Created in Ireland sometime between the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is believed to be one of the oldest terrier breeds native to Ireland. This Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was created to be an all-purpose farm dog and companion. It proved to be good at a variety of farm related tasks, including herding, watching and guarding livestock, and hunting vermin. This breed’s first official recognition was in 1937 by the Irish Kennel Club. The breed was introduced to the United States in 1946, and very slowly gained supporters including the creation of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America in 1962 and recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1973.