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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.

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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