The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is one of four terrier breeds native to Ireland. They have a rich history intertwined with Irish culture.
Historically, Irish peasants owned Wheatens as they were not permitted to own hounds, Beagles, Greyhounds, or spaniels.
Wheatens were used for various farm jobs, from herding livestock to hunting vermin. They were also trusted guards and gun dogs.
Wheaten puppies are born in different colors. Their signature pale beige coat doesn't come in until they reach adulthood.
One Wheaten named Krista nearly made the top 10 in a national diving dog championship, jumping 10 feet 2 inches into the water.
Some Wheatens found their way into artwork, like the 19th-century painting 'The Aran Fisherman’s Drowned Child' by Frederic William Burton.
Today, Wheatens retain their versatility, often competing in agility, tracking, and herding competitions, showcasing their energy and intelligence.