ORIGIN : Ireland.

UTILIZATION : 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.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : 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.
The breed has grown steadily in popularity since and is now becoming common in England and the United States and well known in other countries.

GENERAL APPEARANCE: A hardy, active, short coupled dog, well built, giving the idea of strength. Not too leggy nor too low to the ground.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: Foreface not longer than skull.

BEHAVIOUR - TEMPERAMENT: Spirited and game. Good tempered. Most affecionate and loyal to his owners. Most intelligent. A trusty, faithful friend, defensive
without aggression.

In general powerful without being coarse. Hair same colour as on body.
CRANIAL REGION: Head long, in good proportion to the body. Skull flat and clean between ears, not too wide.
Stop : Defined.

Nose : Black and well developed.
Jaws : Strong and punishing.
Cheeks : Bones not prominent.
Mouth : Teeth large, regular, scissors or level bite, neither undershot nor overshot.
Eyes : Dark, dark hazel, not too large, not prominent, well placed.
Ears : Small to medium, carried in front, level with skull. Dark shading on base of ear allowed, and not uncommon, accompanied by a light coloured overlay. "Rose" or "Flying" ears are objectionable.

NECK: Moderately long and strong but not throaty.

Compact and not too long. Level top line.
Shoulders : Fine, well laid back. Muscular.
Chest : Deep, ribs well sprung.
Loins : Short, powerful.
Thighs : Strong and muscular.
Tail : Well set, not too thick. Carried gaily. Docked at one-third the total length, or cut after the 6th (sixth) joint, assuming that this is in balance and proportion to the dog.

Forequarters : Forelegs perfectly straight viewed from any angle. Good bone and muscle.
Hindquarters : Well developed with powerful muscle. Stifles bent.
Hocks : Well let down, turned neither in nor out.
Hind dewclaws : Must be removed.
Feet : Small, not spreading. Toenails preferably black but varying colours allowed.

Straight action fore and aft, going and coming. Elbows tucked in. Side view : free, light co-ordinated movement

Hair: Texture soft and silky to feel and not harsh. Young dogs excluded from this.
Trimming permitted.Trimmed dogs Coat cut close to the body at neck, chest and skull, and left especially long over eyes and under jaw. Whiskers encouraged. Profuse feathering on legs. Body coat trimmed to follow the outline of the dog. Tail trimmed close and neatly tapered.
Untrimmed dogs : The coat at its longest not to exceed five inches (12,7 cm).
Abundant and soft, wavy or loosely curled. (Abundance never interpreted as length).

Under no circumstances should be coat be "fluffed out" like a Poodle or an Old English Sheepdog. Dogs shown in this condition should be heavily penalized as they give a wrong impression of type and breed. Special attention is drawn to puppy coat development.

Pups are seldom born with the correct coat of maturity, care must be taken when assessing this point. They go through several changes of colour and texture before developing the adult coat.This usually occurs between 18 months and 2  years.
Pups : Are born true to type. They come reddish, greyish and sometimes clear wheaten. The masks are generally black. Sometimes there is a black streak down the centre back or black tips to the body coat. These dark markings clear away with growth. No black is allowed at any age, with the exception of the muzzle which gradually clears, and the leathers as above (see ears).

COLOUR: Any shade from light wheaten to a golden reddish hue.

Height at the withers : Dogs 18-19 inches (46-48 cm)
Bitches somewhat less.
Weight: Dogs 35-40 lbs (15,75 - 18 kg)
Bitches somewhat less.

FAULTS: Undershot mouths. Overshot mouths. Nose any colour other than black. Overall mature coat not clear wheaten colour. Nervousness. Viciousness.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS: Yellow eyes. White coats. Brown coats. Dull, thick, woolly or cottony textured hair.

NOTE: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.