Known for their robust look, the Irish Terrier is a breed with distinctive appearance and personality. This non-shedding dog is a medium-sized terrier that looks very similar to the Wirehaired Fox Terrier. Bred for active work, this affectionate breed loves brisk walks and plays hard with active children. ITs, as they are sometimes called, are a spirited dog and can be hot-tempered, reckless, and courageous. With their strong protective instinct, this breed does well when socialized and trained early. Irish Terriers can do ok in apartments as long as they get sufficient, daily exercise. With firm training and daily exercise, they tend to be well-mannered indoors.
Irish Terrier Facts:
Grooming: The harsh, double coat is easy to groom and doesn’t tangle easily.
Social Skills: Provide early socialization and firm training. Can be quite a handful.
Personality: Very affectionate, loyal, playful, and inquisitive. Keep on leash when outdoors. Not trustable with other household pets.
Children: Very good with older respectful children.
Housing: Very active, will need room to exercise, and run. Fenced yards are ideal for them. Likes to dig and chase things.
Exercise: High. Needs lots of exercise.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily - begin early training. Train with positive reinforcement.
Health: Not prone to to any major hereditary disorders. More information on Irish Terrier inherited health disorders.
History: The modern Irish Terrier remains a "ratter" at heart and is an exterminator of den animals. This is probably the oldest of all terrier breeds, going back 2000 years ago, however, the earliest images come from a painting in 1700's. Irish Terriers became popular in England during the late 1800's. They have been used for police work, military work, guarding, hunting, and tracking. Today, ITs are mainly companion dogs