Irish Terrier Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Irish Red Terrier
  • Size:Medium
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Medium
  • Shedding:Low
  • Exercise Needed:Walk and a run daily
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:High
  • Good with Children:Yes, with gentle, older children
  • Health Clearances:CERF
  • Weight:Male: 27; Female: 25 lbs
  • Height:18 inches
  • Coat Colour:Red, golden red, red wheaten, or wheaten

Irish Terrier Coat

The Irish Terrier is a double coat breed. The outer coat is wiry and dense, fits closely to the body, and has a broken appearance. The under coat is fine and soft in texture. The colour of the coat comes in solid wheaten, red wheaten, bright red, and golden red. This breed sheds little to no hair.

Irish Terrier Character

The Irish Terrier is medium in size and well balanced. They are graceful, active, and have a proud and majestic appearance. This breed is often referred to as a daredevil. Irish Terriers have great strength and courage will heedlessly fight any foe.

Irish Terrier Temperament

A bold, reckless, and spirited breed, the Irish Terrier is also adventurous and hot-tempered. They are loyal, devoted, and affectionate to their family. This breed is very playful and is best suited for homes with older considerate children. Irish Terriers are combative with other dogs and do not do well with other household pets. They are extremely protective of their family, home, and territory and make excellent guard dogs. The Irish Terrier is not recommended for the novice, sedentary, or inexperienced dog owner.

Irish Terrier Care

The Irish Terrier requires regular brushing with a stiff bristle brush to minimize shedding and remove dead hair. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary using a mild shampoo to preserve the integrity of the coat. The Irish Terrier is a relatively healthy breed although some are prone to hypothyroid conditions.

Irish Terrier Activity

This breed is highly active and needs regular exercise. They thrive on family play sessions, securely leashed walks, and romping and running in a safely enclosed space. The Irish Terrier does not do well if left alone indoors or outdoors for an extended period of time. Without adequate stimulation and attention they become lonely, bored, and will become destructive. The Irish Terrier will do okay in an apartment dwelling provided they are given sufficient exercise.

Irish Terrier Health and Life Expectancy

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.