You’ve probably heard of a Boxer, but what about a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier? Even if you’ve heard of both of these breeds, we can bet you haven’t heard of their offspring, the Soft Coated Woxer.
A Soft Coated Woxer is a furry, adorable mix of a Boxer and a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Like both of its parents, it makes for a loving and playful dog that is a little on the goofy side and perfect for first-time dog owners.
Learn more about the Woxer and its two parent breeds, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and the Boxer by reading on.
Boxer, Soft Coated Woxer, and Soft coated Wheaten Terrier Comparison Table
|Boxer||Soft Coated Woxer||Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier|
|Height||21-25 inches||19-21 inches||17-19 inches|
|Weight||50-80 pounds||37-45 pounds||30-40 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||10-12 years||10-13 years||12-14 years|
|Coat Type||Smooth with short length||Smooth or wavy with short or medium length||Wavy and silky with medium length|
|Affection Levels||Pretty loving||Pretty loving||Very loving|
|Shedding Level||Little to no shedding||Little to no shedding||Little to no shedding|
|Health Issues||Hip dysplasia|
|Trainability||Pretty easy to train||Very easy to train||Average trainability|
|Exercise||Fairly high energy levels||Fairly high energy levels||Fairly high energy levels|
|Friendliness to People||Pretty open to strangers||Average friendliness to strangers||Average friendliness to strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Okay with other dogs||Okay with other dogs||Okay with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Average drooling||Little drooling||Little to no drooling|
|Mental Stimulation||Relatively high mental stimulation required||Fairly high mental stimulation required||Average mental stimulation requirements|
|Barking Levels||Average barking levels||Average barking levels||Average barking levels|
The lineage of Boxers can be traced back to 2000 B.C. to the ancient Assyrians. They were bred with various other dogs throughout their history and changed names, however, it is in Germany where the adorable Boxers we know and love today were bred.
From there, Boxers came to America around the 1930s. Four main Boxers sired many others and fully established the breed in America.
Though we might not think of boxers first when we think of show dogs or service dogs, they actually excel in both.
They may look silly, but they have high intelligence and are very attached to their owners. Primarily, they are used as guide dogs and for epilepsy.
Their looks are actually thought to be helpful back when they were hunting dogs, as it allowed them to hold onto prey until their owner arrived and still manage to easily breathe.
When they aren’t working, they have goofy personalities that many call clownish. They enjoy running around, playing with their owners, and being destructive if they aren’t given enough love or attention.
About Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers aren’t as well known as some of the other dogs we discuss. However, they can be excellent family dogs due to their tame behaviors and average exercise needs.
They are mild-mannered enough that they are even good for first-time pet owners. Their biggest downsides are that they require a lot of grooming and are fairly stubborn sometimes.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers originated in Ireland and were frequently used as farm dogs. Back when these dogs were bred, the common folk were not allowed to own hunting dogs, so they began to produce this dog and toted it as a farm dog, though they were able to handle herding, hunting, killing, and being a general watchdog.
The Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier is most closely related to the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Irish Terrier. They were not acknowledged as a breed by the Irish Kennel Club until 1937, and the American Kennel Club eventually followed suit, recognizing the breed in 1973.
They adapt quickly and as long as they get to take a couple of walks a day, they can adjust to any house, even city living.
Unfortunately, like most terriers, their natural instinct is to run or chase. If they are let off leash or aren’t properly contained, you may find your dog is often missing as they follow whatever catches their interest or prey drive.
About Soft Coated Woxers
With two very loving parent breeds, it is no surprise that the Soft Coated Woxer is a kind and loving dog. They make excellent companions for any owner.
They are usually described as medium dogs and while they do take more after their Boxer parent in shape, their fur tends to mostly mimic that of their Soft Coated Wheaton parents.
Besides that, however, not much is known about these dogs. They are still fairly unheard of and aren’t stable enough in their genetics for a general outline of this dog mix.
How Popular Are Soft Coated Woxers?
While those who have heard of and owned Soft Coated Woxers love them immensely, they aren’t very popular among the general public. This is mostly in part due to a lack of knowledge about the mixed breed, and even the parent breeds in part.
While Boxers are fairly well known, the Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier is a little more obscure, despite being a great dog for first-time dog owners. This makes their offspring even rarer than most mixed breeds.
However, as we mentioned, those that have owned one adore them. If you look online, you can even find T-shirts about how great it is to own a Woxer.
How Do I Take Care of a Soft Coated Woxer’s Fur?
Most of the time, Soft Coated Woxers have fur very similar to their Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier parents. This means that though they may sometimes have short, straight hair, most of the time it will be thick and curly.
It takes a lot of care and effort to properly maintain a Woxer’s coat. Generally, you will want to comb it at least twice a day. Make sure you comb it and not brush it, as brushing will cause the wavy fur to become frizzy. You will also need regular trimming to keep their fur in prime condition.
If your Woxer does take more after their Boxer parent, they will require far less care, needing grooming weekly instead of twice daily.
Are Soft Coated Woxers Okay With Being Left Alone?
Both parent breeds are very against being left alone. They are loving and dependent on their owners. For this reason, they do better with people that will often be home.
While they can entertain themselves and don’t need constant attention, they can become distressed when left on their own as they deeply desire human connection.
If you must leave them alone for a few hours a day, it may be a good idea to get them a companion. They don’t always do great with other animals though and may need some time to get used to having a companion dog or other pet.
Now that you know about the Woxer and the Wheaten Terrier, you can add two more dogs to your ‘want to adopt’ list.
If you want a patient dog that is loving but isn’t too hard to take care of, you won’t be mad with any of these three dogs.