A member of the AKC Terrier group, The Irish Terrier is one of the oldest of the terrier breeds. This ancient Irish breed was also used as a ratter and as a retriever, both on land and in water. During the wartime, this breed was also used as a messenger dog.
This Terrier has a strong, leggy body with a short, dense, wiry coat. They really resemble a small Airedale. This breed is a daredevil as well as an affectionate and good tempered dog.
They can be quite fun but overall are not considered as a "hyperactive" breed of dog. They are an absolutely loyal companion to their family and an interested playmate and protector of children.
They are more than eager to join in on their fun and festivities. Given his trim, lithe and athletic little body, this dog breed is a good dog to jog with.
They can be good with children if the children treat these dogs with respect but can have same sex aggression problems with other dogs. They are best with cats if raised with them from an early, early age.
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The Irish Terrier is a small, sporty little dog which is excellent at destroying vermin. They are suitable for apartment living as long as they get their daily exercise.
To help them stay healthy and well behaved they must get enough exercise. A bored or restless Irish may act out by barking or digging incessantly.
Keep in mind that these dogs are terriers and as such they are strong willed and can be difficult to train. As an active minded and intelligent dog, they can easily learn complex tasks, if they feel they have the motivation to do so!
They should be groomed on a regular basis with a twice-yearly stripping of their dense, wiry coat. Typically, males are around 18 inches tall and 27 pounds in weight - females are a bit smaller. He can be a good watchdog, a loyal protector, and a wonderful family pet given the proper amount of training, exercise and socialization.
Country of origin: Ireland Lifespan: 12-15 years Colors: Bright red, golden red, red wheaten or wheaten Known health problems: None identified