The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier [Images Kindly Supplied By SCWTC Of GB]
was originally bred in native Ireland to be an all-purpose farm dog
whose duties would have included herding, watching and guarding livestock,
and vermin hunting. This is probably why they are not as aggressive
as other terriers, who were primarily vermin hunters. They are believed
to be related to the Kerry Blue Terrier.
its long history, the Wheaten wasn’t recognized as a breed in
Ireland by the Irish Kennel Club until 1937. Following this in 1943,
the English Kennel Club recognized the breed as well. The first Wheatens
were exported to the United States in the 1946, but serious interest
in the breed took years to develop. Lydia Vogels was one of the first
breeders of the Wheaten Terrier in the United States. Finally, in
1973, they were recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized dog, which ranges on
average anywhere from 17 to 19 inches and weighs about 30 to 45 pounds.
The breed seems to have a square structure and is well built. Its
hair does not shed like most dogs; like human hair and Poodle hair,
it keeps growing, needs regular trimming, and drops just a few hairs
Irish coat tends to be thinner and silkier than the English and American
curiosity of the breed is that whenever an adult wheaten incurs an
injury to the skin the resulting coat will grow out in the puppy brown
color and then return to Wheat over time.
have a dark coat of either red, brown, mahogany or white. The muzzle
and ears of Wheaten puppies may be black or dark brown. The dark puppy
coat gradually grows out into a wheat-colored white brownish coat
as they get older. The color can range from wheat to white, but white
coats are not considered desirable by breeders and show enthusiasts.
The adult coat may contain black, white, or darker brown "guard"
hairs in addition to the lighter wheaten-coloured hair.
Breed Clubs and Societies.
SOFT COATED WHEATEN TERRIER CLUB OF GB. Sec. Mrs Linda Salisbury Tel No: 01246 270246 email@example.com
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Assoc of Canada
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Sweden
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Southern California
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Northern California
Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers - Germany