Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Irlanda FCI 40 . Large and medium sized Terriers

Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Wheaten character is cheerful, open and balanced.



The Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has been raised in Ireland for about 200 years in Kerry and Cork counties for the farmers who live there. How farm dogs fought rats and mice, as well as against predators like foxes and martens, that threatened domestic animals. They also grazed sheep and were used for hunting.

The history of Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has been somewhat obscured due to its closeness to the other breeds of Irish terriers. The Wheaten probably the oldest of the four races. His existence, along the, at least 200 years, can be deduced from the textual references made from the dogs of “Soft hair”. The relationship of Irish Terrier modern with the Wheaten, although less documented, appears to have been the result of deliberate crossing experiments. As a result, the humble Wheaten probably has a fully mixed lineage. Despite the long history of Wheaten, it was not until 1937, which was officially recognized by the Irish Kennel Club. Since then this breed has grown steadily in popularity and is currently well known worldwide..

In 1943, the British Kennel Club He acknowledged the race in United Kingdom. The first Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier were exported to the United States in the 1940, but the race gained greater interest ten years after his arrival. Last but not least, in 1973, were recognized by the American Kennel Club.

The Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, unofficially, were crossed with the race Pudelhund standard, to create the mixed race, known as the Whoodle and with the race Beagle to create the race known as "Wheagles”.

Today the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier it is a versatile companion dog that adapts well to its living conditions.

Physical characteristics

It is a strong dog, balanced, straight back and chest deep. It has a rectangular and well-proportioned head with a defined stop. Their eyes have a slightly almendrada way and the ears are small and bent slightly forward.

In the countries in which it is permitted, the Wheaten usually has a tail cut off. It has a smooth hair, silky and color wheat. These dogs have a single layer of hair, so you can more easily tolerated by people who are allergic to other races, because they lost very little hair.

Puppies are reddish brown or gray. Many have a black mask. Only at the age of two and a half the coat has its final color, clear and its fine structure.


Height to the cross : Males 46-48 cm. (18 – 19 inches). Females somewhat less.

Weight: Males between 18 – 20,5 kg (40 – 45 English pounds). Females somewhat less.

Character and skills

The character of the Wheaten is happy, open and balanced. As an SUV, these dogs are very docile. They enjoy participating in family life. Dog sports like “agility” they are a good substitute for the many different tasks these game terriers were originally bred for. If they are left alone, without getting busy or moving enough, can become destructive and aggressive. Consistent breeding from the start makes them great family dogs that don't obey one person.. Due to the great care effort and the possible stubbornness of the terrier, only conditionally suitable for beginners.

Wheaten Terrier care

The coat of the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier requires a lot of cleaning and must be brushed daily to avoid entanglement. Hair must be cut regularly. Does not come off.

In regards to health, it is a very healthy breed, it doesn't show any typical hereditary disease.

Wheaten Terrier Education

That dog learns fast. Unfortunately also things, that you have to avoid them later. Therefore, and also because of the hunting instinct that the breed has, initially not recommended for beginners. In addition, the breed tends to be stubborn under pressure, you also have to learn to deal with it. However, who masters the rules of dog training, you will be very pleased with this dog's willingness to learn and willingness to work.

Images "Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier"


1 – Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier by SusanSmithGSU / CC BY-SA
2 – Soft-coated_wheaten_terrier at the national show in Rybnik – Stone to Pleple2000 / CC BY-SA
3 – Soft-coated_wheaten_terrier at the national show in Rybnik – Stone to Pleple2000 / CC BY-SA
4 – Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Irlandés by RORLVR1 / CC BY-SA
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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 3: Terriers
  • Section 1: Large and medium sized Terriers. Without working trial..


  • FCI – Terriers 1 Large and medium-sized terriers.
  • AKC – Terriers
  • ANKC – Terriers
  • CKC – Terriers
  • ​KC – Terriers
  • NZKC – Terriers
  • UKC – Terriers

FCI breed standard "Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier"

FCIFCI - Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Alternative names:

    1. Irish Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and variant spellings: “Soft Coated” and “Softcoated”, Wheaten or Wheatie, Wheaten Terrier (English).
    2. Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (French).
    3. Wheaten Terrier (German).
    4. Wheaten Terrier (Portuguese).
    5. Wheaten Terrier (Spanish).
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