Prey Drive In Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers

12 Mar 2024, 6:14 a.m. by Tracey McLennan


This breed started out life as an all-purpose farm dog who would have spent their time herding, guarding livestock and catching and killing vermin. These days they are described as being content, loving dogs who fit well into family life.


Predatory Motor Sequence statistics for Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers. The graph shows the percentage of Wheaten Terriers in my research study that had no interest at all in each behaviour.

Bar chart showing the percentage of Wheaten Terriers with no interest in each part of the predatory motor sequence

Hunt: 7%

Orient: 7%

Eye: 7%

Stalk: 29%

Chase: 0%

Grab-bite: 0%

Possess: 0%

Kill-bite: 21%

Dissect: 29%

Consume: 50%

There were 14 dogs of this breed in my research. As you can see, although the numbers show that they were number nine on the list of dogs with no interest in some parts of the predatory motor sequence , that does not mean that Wheaten Terriers have no interest in prey animals. In fact, all 14 of the dogs in my research had an interest to some extent in chase, grab-bite and possess. When it came to chase, 43% of the Wheaten Terriers were described as living to chase with 21% and 7% living to grab-bite and possess.

If you have a Wheaten Terrier and would describe them as having a high prey drive, you are not alone. The fact is that they are all individuals and many of them have a strong interest in prey. Find out more about your own dog’s preferences by filling in my quiz and letting me give you detailed information about what your dog loves the most when it comes to prey drive.

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Hi - I'm Tracey.

I am the founder of Best Dog Learning and Stuff and a massive prey drive enthusiast. I've lived with high prey drive dogs for over 20 years and I love them. I run the awesome High Prey Drive Club where I help my members learn to have fabulous walks and happy lives with their high prey drive dogs.

I am a published researcher in my field with both my original research and my review of the literature looking at prey drive in dogs being published in the respected journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

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