Believed to be one of the oldest terrier breeds from Ireland, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier emerged there sometime between the late 18th century and early 19th century.
Spirited and playful, they were bred to be all-purpose farm dogs as well as companions. Their intelligence and alertness make them pretty skilled at a variety of farm related work, including herding and watching over livestock. What’s more, they kept the vermin away too.
The breed was introduced to the United States in 1946. Although their fan base grew slowly, it still grew until, in 1962, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America was formed. It’s a club that, much like this terrier itself, is still popular today.