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Irish Terrier Dog Breed Info & Pictures

Sleek and graceful, the Irish Terrier has a long straight back and a tall stature. Its head is long and flat with a strong well-muscled jaw filled with powerful teeth. Eyes are small and dark with an intense and intelligent expression. The ears are set high on the head and are small and folded over in a V-shape. The dog's tail sticks up high and is docked one quarter off. The coat is wiry and dense and is harsher on the back than on the sides of the body. The undercoat is soft and thick. Coloring is solid and can be bright red, golden red, red wheaten or wheaten.

Irish Terrier Fast Facts

13 - 15 years
18th century
27 lb
25 lb
Iresh Terier, Irish Tarrier, Irish Tarriar or Irish Terriar.
Irish Red Terrier


A classic terrier, The Irish Terrier is independent, animated, and bold....

It loves to play, though its rough and tumble demeanor may be a little much for small children. It is very intelligent, but can be stubborn. Training must be firm and consistent from the start. The Irish Terrier is very protective of its family, to whom it is very loyal, and is generally aggressive toward other dogs small animals; do not leave an Irish Terrier alone with other pets unless it has been socialized with them from a young age. Irish Terriers can be difficult to housebreak and must be kept on a leash or in a very secure area as they love to explore and roam.

Caring For a Irish Terrier

The Irish Terrier is suited to apartment life, provided it is given time every day to run around....

Sufficiently exercised, this breed makes for a well behaved house pet. The wire coat needs to be brushed at least twice a week, and needs to be clipped (for pets) or stripped (for show dogs) every three to four months. The Irish Terrier does well in most climates, but it should not be made to sleep outside. Long lived and healthy, the only medical problem you might encounter with an Irish Terrier is urinary stones.

Irish Terrier History

Breed History

One of the oldest terriers, the Irish Terrier is likely descended from the Black and Tan Terrier as well as other, larger terrier breeds....

Some even believe there is a tinge of Irish Wolfhound blood in the breed. Like other terriers, the Irish Terrier was bred to hunt otter, fox, rats and other pests. And, being the leggiest of the terriers, the Irish was quite adept at chasing these animals down and dispatching them. The Irish Terrier was first shown in Glasgow in 1875; Killney Boy and Erin, as the two show terriers were called, would eventually be bred and produce a line that would include many champions. By the 1880s the Irish Terrier was the fourth most popular breed in England, and that popularity quickly spread to America. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885, and the Irish Terrier Club of America was founded in 1896. The dog was put to work as a messenger and watch dog during World War I, and proved itself with valor. The Irish Terriers popularity held out until about 1930, and then suddenly and inexplicably vanished. Today, the Irish Terrier is only rarely seen in the ring or the home. Nevertheless, it remains a fearless and steadfast companion, whose come-what-may attitude has earned it a loyal following.