Irish Terrier

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


The Irish Terrier originates from Ireland and the breed was used as a farm dog or for hunting. Their bravery and courage makes them the preferred choice for messenger dogs during World War II. In 1879, two famous Terriers - Killney Boy and Ch. Erin produced a lot of champions and, according to historians, are the “mother and father” of the breed.

For the first time this breed was registered in the AKC in 1885.

Physical characteristics

The Irish Terrier is medium height and features a tight, well muscled and proportionate developed physique. The coat consists of short, hard and rough, very thick and dense hair. The coloring is monochromatic – bright red, golden red or wheat red. White spots on the chest and paws are allowed but undesirable. The height of the representatives of this breed is about 42-48 cm, the weight is around 11 - 12 kg.

Character and behavior

The Irish Terrier is a loyal, faithful and friendly dog. It possesses courage, plenty of power and excellent orientation, which makes it excellent guard and desirable pet companion. This terrier has strong physique and a lot of energy, which means that it needs a lot of exercise, which means that this breed is suitable for active people. Dogs of this breed need physical stimulation and plenty of attention, therefore lack of attention sometimes leads to boredom and unwanted behavior. The Irish Terrier loves to bounce to pursue and often likes to bark, for those of you looking for a quiet and obedient dog this breed probably wouldn't be the most appropriate choice.

The Irish Terrier is attached to home and family, a zealous defender of the house and cautious with strangers. These dogs are excellent guards and will always be loyal to their owners.

Training and education

The early socialization of your Irish terrier is of great importance, otherwise his temperament could be very awkward. It can be very independent and extremely stubborn, which can lead to a number of behavior problems. This breed is not a good choice for people without experience in growing dogs. Like most of the Terrier breeds, this one is also a digger, so the fence in your yard should have a highly secured bottom as well.

Health problems

The life span of the Irish Terrier is currently stationed around 13-16 years, and there are several health issues that needs to be taken into consideration before choosing from a number of puppies for sale. Most health problems are associated with allergies, skin issues, eye and kidney problems. Both parents of your puppy should have CERF certificate. You should also insist for Health clearances for thrombopathia from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.

Grooming and care

To keep the coat of your Irish Terrier in good condition, you need to comb it several times a week and to trim it every few months. Teeth and ears should be clean to avoid the risk of infections and health problems. This breed is a suitable pet for those of you who suffer from allergies.

Children and other pets

When it comes to other animals, the Irish Terrier will be dominant and aggressive. Owners of small animals, such as rodents and rabbits, must be very careful. On the other hand, these dogs get along well with children and can play with them for hours.

Interesting facts

The 1880's was a critical decade for the Irish Terrier. There was a controversy that led to a significant change of almost all British dogs. Before that period, the ears of some breeds, including terriers, were cropped. In 1889 the breed club decided that all show dogs must have uncropped years. This led to a total ban of ear cropping in all of the UK.