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Irish Terrier

Originally bred to kill vermin on farms, the Irish Terrier is distinguished by his solid red, dense, low-shedding coat and long, tall body. Courageous, loyal and lively, this breed is affectionate with his human companions but aggressive toward other dogs. The athletic Irish Terrier requires regular exercise in a fenced yard and several leashed walks per day.
Living Considerations
  • Good with older children
  • Not hypoallergenic
  • Suitable for apartment living if sufficiently exercised
Did you know?
One of the oldest terrier breeds, the Irish Terrier is a descendant of the ancient wirehaired black-and-tan terrier of Great Britain and the Irish Wolfhound. The Irish Terrier was recognized as a separate breed in 1875 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Irish Terrier was used as a messenger and sentinel during World War I.
Also Known As:
Irish Red Terrier
Irish Terrier
  • Size Small
  • Height 45.5 centimetres at the shoulders
  • Weight Males - 12 kilograms
    Females – 11 kilograms
  • Coat Short and Wiry
  • Energy Medium
  • Colour Bright red, golden red, red wheaten, wheaten
  • Activities Conformation, Rally, Agility, Hunting, Tracking, Retrieving, Police and Military Work
  • Indoor/Outdoor Both