Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier


ORIGIN

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FCI
Ireland.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
27.01.2001.
KC
February 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Wheaten Terriers were always used by small farmers to kill vermin or help with the work about the farm. They were used for a long time in the difficult job of hunting badgers and otters.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 3Terriers
Section 1Large and medium-sized Terriers
Without working trial

KC
Terrier

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
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 1937, that the Soft Coated Wheaten was officially recognised by the Irish Kennel Club. The breed has grown steadily in popularity since and is now well known world-wide.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
A hardy, active, short coupled dog, well built, giving the idea of strength. Not too leggy nor too low to the ground.
KC
Medium-sized, compact, upstanding terrier well covered with a soft, wheaten-coloured, natural coat that falls in loose curls or waves. An active, short-coupled dog, strong and well built; well balanced in structure and movement, not exaggerated in any way. Standing four square with head and tail up, giving the appearance of a happy dog, full of character.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
A natural terrier with strong sporting instincts, hardy and of strong constitution.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Spirited and game. Good tempered. Most affectionate and loyal to his owners. Most intelligent. A trusty, faithful friend, defensive without aggression.
KC
Good-tempered, spirited and game. Full of confidence and humour; a delightful, affectionate, intelligent companion.

HEAD

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FCI
In general powerful without being coarse. Long, in good proportion to the body. Hair same colour as on body.
KC
Flat, moderately long and profusely covered with coat which falls forward over the eyes. Skull of medium width but not coarse. Stop well defined, cheek bones not prominent. Distance from eye to nose not longer, and preferably shorter, than the distance from the eyes to occiput. Jaws strong and punishing, muzzle square with no suggestion of snipiness. Topline of muzzle absolutely straight and parallel with skull. Nose black and large for size of dog. Head in general powerful, without being coarse.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Flat and clean between ears, not too wide.

Stop

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FCI
Defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black and well developed.

Muzzle

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FCI
Foreface not longer than skull.
KC
Lips tight and black. Teeth large. Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws strong and punishing
Teeth large, regular; scissor or level bite (i.e.edge to edge) neither undershot nor overshot.

Cheeks

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FCI
Bones not prominent.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark, dark hazel, not too large, not prominent, well placed.
KC
Clear, bright dark hazel. Medium size set under strong brow. Eye rims black.

Ears

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FCI
Small to medium, carried in front, level with skull. Dark shading on base of ear allowed and not uncommon, accompanied by a light wheaten coloured overlay. This is the only area of the dog where under-coat is allowed. "Rose" or "flying" ears are objectionable.
KC
V-shaped and folded at level of skull. Forward edge drops down slightly forward to lie closely along cheek, back edge standing slightly away from side of head. Leathers thin, small to medium in size, covered with coat and fringe.

NECK

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FCI
Moderately long and strong but not throaty.
KC
Moderately long, strong, muscular and slightly arched. Without throatiness. Gradually widening toward, and running cleanly into shoulders.

BODY

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FCI
Not too long. Length from withers to base of tail approximately the same as from ground to withers.
KC
Compact, with powerful short loins. Back strong and level. Ribs well sprung without roundness, providing deep chest with relatively short coupling. Length of back from point of withers to base of tail should measure about the same as, or slightly less than, from point of withers to ground.

Back

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FCI
Strong and level with even top line.

Loin

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FCI
Short, powerful.

Chest

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FCI
Deep, ribs well sprung.

TAIL

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FCI
Well set, not too thick. Carried gaily but never over the back. The tail is docked so that two thirds of its original length remains assuming it is in proportion to the dog. An undocked tail is permitted.
KC
Previously customarily docked. Docked: Set on high, carried gaily but never over back. Not curled and not too thick. Undocked: Set on high, carried gaily but never over back, not curled and not too thick. Tip may curve forward in a gentle arc. Length in overall balance with the rest of dog.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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KC
Shoulders long, well laid back, and sloping inwards from points to withers. Not loose, fine, but muscular. Viewed from any angle, the forelegs perfectly straight. Good bone and muscle. Pasterns strong and springy. Chest moderately wide.

Shoulder

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FCI
Fine, well laid back, muscular.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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FCI
Perfectly straight viewed from any angle. Good bone and muscle.

FEET

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KC
Strong, and compact, turned neither in nor out. Good depth of pad. Toenails black.

Forefeet

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FCI
Small, not spreading. Toenails preferably black but varying dark colours allowed.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Well developed with powerful muscle.
KC
Thighs strong and muscular. Hindlegs well developed with powerful muscle and well bent stifles. Hocks well let down and turning neither in nor out.

Thigh

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FCI
Strong and muscular.

Stifle

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FCI
Bent.

HIND LEGS

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Hock

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FCI
Well let down, turned neither in nor out. Hind dewclaws should be removed.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Straight action fore and aft, going and coming. Elbows tucked in. Side view free, light co-ordinated movement.
KC
Free, graceful and lively. Well coordinated with long, low strides. Reach in front and good drive behind; straight action fore and aft. Head and tail carried high, the backline remaining level.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI

A single coated dog. Texture soft and silky to feel and not harsh. Young dogs excluded from this. Trimming permitted.
Trimmed dogs: Coat cut close 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 but not sculpted. Tail trimmed close and neatly tapered.
Untrimmed dogs: The coat at its longest not to exceed five inches (12,7 cm). Soft, wavy or loosely curled with the sheen of silk. Under no circumstances should the coat be "fluffed out" like a Poodle or an Old English Sheepdog. Dogs shown in this condition should be heavily penalised 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 mature adult coat. This usually occurs between 18 months and 2½ years.
Pups: Are seldom born with the correct colour or texture coat. 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.
KC
Soft and silky. Neither woolly nor wiry. Loosely waved or curly, but if curly, curls large, light and loose. The coat should not stand off but flow and fall naturally. Coat abundant all over body and especially profuse on head and legs. Length of leg coat sufficient to give good balance to the length of coat on head and body. There is no seasonal change in the length or texture of the mature coat. Over-trimming or stylising should be penalised. For show purposes the coat may be tidied to present a neat outline. Coat colour and texture do not stabilize until about 24 months and should be given some latitude in young dogs.

COLOUR

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FCI
A good clear wheaten of shades from light wheaten to a golden reddish hue.
KC
A good clear wheaten. A shade of ripening wheat. A white coat and red coat equally objectionable. Dark shading on ears not untypical. Often a slight fluctuation in the intensity of colour in mature coat, but overall effect should be light wheaten. Dark overall colour and the even darker markings often present in the immature coat, should clear by about 18-24 months.

SIZE

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KC
Height: dogs: approximately 46-49 cms (18-191/2 ins) measured at the withers; bitches slightly less. Weight: dogs approximately 16-20.5 kgs (35-45 lbs); bitches somewhat less.

Height at withers

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FCI

Dogs 18-19 inches (46-48 cm).
Bitches somewhat less.

Weight

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FCI

Dogs 40-45 lbs (18- 20, 5 kg).
Bitches somewhat less.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
  • Nervousness. Viciousness.
  • Nose any colour other than black.
  • Undershot mouth. Overshot mouth.
  • Overall mature coat not clear wheaten colour.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Yellow eyes.
  • Dull, thick, woolly or cottony textured hair.
  • White coat. Brown coat.
Dogs carrying any of the above eliminating faults should never be bred from.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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