Irish Terrier Dog Breed

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Irish Terrier Dog Breed

  • Origin: Ireland
  • Group: Terrier
  • Weight: 11-12 kg
  • Height: 43 cm
  • Colors: red, brown, cream
  • Training: Easy to train
  • Care: it needs a lot of movement
  • Temperament: protector, respectful, intelligent, dominant
  • Health: Robust and resistant breed
  • Puppies: 4-6
  • Average age: 12 to 15 years old


The Irish Terrier breed dates back approximately 2000 years, being considered one of the oldest terriers. The origin of the breed is controversial, and many believe that this dog was created in southern Ireland (Cork Country) by mating several terriers. The first attestation of the Irish Terrier comes from pictorial representations dating back to the 1700s.

The Irish Terrier is a verse hunter, but also an exterminator of the beehive, otter, and water rats.

The breed was also used in those times as a rehabilitating dog and as a messenger during the wars. In 1875, the Irish Terrier was presented in canine exhibitions across Ireland for the first time. Around 1880, this dog was designated as one of the most popular breeds in England.

Earbinding was a common workmanship in England until the late 1880s. In 1889, the Irish Terrier club in England decided that Irish newborn terriers from that year would no longer have their ears cupped. This triggered a polemic that led to the banning of ears coupling to any breed exhibited in quinological exhibitions in England.

In 1896, the American Terrier’s American Club was established. The Irish Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club in the terrier group. Today, the breed is recognized by the following offices and international organizations: FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, CET, CKC, APRI, ACR. The Romanian Chinological Association recognizes the Irish Terrier in the terrier group.

Irish Terrier’s Food

The dog is not a pretentious one at all.

It fits just as well with regular food, from the master’s table, but also with special food, whether it’s dry or canned or otherwise.

It does not require a special attention to feeding, with no tendency to fattening or the development of secondary problems due to nutrition.

Irish Terrier’s Aspect

Medium sized dog, this terrier is well proportioned and muscular, sowing well with a slender hair fox terrier, although it is a bit longer and taller than it.

The girl is framed by long whiskers, a beard, a black nose and strong jaw. The Irish Terrier has a long and flat head, small and dark eyes and V-shaped ears, bent to the front. His tail is shortened and worn high. The anterior limbs are long, straight and muscular.

The Irish Terrier coat is double, consisting of a coarse and chubby outer coat and a deep soft and fluffy hair. The hair on the ears is shorter and often darker than the rest of the body. Color variations are red, orange or gold.

The adult Irish Terrier can reach a mature height of about 40-43 cm and a body weight of about 11-12 kg.

Irish Terrier’s Behavior

The Irish Terrier is extremely intelligent and balanced but has a fighting thread, always being argued, just like many other members of the terrier group.

This dog really likes to play, seemingly inexhaustible. Curious and curious, the Irish Terrier is always ready for action and adventure.

It has a very well-developed instinct of property, which is why it must socialize from an early age in order not to become destructive and aggressive. Like other terriers, the Irish Terrier likes to dig pits and run small creatures, which is why it must be kept in the woods when it is taken out in public places.

Irish Terrier’s Training

The Irish Terrier is easy to educate. He tends to be stubborn, but he still wants to thank his master.

When going out, the Irish Terrier must be kept in the leash to shake his uncontrollable motions and the tendency to crawl with other dogs.

This behavior can be processed and dimmed by basic obedience training.

Irish Terrier’s Particulars

The Irish Terrier is affectionate, loyal and courageous, but can be very aggressive to other dogs. He loves to run and play with children, and to be around his family.

Irish Terriers are excellent guard dogs, being extremely vigilant and courageous. The Irish Terrier will live in an apartment if it is taken out on a few daily walks or benefits from a yard, however small.

The Irish Terrier is full of energy, requiring a lot of movement to consume energy and keep it controllable. Because of their antipathy for other dogs, consistent training and permanent surveillance are absolutely necessary when Irish Terriers are removed in public spaces.

The Irish Terrier needs a daily brush to keep his fur in good condition. Its sturdy coat is easy to maintain and is rarely replaced.

Irish Terrier’s Diseases

Irish Terriers are generally robust and resistant, with few medical sensitivities. Besides cystine bladder litias, this breed is also prone to behavioral disorders such as pits digging. Although these occur rarely, the following affections have also been reported:

Melanoma is a type of tumor that originates melanocytes, pigment synthesizing cells. Cataracts cause a loss of normal lens transparency.

Affection can occur on one or both eyes and can lead to blindness gradually.

Retinal dysplasia is a congenital retinal disease that can induce blindness.

The life expectancy of the Irish Terrier is about 12-15 years.

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