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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Description

Illustration of Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Colour and texture of coat, two of the breed's main features are described in its name. Some claim the Soft Coated Wheaten to be an ancestor of the Irish Terrier and the Kerry Blue. The Wheaten was used for hunting badger and otter. The breed was recognised by the Irish Kennel Club in 1937 and in 1943 by the Kennel Club.

Breed Group
Terrier
Vulnerable Native Breed
No
Size
Medium
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
Medium
How much grooming?
Every day
Supposedly sheds? *
No
Town or Country
Either
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Small/Medium
Lifespan
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Terrier Breed Group

Dogs originally bred and used for hunting vermin. 'Terrier' comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth. This hardy collection of dogs were selectively bred to be extremely brave and tough, and to pursue fox, badger, rat and otter (to name but a few) above and below ground. Dogs of terrier type have been known here since ancient times, and as early as the Middle Ages, these game breeds were portrayed by writers and painters.


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