The Irish Terrier is a loyal pet. Here is your informative A-list of Irish Terrier. The Irish Terrier is also known as Irish Red Terrier. Their nickname is Daredevil. This Irish Terrier dog breed was originated from Ireland. They were bred for hunting small game, herding sheep or guarding property. Irish Terriers were used as hunting dog, farm dog or retriever. They look similar to the Wirehaired Fox Terrier and they are one of the oldest Terrier breeds. In the late 1800s, Irish Terrier dog became popular in England. The Irish Terrier was recognized by American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885. Today, Irish Terrier is famous show dog and friendly family pet.

Facts about Irish Terrier

  • Temperament – The Irish Terrier is courageous, determined, energetic, friendly, intelligent, loyal and territorial. They are affectionate with family and they require a lot of attention from owner. Irish Terrier dogs have a strong protective instinct, they will wary of strangers. They are a good watch dog. They thrive on human companionship and do not leave them alone for long period; it will develop dog behavior problems. They can get along well with children. It is recommended to provide obedience training and early socialization for Irish Terrier puppies during early stage of puppyhood. The Irish Terrier can pick up training easily. They cannot get along well with other pets or non-canine pets. An active owner suits for this dog breed because Irish Terrier require plenty of exercise everyday.
  • Appearance – The Irish Terrier has a medium-sized body. They have a long head and flat skull which narrowing slightly towards the eyes. The long muzzle is covered with long whiskers and a beard. The Irish Terrier dog comes with a pair of dark brown small eyes and they have a pair of V-shaped ears that fold forward. The hair of ears is darker. They have a black nose. The front legs are muscular and straight. The feet are strong with well arched toes. The tail is usually carried erect. They have a double coat. The outer coat is thick and wiry. The under coat fine and soft.

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Irish Terrier Breed Information

Size Small to medium
Height 43 cm (male and female)
Weight 11-12 kg (male and female)
Colour Solid bright red, golden red, red wheaten or wheaten
Group Terrier Breed Dog
Life Span 12 – 15 years
Litter Size Average 1 – 3 puppies
Exercise Ability Daily and long walks is needed, let them run free and play around at fenced yard
Grooming Requirements Brush regularly with bristle brush. This breed is light shedder
Environment IIndoor or small fenced yard
Barking Slightly above average
Recognition CKC, APRI, DRA, UKC, NKC, AKC, ACR, FCI, KCGB, ANKC, NZKC, CET


Irish Terriers have no common health issue and they are one of the long live dog breed.

If you are interested in this dog breed, you may adopt Irish Terrier from Irish Terrier rescue or look for Irish Terrier Puppies for sale from Irish Terrier breeders.

Irish Terrier Breeders

Thomas Terriers – Irish Terrier Breeders located in State of Missouri, USA.

Redloch Kennel – Irish Terrier Breeders located in State of Texas, USA.

Irish Terrier