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Other Names: Irish Red Terrier
Height: 18 - 19 inches
Weight: 25 - 27 lbs.
Colors: Whole-colored, preferably red, red wheaten, or yellow-red; small amount of white on chest acceptable; white on feet or any black shading highly undesirable.
Coat: Harsh and wiry.
Temperament: Determined, friendly
With Children: Yes, loves to play with children.
With Pets: Yes, but will not stand for other pets to dominate him.
Special Skills: Hunting dog, watchdog and family pet.
Watch-dog: Very High
Care and Exercise: Regular brushing and combing will keep his coat in top notch condition. The more he is groomed, the more beautiful the coat will be. Hand strip the coat twice a year. This will maintain the texture and color of his coat. Bathe only when necessary. Check ears, teeth and nails regularly. Exercise should consist of games with human contact, long walks on a leash and free run in a fenced yard.
Training: Responds well to training, but require firm handling with consistent, tactful training.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - High
Activity: Indoors - Medium, Outdoors - High
Living Environment: Apartment is adequate if sufficient exercise is given. Should not be left alone for long periods of time as he may bark incessantly or try to dig his way out of the yard. An owner of an Irish Terrier needs to be a confident leader who is willing to train this active breed who is both obstinate and sensitive.
Health Issues: Kidney or bladder stones, corns on the feet, hereditary urinary problems.
Life Span: 13 - 16 Years
Litter Size: 4 - 6
Country of Origin: Ireland
History: He is possible the oldest of the terrier breeds to have come from Ireland. Not much has been documented of his past, but he was used as a working farm dog and guard dog in Ireland for centuries. During World War I, the Irish Terrier was used as a messenger dog in the trenches and acquired a reputation for being fearless and intelligent.
First Registered by the AKC: 1885
AKC Group: Terrier Group