The Irish Terrier has a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years.
The Irish Terrier is among the oldest terrier breeds and, as the name suggests, was developed in Ireland. The true origins of the Irish Terrier are unknown, but the breed is thought to have descended from the ancient terrier of Great Britain.
In their native Ireland, Irish Terriers were used to track down and eliminate vermin as well as guard the home and property. They were first bred not so much for looks as they were to be hard working ratters.
The Irish Terrier weighs 25 to 27 pounds and measures up to 18 inches.
The Irish Terrier has a wiry, red coat that only sheds a little. The Irish Terrier should be brushed once a week, bathed occasionally and hand stripped two to three times a year. If not being shown, the Irish Terrier can be clipped instead of trimmed, but doing so will alter the look and color of the dog’s coat.
Like all dogs, the Irish Terrier also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Irish Terrier is brave and spunky.
The Irish Terrier has the typical terrier attitude and has earned the nickname “daredevil.” The Irish Terrier is feisty and always up for an adventure. They think of themselves as much bigger dogs and display plenty of confidence.
The Irish Terrier has a sassy personality and makes for a fun-loving companion. However, the Irish Terrier is just as happy cuddling up by their owner as they are out playing a game of Frisbee. The Irish Terrier is very loving, loyal and affectionate. They adore people and are especially devoted to their family.
Like most terriers, the Irish Terrier is also a fierce protector. The Irish Terrier is generally friendly toward most people, but will take on another dog if provoked. They are bold and will go face-to-face with dogs twice their size.
The Irish Terrier is smart, but stubborn and easily bored. They respond best to short, varied training sessions that are also fun. Irish Terriers like to learn and with the right training and enough patience, they can go on to participate in obedience and agility.
As part of their training, Irish Terriers also need early socialization. They can be aggressive with other dogs, especially dogs of the same sex, if not properly trained and socialized.
The Irish Terrier is energetic and active. They need a long daily walk as well as regular time outside in a secure area to run around and play. This breed loves an adventure and will appreciate as much exercise as they can get.