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Soft-Coated Wheatens

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers

at Gonerby Gorgeous in Grantham

A native of Ireland, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is reported to be the oldest Irish breed of terrier and had been kept for generations on farms used as multi-purpose dogs to control vermin and for cattle work.

Rapidly dying out in Ireland in 1932 a Wheaten distinguished itself at a field trial which inspired several of those present to go and rescue the breed. There was enough stock, sufficiently uniform in type, scattered about the country to provide the basis for breeding Wheaten Terriers as a distinct variety, in 1937 the breed was recognised by the IKC.

The first known Wheaten to be imported into England was in 1939 and the breed was recognised by the British Kennel Club in 1943.

Beverly Hannah with her Soft-Coated Wheaten

History

A native of Ireland, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is reported to be the oldest Irish breed of terrier and had been kept for generations on farms used as multi-purpose dogs to control vermin and for cattle work.

Rapidly dying out in Ireland in 1932 a Wheaten distinguished itself at a field trial which inspired several of those present to go and rescue the breed. There was enough stock, sufficiently uniform in type, scattered about the country to provide the basis for breeding Wheaten Terriers as a distinct variety, in 1937 the breed was recognised by the IKC.

The first known Wheaten to be imported into England was in 1939 and the breed was recognised by the British Kennel Club in 1943.

Characteristics

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium sized compact dog, not exaggerated in any way. They are fun loving, bouncy, good tempered dogs with a happy go lucky attitude to life.

Their coats should fall in loose waves or curls and are the shade of ripening wheat. The first Wheatens to arrive in the UK had a finer coat referred to as the "Irish type", in the 1950's a heavier coat appeared attracting more comment and proved to be popular, although more difficult to groom. Currently there is an increase in the Irish type coat being seen in the show ring. Both types of coat require regular grooming and trimming.

The Wheaten has typical terrier characteristics but is not a scrappy terrier; they are eager to please but can be wilful if they are engrossed. Quick to learn, they need to be well socialised from an early age with firm consistent basic training; you will be rewarded with love and affection.

Wheatens are "people dogs", they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. They are better suited to living indoors. Soft-Coated Wheatens love everyone and regard strangers as friends they have not met yet!

Soft-Coated Wheaten at crufts
Soft-Coated Wheatens
Soft-Coated Wheaten at show
Soft-Coated Wheaten

Crufts & World Dog Show Winners

We show our dogs at national shows as well as international events, winning a multitude of rosettes at Crufts as well as showing (and winning!) in Europe including at the World Dog Show, in 2011 & 2018.

If you'd like to know more about our more about our Wheaten show trimming, or when the next litter of puppies is due, don't hesitate to get in touch today.

To find out more about Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers:

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Address:

Gonerby Gorgeous, 25 High Street, Grantham, England NG31 8JS

Telephone:

01476 569 580

Address:

Gonerby Gorgeous, 25 High Street, Grantham, England NG31 8JS

Telephone:

01476 569 580

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