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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier: Origin, Personality, Training

Group:  Terriers.

AKC Ranking: 123

About Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier is not as well known in the United States as some other terriers but one that will soon take its place with its feisty, courageous demeanor and alert features.

Bred to hunt vermin and even fox in Ireland, this dog can have a hot temper and will defend its family and home against unwanted predators or guests.

Ever ready for adventure or activity, this breed makes a great companion for a single person as well as a family with children. They can tirelessly retrieve making them a fine playmate for a child and at the same time make a well-mannered, dignified companion in an urban setting.

Training on lead is imperative and a firm command should be introduced early to make walking an enjoyable activity as well as good exercise. They are most protective of their family and should be watched for aggression with canines they are not familiar with.

Other canines raised with them will be fine but small animals such as hamsters and ferrets will only appear as trespassers and will undoubtedly be harmed. A small, fenced yard will provide space for exercise and ensure your pets safety.

Since they aim to please and are quick to learn, Irish Terriers should respond favorable to either obedience or agility training.


They are non-shedding dogs that require regular brushing to keep mats from forming and to remove burrs and such from its “Velcro” coat. A professional grooming may be required depending on density of coat once a year but most maintenance can be accomplished at home.

Bathing should be kept to a minimum to preserve protective oils in the coat.

Health Issues: This is a very healthy breed and aside from sensitive skin, has few health concerns.

Height: 18 inches

Weight: 25-28 lbs.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years


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