Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are commonly characterized by the traits that contributed to their original use as a general farm dog, including being active, alert, and watchful. They have a unique ability to bounce or leap straight up off the floor as part of greeting behavior or when very excited. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are quite intelligent, and can compete in dog sports such as agility, flyball, tracking, and obedience as sport from which they receive physical and mental stimulation while bonding with their families. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers can also bond with people as animal-assisted therapy dogs. Their reputation as a good family dog means they can be around children; however, as with all dogs, extremely close supervision is needed to prevent accidental injury to the child or dog and to avoid the dog's subsequent development of fear-based defensive aggression.