Height: 17-18 inches
Weight: 25-27 lbs.
Life Span: 12-15 yrs.
Breed Group: Terriers
Irish terriers are loyal, lively, and affectionate. They are good family
dogs and like to play with children but may behave aggressively if their
property--toys and food bowls--is touched.
Some lines can be highly protective and may snap at anyone they perceive
as a threat to their family. They can do well in obedience class but may
be aggressive toward other dogs and may mistake cats as prey.
Secure the yard with a fence and always walk Irish terriers on a leash.
When properly trained, the Irish terrier is a good companion in the city,
suburbs, or country.
The Irish terrier has bushy eyebrows and a beard. Its coat is short, dense,
and wiry. Its color is solid bright red, golden red, red wheaten, or wheaten.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
The Irish terrier should be brushed and combed twice a week and trimmed
every three months. To avoid behavioral problems, such as nonstop barking
or digging, this energetic dog needs long walks, hikes, and vigorous play
in a secured area.
The Irish terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds. It was developed
in the 18th century for hunting rats, small and big game, and as a land
and water retriever.
During World War I this fearless terrier was used as a patrol and messenger
The Irish Terrier is not suitable for inexperienced dog owners.
Breed-related health concerns include cystine stones (bladder stones caused
by an inability of the kidneys to absorb the amino acid cystine).
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club