Country/Date of Origin: Ireland/1700s
An all-purpose farm dog bred in the south of Ireland, the Soft Coated Wheaten was kept down on the farm for centuries. Its prowess was a well kept secret. Wheatens can herd cattle and sheep, retrieve game, guard home and garden, and single-handedly eliminate vermin on a property.
It has been recognized as a pure bred dog in Ireland since 1937 but didn't gain acceptance to the American Kennel Club until 1973.