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Irish Terrier

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Irish Terrier

The Irish Terrier has a weather resistant, double coat. The outercoat is course and wiry and the undercoat is soft and fine. The coat colors are generally red, red/wheaten or yellow/wheaten. When showing this breed, a small amount of white is allowed on the chest. There should not be black shading on the coat nor white markings on the feet. The long head should be narrow between the ears and have a slight stop. The skull should be flat and the muzzle bearded. They should also have profuse eyebrows. The prominent eyes should be small and the small, v-shaped ears fold forward. The jaw should be strong, the lips and nose black and the teeth meeting in a level or scissor-like bite. The long neck slowly widen towards the well laid back shoulders. The chest is deep and the body moderately long. The back is straight and well-developed. The strong, well-boned forelegs should be perfectly straight. The straight muscular hindlegs should have well let down hocks and fairly bent stifles. The hair on the hindlegs should be dense and brusque. The round feet should have arched toes with black toe nails. The high set tail is customarily docked to three quarters.

Temperament Irish Terriers are animated, courageous, hot-tempered, reckless and feisty. Due to this, they have earned the nickname 'The Daredevil'. They are great with children and love to play hard. They are devoted and affectionate towards their family. They are very friendly with people; however, they have strong protective instincts. They can also be aggressive toward other dogs. Due to this, they should be socialized thoroughly from an early age. They should not be trusted around non-canine pets.
Height, Weight Height: 18" ; Weight: 25-27 lbs.
Health Problems The Irish Terrier is a hardy breed and not prone to many health problems.
Living Conditions The Irish Terrier will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They do best with a medium-sized yard. If they get enough exercise, they are well-mannered and more dignified indoors.
Exercise Irish Terriers have lots of energy and need lots of regular exercise. Hold on tight to its lead as they can be dog aggressive.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming The Irish Terrier only needs to be brushed occasionally to prevent matting in its coat. Remove dead hair with a fine comb. Bathe only when necessary. This breed rarely sheds.
Origin The Irish Terrier originated from County Cork in southern Ireland. They are thought to be the oldest terrier breed dating back to over 2000 years ago. However, the earliest images of this breed were found in paintings of the 1700s. It is thought that they possibly descended from old black and tan terriers and wheaten terriers. They were used as exterminators of den animals, such as the otter and water rats. This breed became very popular in England in the late 1800s. The United States Irish Terrier breed club was started in 1896. Irish Terriers were used as messenger dogs during World War I, attributing to their fearless reputation. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC and UKC Terrier