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Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

FCI-Standard N° 40 / 25. 04. 2001

ORIGIN: Ireland

Classification F.C.I. :
Group 3 Terriers
Section 1 Large and medium sized Terriers. 
Without working trial
A hardy, active, short coupled dog, well built, giving the idea of strength.
Not too leggy nor too low to the ground.
Spirited and game. Good tempered. Most affectionate and loyal to his owners.
Most intelligent. A trusty, faithful friend, defensive without aggression.
HEAD: In general powerful without being coarse. Long, in good proportion to the body.
Hair same colour as on body
- Skull:	Flat and clean between ears, not too wide.
- Stop:	Defined
- Nose:		Black and well developed.
- Muzzle:		Foreface not longer than skull.
- Jaws: 		Jaws strong and punishing
- Teeth:		Teeth large, regular; scissor or level bite (i.e.edge to edge)
		neither undershot nor overshot.
- Cheeks: 	Bones not prominent.
- Eyes:		Dark, dark hazel, not too large, not prominent, well placed.
- Ears:		Small to medium, carried in front, level with skull.
		Dark shading on base of ear allowed and not uncommon,
		accompanied by a light wheaten coloured overlay.
		This is the only area of the dog where under-coat is allowed.
		"Rose" or "flying" ears are objectionable.
NECK: Moderately long and strong but not throaty.
Not too long. Length from withers to base of tail
approximately the same as from ground to withers.
- Back:		Strong and level with even top line.
- Loins:		Short, powerful.
- Chest:		Deep, ribs well sprung.
TAIL: Well set, not too thick. Carried gaily but never over the back.
Well developed with powerful muscle. 
- Forelegs:	Perfectly straight viewed from any angle. Good bone and muscle.
- Shoulders:	Fine, well laid back, muscular 
- Thighs:		Strong and muscular.
- Stifles:		Bent.
- Hocks:		Well let down, turned neither in nor out.
		Hind dewclaws should be removed.
- FEET:		Small, not spreading.
		Toenails preferably black but varying dark colours allowed.
Straight action fore and aft, going and coming.
Elbows tucked in. Side view: free, light co-ordinated movement.
A single coated dog. Texture soft and silky to feel and not harsh.
Young dogs excluded from this. Trimming permitted.
- Trimmed dogs:	Coat cut close at neck, chest and skull,
		and left especially long over eyes and under jaw.
		Whiskers encouraged. Profuse feathering on legs.
		Body coat trimmed to follow the outline of the dog but not sculpted.
		Tail trimmed close and neatly tapered.
- Untrimmed dogs: The coat at its longest not to exceed five inches (12,7 cm).
		Soft, wavy or loosely curled with the sheen of silk.
		Under no circumstances should the coat be "fluffed out"
		like a Poodle or an Old English Sheepdog. Dogs shown in this condition
		should be heavily penalised as they give a wrong impression of type
		and breed. Special attention is drawn to puppy coat development.
		Pups are seldom born with the correct coat of maturity,
		care must be taken when assessing this point. They go through
		several changes of colour and texture before developing the mature
		adult coat. This usually occurs between 18 months and 2½ years.
- Pups:		Are seldom born with the correct colour or texture coat.
		They come reddish, greyish and sometimes clear wheaten.
		The masks are generally black. Sometimes there is a black streak down
		the centre back or black tips to the body coat. These dark markings clear
		away with growth.
A good clear wheaten of shades from light wheaten to a golden reddish hue.
- Height:		Dogs 18-19 inches (46-48 cm). Bitches somewhat less.
- Weight:	Dogs 40-45 lbs (18- 20, 5 kg). Bitches somewhat less.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness
with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
° Nervousness, Viciousness.
° Nose any colour other than black.
° Undershot mouth. Overshot mouth.
° Overall mature coat not clear wheaten colour.
° Yellow eyes
° Dull, thick, woolly or cottony textured hair.
° White coat. Brown coat.
Dogs carrying any of the above eliminating faults should never be bred from.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

© Breeder: Karola Fechner