Thinking about purchasing an Irish Terrier? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Irish Terrier breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Irish Terrier owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Irish Terrier and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Irish Terrier Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Irish Terrier and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Irish Terrier Profile
The Irish Terrier, or Irish Red Terrier, is sturdy, strong in substance and bone structure, and free from clumsiness. Speed, power, endurance are essential to this breed. They are neither cobby, nor cloddy, and should be built on lines of speed with a graceful, racing outline. They are small to medium sized dogs, once ranging greatly in size and appearance, but now a consistent square looking, bushy-bearded breed. They have short, small drop ears, and fiery brown eyes. They have ruffling in their fur on their legs and a small beard. They come in red to wheaten red colors. Irish Terriers make excellent companions whether they are playmates, hikers, watchdogs or just footwarmers. Despite their size, their guarding abilities are high. They are fierce to other dogs and threatening beings, and were once used for fighting, giving them the spirit they have today. They have been described to have “heedless, reckless pluck”, which contributed to their nickname of “Daredevil”. Irish Terriers, fierce as they are to mice, are affectionate and good tempered with people. Loyal to every member of the family, these Daredevils are a top-notch terrier known for their fighting spirit.
Other Names: Irish Red Terrier, Daredevil
Height: 18 - 19 inches.
Colors: Whole-colored and preferably
red, red wheaten, golden red or yellow-red. A small amount of white on the chest
is acceptable; white on feet or any black shading are highly undesirable.
Temperament: Irish Terriers are determined,
friendly and unafraid of a fight. They should be kept away from other strange
dogs, as they are tenacious fighters and do not like to back down. Although
they have guard dog capabilities, they are good with children. It has been said
that “A growing lad could wish no finer friend to grow up with; mischief overlooked
by the one will certainly be exploited by the other!” Needless to say, Irish
Terriers can be mischievous, and need firm, consistent and tactful training.
They have a lot of energy outside. They are affectionate and good-tempered with
family, and have a “heedless, reckless pluck”. They are courageous, loyal and
very protective of their own.
Watch-dog: Very High.
Irish Terrier Care and Exercise: Regular
brushing and combing will keep the coat of the Irish Terrier in top notch condition.
The more they are groomed, the more beautiful the coat will be. Hand strip the
coat twice a year. This will maintain the texture and color of their coat. Bathe
only when necessary. Check ears, teeth and nails regularly for infection. Exercise
should consist of games with human contact, long walks on a leash and free run
in a fenced yard.
Activity: Indoors – Medium. Outdoors
Irish Terrier Health Issues: Kidney or bladder stones, corns on the feet, and hereditary urinary problems.
Life Span: 13 - 16 years.
Country of Origin: Ireland
First Registered by the AKC: 1885
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