- SIZE: 3
- GROOMING:: 6
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 5
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 1
- WATCHDOG: 7
- BREED: Irish Terrier
- COLOR(S):Whole-colored and preferably red, red wheaten, golden red or yellow-red. A small amount of white on the chest is acceptable.
The Irish (Red) Terrier is sturdy, medium-sized, well-proportioned, strong in substance and bone structure, and free from clumsiness. This breed looks very similar to the Wirehaired Fox Terrier, but somewhat taller and longer. The rough looking wiry outer jacket is lined with a softer undercoat. The Irish Terrier is solid colored and may be red, golden, or wheaten. They have speed, power, and endurance. These dogs are neither cloddy, nor cobby, and should be built on lines of speed with a graceful, racing outline. The Irish Terrier makes an excellent companion whether he/she is a playmate, hiker, watchdog or just footwarmer. He/she is loyal to every member of the family a top-notch terrier known for the fighting spirit.
The Irish Terrier is hot-tempered, reckless and exceptionally courageous. These animated, friendly, determined, spirited and loyal dogs are affectionately called "Daredevils" by their fanciers. They play hard and are a good friend for active children, they love to play with them. Very affectionate and kind with humans, but quiet combative with other dogs and should not be trusted with non-canine pets. Bold, inquisitive and ready for action and adventure. This breeid is intelligent and trainable, but somewhat willful, can be quite a handful. Train firmly right from the beginning is needed. The Irish Terrier should be socialized well with people at an early age. They can be difficult to housebreak. This dog likes to dig, explore and chase things. They should be kept on a leash except in a safe enclosed space. This is truly a loyal and entertaining companion.
The coat is harsh and wiry. The hard double coat is easy to groom and rarely sheds. Brush regularly with a stiff bristle brush and remove the dead hair with a fine-tooth comb. Bathe only when necessary.
Kidney or bladder stones, corns on the feet, and hereditary urinary problems.
Exercise should consist of games with human contact, long walks on a leash and free run in a fenced yard.
Irish Terriers respond well to training, but require firm handling with consistent, tactful training. They tend to get into trouble if not trained.