Where Are Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers From?
Wheatens were first recorded in 1785 in Kerry County, Ireland, where they were bred to be helpful farm hands. They are close relatives to the Kerry Blue Terrier and Irish Terrier, distinguishing themselves by having long legs and a soft, wheat-colored hair coat. Around the farm, they would guard poultry, herd livestock, manage the pest population, and hunt.
The breed was first recognized by the Irish Kennel Club in 1937 and by the American Kennel Club in 1973. They were first bought to the United States in 1940 by Lydia Vogel of Massachusetts. Seven years later, the first Soft-Coated Wheaten was shown at Westminster.