A terrier type breed originating in Ireland, the Irish Terrier is a dog of medium size with a compact, sturdily built and active nature. Some of its prominent characteristic features include a rectangular, well-proportioned body, longish head, small, brown eyes, V-shaped, well-set ears, and a moderately long tail curved to its back.
|Other names||Irish Red Terrier|
|Coat||Double coat: Dense, wiry outer coat; a soft undercoat|
|Average lifespan||13 to 15 years|
|Size (How big do they get)||Medium|
|Height||Approximately 18 inches|
|Weight||Male: 27 pounds; Female: 25 pounds|
|Litter size||4 -6 puppies|
|Behavioral traits||Loyal, energetic, affectionate, bold, curious, loving|
|Good with children||Yes|
|Shedding (Do they shed)||Minimal|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||FCI, ANKC, AKC, NZKC, UKC, CKC, KC (UK)|
They have dwelt in their place of origin, Ireland, for many hundred years as an efficient farm dog, whose main purpose was to kill vermin. More than their appearance, these canines were bred for their working skills and strong prey drive. Besides being a farmer’s trusted companion, it was also a protective watchdog and a great hunter. Not much has been known about the history behind its origination, though the black and tan terrier is said to be its forefather from which many other breeds like the Kerry Blue Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Lakeland Terrier, and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier also developed.
Its popularity increased only in the second half of the 19th century when this breed appeared at a dog show held in Glasgow by the name Irish Terrier for the first time. Initially, it came in all colors including black and tan, brindle, gray, wheaten, and red. However, in the long run, red stands out as the only accepted color. They were employed as sentinel and messenger dogs during the First World War and post it their popularity persisted. Among the several kennel clubs, the AKC is one of the prominent organizations recognizing them.
The Irish Terrier is a good tempered, loyal and affectionate breed, with a strong disposition. Though they are inclined towards their members of the family, these dogs are known to have a special inclination towards a particular member of a family, possibly their master.
Because of their watchdog genes, they are aversive to strangers and would bark at the sight of an intruder.
The Irish Terrier is independent and has a mind of their own, often being engaged in activities that might not be pleasing to you like digging your laundry basket or messing your kitchen.
They are good with kids, though supervision is needed when they are interacting with the little ones as these dogs could be of a boisterous nature. These canines can be quite aggressive while interacting with dogs or other animals because of their territorial and dominating nature, particularly if not brought up with them.
The Irish Terrier has a highly adjusting and adaptable nature, being able to cope in urban as well as rural households as well as any climatic conditions.
Being strong-willed and independent it might be a bit of a task to train the Irish Terrier if the master is not firm and tactful.
Good quality dry dog food is what they need to be in the best of their health. While adding a homemade diet to your dog’s kibble make sure you do it in measured amounts.