Showsight Presents the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Length, pint of shoulder to pin bone Height, withers to ground

Withers to brisket Elbow to ground

Here is one more example of the build up of hair over withers used to create the illusion of a shorter back, although in this case, not so successfully. Th e lack of balance is further destroyed by the fact that the dog is low on leg, cer- tainly not helped by excessive coat left on the undercarriage. Taking a brief look at the correct Wheaten head, many that we see in the ring today are thick with coarse back skulls that form a three-dimensional block (width, length, depth) instead of a neat, clean brick (narrow, long and lean). Heads tend to be square rather than rect- angular. Skull and muzzle should each be rectangular, equal in length and on equal planes. Ideally, the skull is easily spanned by a woman’s hand. Th e two photos taken from the front do not take into account the foreshortening of muz- zle but hopefully project that the width of the skull should be approximately half the length of the head and, also, that the muzzle should not fall o ff or lose width to any appreciable degree.

It is hoped that those reading this article will be inspired to more thought- ful judging (and breeding) of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, understanding as well that much of it can be applied to other coated breeds, notably the Kerry Blue Terrier. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Approved by the

A regular contributor to numerous peri- odicals, she wrote the SCWT Standard Ampli fi cation and produced the SCWT Illustrated Breed Standard and Ampli fi - cation, along with the SCWTCA Judges Study Guide DVD. She has also served as editor of the SCWTCA quarterly publica- tion, Benchmarks, and as an AKC Del- egate, representing SCWTCA. Addition- ally, she is web-master for ADSJ. She chairs the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America’s Judges Educa- tion Committee and serves as president of the Miniature Bull Terrier Club of South- ern California. She is a member of the Kennel Club of Palm Springs, American Dog Judges Association, Dog Judges Associ- ation of America, the AKC Canine Health Foundation and Take Th e Lead. She lives in Indio, CA with her 13-year old SCWT, Tilly, and a 2-year old Mini Bull Terrier, Roxy. Her favorite pastimes at home include cooking, reading, web design, tennis and listening to classical music.

AKC to judge the Ter- rier and Toy Groups, Poodles, Dachshunds, Miscellaneous, Juniors and Best in Show. Ms. Dunlap bred Yorkshire Terriers brie fl y, fol-

lowed by Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (since 1970) under the Gleanngay pre fi x, with over 160 champions, including BIS, Specialty and Group winners. She bred and owned the top-producing Terrier sire of all time, Ch Gleanngay Holliday, ROM. She has judged across the US and has also adjudicated in Australia, Canada, China, Finland, Ireland and Sweden.


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