cut (Wheaten Terrier style). Always use blades that are the correct size for the blade guard on your clippers so you do not accidentally hurt your dog.

Thinning Shears

To properly blend the head and the body, you will need a good pair of grooming shears. Thinning shears have a sturdy blade on one side and a comb-like blade. If you’re a beginner, look for 46-tooth thinning shears.


When trimming the fall of your Wheaten Terrier, you will need grooming scissors with regular blades. Whether you like a curved scissor or a straight scissor is up to you, but make sure it has a rounded tip, so you do not accidentally cut your dog. A pair of  6 to 7 inch (15.24 to 17.78 centimeters) scissors should be sufficient for most grooming needs.

Nail Clippers

You’ll need two types of nail clippers; a guillotine with a guard and a scissors-type with a guard. You’ll also need styptic powder so that you can stop bleeding if you accidentally clip the quick. 

Brushes and Slickers

You’ll need a pin brush and a slicker for grooming your Wheaten Terrier’s coat. If you have a Wheaten Terrier puppy, use a grooming glove or grooming mitts and grooming wipes to maintain your dog’s coat. If you use grooming wipes, only use the lanolin-free kind as Wheaten Terriers can be allergic to wool fat. 


You’ll need a grooming comb with both fine and coarse teeth. You can also use a de-matting comb if your Wheaten Terrier has tangles in its coat. For grooming sessions, it’s best to use a mat splitter.

A Basic Wheaten Terrier Grooming Guide

Grooming soft-coated Wheaten Terrier dogs are very different from grooming other breeds. If you are grooming your Wheaten Terrier puppy, you’ll need the following grooming supplies to get started.

  • De-matting comb
  • Conditioning shampoo
  • Nail trimmers
  • Scissors
  • Pin brush
  • Medium and fine-toothed stainless steel Greyhound comb
  • Thinning shears
  • Dog toothbrush
  • Dog clipper and 4f blade
  • Ear care solution
  • Styptic powder  
  • Slicker brush
  • Leave-in conditioner

The grooming process should consist of several steps:

  1. Use the de-matting comb and the medium-toothed Greyhound comb and work through any tangling and matting issues. Do this regularly to stop tangling before it starts.
  2. If necessary, express your dog’s anal glands to prevent wax buildup and discomfort.
  3. Bath your Wheaten Terrier with quality grooming shampoo at least once a week. Before bathing your Wheaten Terrier, brush their hair thoroughly with the pin brush to remove any tangles.
  4. Use a sprayer to wet your Wheaten Terrier’s coat before applying shampoo thoroughly.
  5. Rinse your Wheaten Terrier’s coat thoroughly with a gentle stream. Ensure that you rinse all grooming shampoo out of your Wheaten Terrier’s coat.
  6. Pat dry your Wheaten Terrier’s coat with a towel and blow dry to remove excess moisture.
  7. Clean the ears with an ear care solution and a cotton ball.
  8. Use grooming scissors to remove hair from the eye corners and dewclaws (the double claws your Wheaten Terrier has on every foot).
  9. Trim your Wheaten Terrier’s toenails with dog nail clippers. If you are not comfortable with this, go to a grooming or dog salon and ask them to do it for you.
  10. Brush your dog’s teeth at least twice a week. Do this regularly to prevent toothaches and gum disease.

How to Groom a Wheaten Terrier

Wheaten grooming is relatively easy if your dog is well trained. However, grooming a Wheaten takes time and patience. You may even find it challenging to get the hang of grooming them first!

The breed will require regular grooming towards their coat, often more than other breeds. They also need frequent grooming of their ears and different body areas.

Wheaten Terrier head grooming is essential, as grooming of this area can help prevent skin problems. This grooming is necessary because the Wheaten Terrier’s coat often gets dirty or wet, and grooming can prevent them from getting itchy skin.

Before grooming or bathing your Wheaten Terrier, brush their coat with a grooming glove. If you want to keep the fur longer on your dog’s head, you can use grooming scissors to shear the fur. If you’re going to keep the fur shorter on your dog’s head, you can use dog clippers.

Do Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers Shed?

Wheaten Terriers are low-shedding dogs. Unlike other dog breeds like the poodle, shedding is minimal in Wheaten Terriers. Brushing your Wheaten Terrier pup’s coat and de-matting their fur will keep the puppy from shedding.

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The Final Cut

A shaved Wheaten Terrier will always look cute. However, you must be careful with this type of haircut. If you shave your Wheaten Terrier too short, it can cause the coat to grow in a bunchy and uneven resulting in skin problems and discomfort for your pup. You may even notice bald spots!

Talk with a professional groomer or dog salon for your Wheaten Terrier’s first shave. If you can’t do that, ask someone who knows how to groom dogs properly to help you. This is especially important if it’s your first time shaving your Wheaten Terrier!

Take care of your Wheaten Terrier’s grooming needs, and they’ll never let you down. Your little friend will be your best friend in no time!

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