History of the Breed

It is believed that the breed is over 200 years old, although there is no image or written records from that time. Old records mention the Irish terrier and wheat color. It is important that the records from time to time mentioned open hair. At that time the name “Irish Terrier” is included as the common name of all breeds like today’s Irish terriers. The question is whether the real name really got only in 1937. There is no doubt that the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was many throughout Ireland and this long before the official reports about him and Irish Kennel Club.

The largest number was on the south and southwest of Ireland. The walls were in barns, hedges or trellises, and in harsh conditions only the strongest survived, who are still creating offspring. In a very dark weather the turbulent Irish history when hired countries are not allowed to have a value greater than 5 pounds sterling, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are poor people were the same as what the nobles were Irish wolf hounds, which then were characteristic of people in positions, and people with title. They served as guardians of the estate and were used to perform various tasks.

The years passed and the year occurred the wars, revolutions, earthquakes and sink, changing the environment and national borders. At a working trial in 1932 when they were evaluated terriers sensation caused Wheaten Terrier, so the idea came a certain circle of people to the formal recognition of this breed by the Irish Kennel Club.

The desire of owners and fans has been to establish a club with the aim of improving the breed. Breed Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was first recognized by the Irish Wheaten Terrier Club, while the application for membership of the Irish Kennel Club was rejected.

In subsequent years he was often repeated the same request was still a sticking point because of the strong opposition that had more interest in other terrier breeds. After a long time Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was recognized as a breed, but it is a serious stumbling block was then recognized the name “Irish Wheaten Terrier” which provides a great option to replace the Irish Terrier. Finally, after a few years reached an agreement with the Irish Kennel Club and the breed got its present name. Dogs of this breed were first exposed to 17/03/1937. at the Club World Cup Irish Kennel Club, but did not find in the competition with other breeds.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was the last of Ireland’s indigenous breeds which got the right to participate in exhibitions. After this breed is becoming more popular at exhibitions in Ireland, and is expanding to England and then to America. In America, the number softcoated wheaten terrier rapidly increasing due to the high popularity. At the same time it becomes the cause of change seems essential characteristics of dogs, in the structure and quality of the hair, which still causes many problems and disagreements between various breeders and organizations in the world, especially with the Irish Soft Coated Terrier Club.

Due to the perseverance, enthusiasm and deep love of Mrs Maureen Holmes (“Holmenocks Kennels”, Ireland), for her favourite breed, the ISCW-Terrier is now a recognised breed.

Her Books “The Wheaten Year’s”, and “The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier” – are compulsory reading for all friends and breeders of these dogs. It was in 1943 that Mrs. M. HOLMES whelped her first litter of ISCWT’s in Ireland.