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Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier

Country of Origin: Ireland
Dog Group: Terrier

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The Irish Terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds, it is believed that the Irish Terrier has been around for two thousand years old. The Irish Terrier became very popular in England during the late 1800's due to it being an excellent ratters. The Irish Terrier was also used as a messenger during wartime. Today the Irish Terriers main duty is as a companion dog, although they still are keen ratters.

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The Irish Terrier is a medium-sized terrier that is similar to the Wirehaired Fox Terrier, however they are slightly longer and taller. They have powerful jaws, long whiskers and bearded muzzle, they have a black nose. They have a rough looking wiry outer jacket is lined with a softer undercoat, however the hair on their ears is shorter and often darker than on the rest of its hair and they have bushy eyebrows. They have straight muscular legs.

Size Medium
Colour The Irish Terrier comes in golden-yellow, wheaten, and light red,
Coat Length Medium
Age Expectancy About 12-15 years
Weight/Height Range Dogs should measure no more than 45 - 50cms at the withers, bitches slightly less at 43 - 47cms. Dogs weigh between 12 - 15kgs and bitches should ideally weigh between 10 - 13kgs.

This is a healthy breed, however some Irish Terrier can be prone to knee problems such as luxating patellas

Feeding & Ownershipback to top back to top

The Wire is not demanding in its feeding requirements. They do eat a lot considering their size but they are active little dogs. Their food can cost up to $4.50 per week

Food Cost $10 to $15
Other Expenses As they require to be hand plucked 2/3 times a year a professional groomer will be required and will add to their annual costs. However, with a little advise and pratice you could learn how to do this yourself.

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The Irish Terrier is a dog full of character and are affectionately known as “Daredevils”, they are spirited, loyal and very active. They can be quite a handful with they don’t have regular and consistent training, they can be known to play rough so they are not recommend for quiet children. Their bold and inquisitive nature can get them into mischief like digging and chase small animals and objects because of this it is recommended that they are kept on lead when being taken for a walk. This breed is not recommended for quiet or first time dog owners.

Intelligence They are a very intelligent and trainable dog, they do require regular and consistent training They very good competitors in agility trails and fly-ball competitions.
Energy High
Suitability for Children Medium
Tendency to Bark High
Overall Exercise Requirement This breed requires a confident handler who can train it in a very consistent and tactful way. When in a good mood it can learn anything, but try to ensure that there is plenty of variety in the training routine.
Suitability as a Guard Dog High
Ease of Transportation Medium
Level of Aggression Medium High
Other Animal Compatibility Low

Groomingback to top back to top

The Irish Terrier has a hard double coat that is rather easy maintain. Brushing once a week with a stiff bristle brush to remove the dead hair, and bath once every two weeks in the warmer months and bathe once a month in the colder months. It is also recommended that Irish Terriers are hand-stripped/ hand-plucked twice a year (just like an Airedale).

Grooming Requirements Once a week
Amount of hair shed Little
Avg. 3.6 / Ratings: 19

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