(aka: Irish Red Terrier, Red Terrier)
The Irish Terrier has a distinctive appearance, with a long and slightly rectangular muzzle. He is a medium sized dog, with a sturdy build and an inquisitive expression. The weight of the Irish Terrier is around 25-27 pounds, and reaches around 18-20 inches in height. The coat of these dogs has a wiry, harsh texture, and the coloring of the Irish Terrier is red (various shades) or wheaten. His ears are small and folded, falling forward from near the top of the head, adding to his alert and curious expression.
Irish Terrier Temperament
The Irish Terrier is a dog that is very loyal and friendly, yet also very determined and territorial. These dogs have spirit, courage, and plenty of energy, making them ideal as watchdogs, companions, and family pets. This is a dog with great agility, and his boundless energy means that he does need a lot of exercise, which means that he will fare best with more active owners. These dogs thrive on physical stimulation and plenty of attention, and neglect will often lead to boredom and destructive behavior. The Irish Terrier loves to jump, dig, chase, and in many cases bark, so if you are looking for a quiet, calm dog then this is probably not the breed for you. He loves playing games of fetch.
The Irish Terrier is a very territorial dog, and can be very wary with strangers. This does make him an effective watchdog, and he will be protective of and loyal to his family. When it comes to other pets, the Irish Terrier can be both dominant and aggressive - any pet that tries to stand up to the Irish Terrier will have the bear the wrath of this breed. Strange animals will usually be challenged by the Irish Terrier, and owners should be warned that smaller animals such as rodents and rabbits may not live to see another day if they get in the way of these dogs. On the other hand, the Irish Terrier tends to get along well with children providing they are gentle and considerate. It is important to ensure that your Irish Terrier is socialized from an early age in order to promote a more stable temperament. He can be very stubborn and over-confident, which can make training difficult and makes him better suited to those with some experience of dog ownership.
The grooming requirements for the Irish Terrier are moderate, and you will need to ensure that his coat is brushed and combed on a weekly basis to keep it in good condition. Pet Irish Terriers may need to be clipped every few months, and show dogs will need to have the dead coat stripped several times a year. Also, check the teeth and ears of the Irish Terrier regularly for cleanliness and to reduce the chances of infection and health problems. With property grooming this breed is a low shedder, which means that he could prove ideal for those with allergies.
The Irish Terrier has a long and honorable history and it is one of the most beloved breeds. The Irish Terrier originally came from Country Cork, Ireland. There is some agreement that it is one of the oldest terrier breeds.
It has been suggested that this breed is two thousand years old. There are paintings of the breed that date back to the 1700's. The breed has been well loved by authors and kings alike. The breed has been used as a hunter and rodent killer. At times this brave breed was used a wartime messengers.
The first known breed club was established in Dublin in 1879. Irish Terriers were the first members of the terrier group to be recognized by the English Kennel Club as a native Irish Breed. This recognition took place just before the end of the 19th century. The first Irish Terriers were taken to the US in late 19th century and quickly became popular with hunters and pet lovers alike.
The Irish Terrier became very popular in England during the late 1800's. In 1896 the United States' breed club was started. While the breed is still used for hunting purposes by some owners it is now mainly a companion dog.
It was also in the latter part of the 19th century that the proper selection process of the breed began. At that time they were shown sometimes in one class, sometimes in separate classes for dogs under and over 9 pounds.
Today the breed is well loved and kept in many countries from the US to Australia.
The Irish Terrier is a very Intelligent and trainable breed, but owners should understand that this breed can be somewhat stubborn and willful.
The best way to train the Irish Terrier is to train it firmly and from an early age. Owners must understand that while the Irish Terrier can be very affectionate with people they can be very combative with other dogs and they should not be trusted with non-canine pets such as rabbits or cats.
The Irish Terrier has a strong protective instinct, so he should be socialized well with people at an early age so as to avoid instances of biting and snapping. While it is not always a problem with all dogs, some of this breed can be difficult to housebreak.
Owners must understand that the Irish Terrier likes to dig, explore, and chase things. These are issues that the owners can train against but the owner should not get his or her hopes up too high.
For some owners the best way to begin training of this breed is to go to a professional trainer. Once the professional trainer has laid down the basics, the owner can begin training at home.
The Irish Terrier is generally a hardy and healthy breed, and there are not many health issues that are linked specifically to this breed. Amongst the health problems to look out for are allergies, skin problems, eye problems, and urinary stones. The life expectancy of the Irish Terrier is around 13-16 years. The parents of the Irish Terrier puppy should have CERF certificates.