The Irish Terrier, sometimes known as the Irish Red Terrier is a medium-sized dog, slightly longer than tall. It has a long head that is flat between the ears and has a highly intelligent expression. The coat is thick, with a wirey topcoat and a softer undercoat. The coat can be solid bright red, golden red, red wheaten, or wheaten. The tail is commonly docked, though this practice has been outlawed in Europe.
The Irish Terrier is believed to be the oldest Terrier with documentation in art around 1700. The contributing breeds to the development of the Irish Terrier are unknown. The Irish Terrier had several uses including hunting den animals such as otters, foxes, badgers, controlling vermin, and also being a sentinel and wartime messenger. They have also been used in police work and as a watchdog.
The Irish Terrier is intelligent, courageous, active, and loyal. They are simultaneously sweet and entertaining as daredevils. They are good for active yet respectful children. Should not be trusted with non-canine pets unless raised with them due to their hunting instincts. Easy to train.
Breed Club Links: Irish Terrier Club of America
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Customer photo of Henry Patterson of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Whitney.