Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier

General Description

(Irish Red Terrier)The Irish Terrier looks similar to the Wirehaired Fox Terrier, but is a bit longer and taller. The outer coat is wiry, over a softer undercoat. The coat color is a soldi red, gold or wheat. The hair of the ears is usually darker than that on the rest of the body. The skull is flat, the ears are v-shaped and fold forward. The eyebrows are bushy over small, dark eyes. The muzzle long, with long whiskers and a beard. The nose is black. The jaws are powerful.  The front legs are long, straight and muscular. The tail is docked 3/4 of its original length and carried erect.

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The Irish Terrier is an animated, spirited and loyal dog – but also hot-tempered and reckless. They play hard, especially with active children. They are intelligent and trainable, but can be stubborn at times (and indeed, are difficult to housebreak.) They need to be trained from an early age. They are combative with other dogs and cannot be trusted with non-canine pets. They need to be well-socialized with people from an early age. The Irish Terrier likes to dig and explore,  and will chase anything on offer – and therefore should be kept on a leash at all times.


18 inches


25?27 pounds

General Health

The Irish Terrier is a healthy breed, and is not prone to any major hereditary disorders. When properly cared for, they can live up to 15 years.


The Irish Terrier is believed to be one of the oldest terrier breeds, originating in County Cork, Ireland. They were used as hunting dogs, in order to take den animals, otter, and water rats. The Irish Terrier became very popular in England during the late 1800s, while the United States’ breed club was started in 1896.


The Irish Terrier rarely sheds. Brush on a weekly basis with a stiff bristle brush, and remove dead hair with a fine-tooth comb. Bathe only when necessary.

Ideal Environment

The Irish Terrier will do fine in an apartment as long as it gets a lot of outdoors exercise. Since they were bred as a working breed, they have a lot of energy to expend. Because they have a tendency to fight with other dogs, they must be leashed at all times when walking.

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