The Soft Coated Woxer has little written about its development, so lets look at the parent dog history to find out more about this unusual breed. The Boxer is a descendant of the ancient and now extinct Bullenbeisser breeds that were crossed with the Mastiff, Bulldog, Great Dane and possibly the Terrier. They originated in Germany during the 19th Century. Strong and muscular, they were used in the now outlawed bull baiting sport where being strong and low to the ground helped the dog hold onto the bull. After the sport was halted, they were used as butcher's dogs. Some say the Boxer got its name because of the way it plays, where it uses it's large paws to spar much like a human boxer. The Boxer did not arrive in America until after World War 1. In the 1940's they quickly became the most popular dog in America. They were one of the first dogs to be trained as police dogs, and later they were used as seeing-eye dogs. But these days they are devoted companions and guard dogs, with an indisputable loyalty and affection for their families and especially the children whom they take the responsibility for their safety very seriously. For many owners, they are the ultimate companion and trusted friend. The Soft Coated Wheaten originated in Ireland where they were a versatile farm dog who guarded the property against intruders, rid the property of vermin, and helped the owner to hunt. Although not much is recorded about this dog's early days, it is assumed that it shares a common ancestry with the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Irish Terrier. The working dogs docked tail was a sign to the tax collector that they were exempt from the tax on dogs. The first Wheaten's arrived in America in 1946 in the month of November. Seven arrived among the cargo of the freighter Norman J. Coleman which docked in Boston after its long trip from Belfast. Two of the puppies went home with Lydia Vogel of Springfield, Massachusetts. Vogel showed them the following year and these two dogs produced 17 puppies. The American Kennel Club recognised the breed in 1973. The first Wheaten to be registered was Holmenocks Gramachree. Today, this lovely dog breed ranks 62nd out of 155 breeds in the AKC.
The Soft Coated Woxer often takes the square boxy shape of their parent Boxer, but it is often combined with the soft coat of the Soft Coated Wheaten parent. This makes for an attractive solid dog with a soft loosely curling coat. They tend to have the longer muzzle of the Wheaten rather than the Boxer's slightly short pushed in face which means they have less problems with their breathing. The solid muscular body and long legs make for a powerful build which is softened by their shaggy coat. Often their legs have soft wavy fur covering the leg all the way down to their rounded well padded paws. Feathering on the legs, chest area and around the face can be present giving them a teddy bear appearance. The thick neck supports the rectangular shaped head and relatively short muzzle. The nose is black , and the eyes are wide set almond in shape and have a reddish brown to darker brown color. The ears can vary from alert and erect, to soft and floppy - depending on the genetic influence of the parent dogs. Their tail is often docked although can be left to be natural and may have some feathering too. Soft, silky and yet powerfully built, the Soft Coated Woxer is attractive to look at and makes a great companion and watchdog.