Der Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

- History -

Country of Origin
The Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (ISCW-T) is of Irish heritage.

The "Wheaten" is close relative of the Kerry Blue -, Irish – and Glen Of Imaal Terrier.

There is no exact knowledge about the breed's age, but estimations say that the breed has been existing in Ireland for over 200 years . Documents dated from 1785 spreak of ‘Wheatens’ in the county of Kerry. A further early proof for the existence of the race is a painting dated from 1843 with an Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier in the foreground.

The ISCW-Terrier was mainly kept on farms in the South and South West of Ireland, he was the guardian of the household and a general utility dog.

Up to the end of the Forties only those ISCW - Terrier could carry the title of a Champion who also won a Field Trial Certificate, Major Trials run with badgers, Minor Trials with rabbits, water and rats.

of the breed outside

The ISCW-Terrier being recognised officially by the Irish Kennel Club and ...


... presented for the first time on a Championship Show on St. Patrick's Day in Dublin (Irl).


Acknowledgement of the breed by the English Kennel Club.

Foundation of the American Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club (SCWTCA) .

1970 First registration of an ISCW-Terrier into the breeding register of the Klub Für Terrier e.V. (KFT) in Germany.


Foundation of the first Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier - Club on the continent, in the Netherlands.


First Litter in Germany, "WHEATEN REBEL'S", breeders: Margret Möller-Sieber and Gerhard Möller.


25 years ISCW-Terrier breed in Germany

according to the registers of the "Klub Für Terrier e.V." in Germany, there are 4.405 Wheatens bred in Germany.

In the USA the number of Wheatens is large. Many of the dogs bred in the United States differ in their coat from the soft,silky, shiny (honeycoloured) coat which is described by the Irish Standard (FCI). They show a woolly coat that does'nt conform to the breedtype and the Standard.

Due to the 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.
  Mrs. Maureen Holmes  (Holmenocks Kennel,  Irl.)
  Mrs. Margret MÖLLER-SIEBER and her husband Gerhard MÖLLER, made the ISCW-Terrier popular in Germany.
The success of their Kennel "Wheaten Rebel's" deeply influenced the development of these dogs not only on the continent.

Mrs. Margret Möller-Sieber (middle)
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Great Britain
Champion Clubshow, Sunday, October 7, 2001
Judge: Mrs. Margret Möller-Sieber