Early History

The history of the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has been somewhat obscured by its closeness to the other Irish Terrier breeds. The Wheaten is probably the oldest of the four breeds. Its existence for at least 200 years can be inferred from textual references to "soft-coated" dogs. The relation of the modern Irish Terrier to the Wheaten, though less well documented, appears to have been the result of deliberate breeding experiments. So the humble Wheaten probably has a fairly mixed ancestry. Despite the long history of the Wheaten, it wasn't until the 1930s, that the Soft Coated Wheaten was officially recognized by the Irish Kennel Club.

Wheaten Terriers were always used by small farmers to kill vermin or help with the work about the farm. It was used for a long time in the difficult job of hunting badgers and otters.





Good humored. Most affectionate and loyal to his owners. Most intelligent. A trusty, faithful friend, defensive without aggression. Unsuitable as a kennel dog.


General Appearance Oft The Irish Wheaten

• a shiny honeycoloured, silky coat

• bright and good-humored

• coat does not moult, but needs regular grooming

• moderate appearance: well-built, medium height

• lively and energetic, though quiet and relaxed at home

• becomes late adult, but remains vital up until old age

• it takes 2 to 3 years before its coat has developed


Coat-care of the Irish Wheaten

• Dead hair must be removed by correct combing to avoid matting

   (once or twice a week)

• Make sure a Wheaten’s coat never gets plucked or stripped from dead hair

• A Wheaten’s coat needs regularly trimming

• Wash every now and then with a well-nourished dog-shampoo

• Do not clean the beard daily with a wet cloth but a dry one. Otherwise

   your Wheaten will end up with a red beard!



• Use a table with non-slipperysurface (a shower mat will suffice).

• For puppy’s and young dogs use a fine toothcomb.

• Two solid combs: coarse and finer. Both combs should’t have sharp points.

   First use the coarse comb, then a finer comb.

• A slicker may help during this time. This tool has a rubber base with fine curved wires.

   The handle is set in the back of the base. Use the slicker first to remove all loose hair and dirt.

• Adequate sharp scissors for trimming.

• Efile-scissors to thin out coat. Or half-efile-scissors might suffice.

• Dognail-scissors or callus file to take care of the nails

• Tweezers with blunt tips, or even better, an artery clamp to pluck hairs from ear canal.

   This must be done in order to prevent earproblems.