The exact name of the breed is Soft Coated "Wheat" Terrier and is registered by FCI under number 40. Although this Terrier is the oldest Irish breed, today puppies for sale could be found mainly in the US. The dog has nothing to do with the wheat, although it has been a favorite of farmers, but the color of the hair resembles the wheat. Experts believe that the breed originates from crosses between Black and Tan terriers, Irish terriers and Kerry blue terrier. At the beginning of his "career" the Soft Coated Terrier was a working dog on farms and was used to prosecute badgers, rabbits, rats and even otters. As befits for an Irish breed, for the first time the dog was exposed in 1937 in Dublin, Ireland, on St. Patrick's Day. In the 30 years of this century the number of the Irish Wheaten Terrier strongly decreased, but after the hard work of canine specialists, the breed was rescued. The British Kennel Club recognized it in 1943, and the first representatives traveled overseas in the US in 1946. There, however, the breed was recognized only in 1973. Today in the USA, this dog is very popular among Terrier lovers.
This dog has a medium head, flat skull, with pronounced wheel stop, and black nose with "square" shape. Terrier ears are V-shaped, with a small or medium length and close to the head. The neck of the dog is strong, with a slight curve. The eyes are medium and dark with black edge of the eyelids. The body is compact, with level back and deep chest. The limbs are relatively short and powerful as the front two are slim and straight and the rear are markedly muscular. The paws are powerful, compact and closed, ending with black nails. The charm of Wheaten Terrier is in its rich, long, silky and soft hairy cover. It is an advantage for owners, because it requires minimal care. The color is ripening wheat - from deep yellow to yellow-brown. The tail is docked and the dog wears it over the back line. The height at the withers for males is 46-49sm, females are slightly shorter.
Character and behavior
The Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is energetic, cheerful and friendly dog who is very attached to its owner. These dogs usually behave like puppies almost all their life. They are docile, sweet-tempered and self-confident. This breed should be trained from an early age, but older dogs are also easy to educate. This is a very intelligent animal, who learns quickly and understands perfectly every command.
Training and education
Representatives of the breed are very sensitive and therefore you should only use positive techniques. They are relatively easy to train, although they can be stubborn sometimes.
The Irish wheat Terriers are characterized by good health, but are prone to hip dysplasia and are allergic to flea bites. The average lifespan is about 12-15 years.
Grooming and care
These dogs can be grown in apartments, but need regular walks. House with garden or farm is the perfect home for them with lots of space to run free. The fur of these terriers needs frequent brushing and regular trimming.
Children and other pets
As almost all terriers, this one gets along very well with children and other dogs with which he grew up, but that does not apply to cats and small pets. It is suspicious of strangers, and will warn his owner if anything suspicious is happening around the property.
An Interesting fact about the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier's is that its fur tends to darken around hurt or bruise, which is very uncommon for a dog.