Non-sporting Breeds

Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 18-19 in (45.5-49.5cm) Bitch: slightly less
Weight: 35-45 lb (15.5-20kg)
Coat: Soft and silky
Color: A good, clear wheaten, the shade of ripening wheat; white and red equally objectionable; dark shading on ears not untypical

One of the oldest native dog breeds of lreland, the Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier is believed to be a progenitor of the Irish and Kerry Blue Terriers. It is said that a blue dog swam ashore from a ship wrecked in Tralee Bay, Ireland, around 180 years ago. This dog mated with the native Wheaten and the result of the union was the Kerry Blue Terrier. The Soft-coated Wheaten was developed as a farm dog to hunt rabbits, rats, and other prey. Despite being bred as a farmyard dog, the Softcoated Wheaten does best when housed indoors as a family pet. It is gentle and devoted, and generally loves children. It revels in plenty of exercise, and the coat should be groomed regularly using a mediumtoothed metal comb and a wire brush.
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