Dog breeds: Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Dog breeds: Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Ireland.
F.C.I classification: Group 3 - terriers.

The Soft Coated Wheaten terrier is a very old breed. It has been recognized only in recent times, although it has been used for centuries for hunting, herding and also for guarding. It was officially recognized as a dog breed in 1937 in Ireland and in 1943 in England. This dog is originally from Munster County. Many believe it was originally a much better known breed such as the Irish terrier and the "Kerry Blue". Breed very common in the United States of America.

General aspect

It is a well-proportioned and well-built dog, which gives an obvious impression of strength and power. It has excellent muscle mass and is renowned for its iron health. It can be kept both indoors and out in the garden. It is a dog that, except for the care of the hair, does not require further special care.


This dog does not have the typical character of the terrier, because he is neither short-tempered nor quarrelsome with his fellows. In the family he is an exceptional breed, excellent companion, affectionate, faithful, always jovial and cheerful. He always demands people's attention and is always willing to play. Today it is used almost exclusively as a companion dog.

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier (photo website)

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier (photo


Height: from 46 to 49.5 cm at the withers for males, slightly less for females.

Trunk: well proportioned, compact, it must not be high on the limbs nor too low. Trunk gathered, not too long; powerful and short kidney.
Head and muzzle: the head is long, well proportioned to the body. Flat skull, without folds, not excessively wide. Stop well marked. Length of muzzle not greater than that of the skull.
Truffle: black in color.
Teeth: scissor bite.
Neck: powerful and muscular.
Eyes: they are hazel brown in color, not too large or prominent.
Ears: small to medium, carried forward, well fitting to the skull.
Limbs: perfectly straight, well muscled and with solid bones.
Tail: not too thick, cheerfully carried; in some countries it is amputated at one third of the original length.
Hair: fine and silky to the touch, without hardness. In Britain grooming is prohibited.
Allowed colors: all shades ranging from light grain to golden red.
Most common defects: untreated hair, clear eye, badly worn ears, incorrect gait, defective rear end, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, reverse scissor bite, insufficient musculature, shyness, limbs not straight, wrong hamstrings, non-standard dimensions, short head, long kidney.

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