Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Ireland
Group: Terrier
Height: 18 in.
Weight: 25-27 lbs.
Life span: 12-14 yrs.
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: can be dog aggressive, may chase cats & other small animals

What is the origin of the Irish Terrier?

Irish farmers wanted an intelligent dog that could act and think on its own. The Irish Terrier fit the farmers needs. In World War I, the Irish Terrier served as messenger for the army. They became popular in America in the 1920s, but today are one of the rarer terriers.

What does the Irish Terrier look like?

The Irish Terrier is about 18 inches tall and weighs 25-27 lbs. The head is long and slightly narrow, sporting a small beard. Ears are small and v-shaped, dropping forward. Ears may need training to set properly, the breeder will explain what to do. Eyes are small. The tail is set high, about 1/4 docked off where this practice continues. The coat is double, wiry outercoat, soft, dense undercoat. Comb once a week, strip twice a year.

What is the temperament of the Irish Terrier?

Irish Terriers are independent, curious, bold dogs. They are strong-willed and should have early firm, positive obedience training and socialization. Irish Terriers are good with children and very playful. They are aggressive with other dogs and small animals. They are reserved with strangers. Irish Terriers are lively, active dogs and need vigorous exercise daily – a long walk and playtime. Since they love to chase anything, a secure fence and leashed while walking are required.

What is the Irish Terrier used for?

Irish Terriers are great vermin hunters. They make loyal, loving family companions.

Possible Health Issues

Eye problems, hyperkeritosis (thickening of paw pads), muscular dystrophy (rare).


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