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Irish Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Irish Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginIreland
Other Names
What other names does the Irish Terrier have? The dog breed also known as...
Irish Red Terrier, Daredevil
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Irish Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group
Is Irish Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers section.
Price
How much does the Irish Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Irish Terrier price:
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Irish Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Irish Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Irish Terrier gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Irish Terrier size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Irish Terrier weigh? Irish Terrier weight:
25-27 pounds (11-12 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Irish Terrier? Irish Terrier average weight:
26 pounds (11.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Irish Terrier? Irish Terrier height:
18 inches (43 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Irish Terrier average height:
18 inches (43 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Irish Terrier have? What does this canine coat look like?
StraightWiry
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Irish Terrier's coat?
RedWheaten
Grooming
How to groom the Irish Terrier and how often?
Advanced: The Irish Terrier requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Irish Terrier a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Irish Terrier, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Irish Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Irish Red Terrier? Irish Terrier shedding level:
Irish Terriers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Irish Terrier dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Irish Terrier have? What characteristics does the breed have?
DominantLivelyRespectfulIntelligentProtectiveTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Irish Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Average: Irish Terrier's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Irish Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Irish Terriers are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Irish Terrier is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Irish Terrier sensitivity:
Irish Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Irish Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Irish Red Terrier need? Irish Terrier social needs:
Irish Terriers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Irish Terrier dogs bark a lot? Why does my Daredevil bark?
Average: The Irish Terrier barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Irish Terrier good as a watchdog?
Irish Terriers are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Irish Terrier dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Irish Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Irish Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Irish Terrier can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Irish Terrier will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Irish Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Irish Red Terrier? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Irish Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Irish Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Irish Terrier do?
Irish Terriers have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Irish Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Irish Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Irish Terrier roam?
Irish Terriers have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Irish Terrier have high prey drive?
Irish Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Irish Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Irish Terriers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Irish Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Irish Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Irish Terrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Irish Terriers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Irish Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Irish Terrier and children:
Irish Terriers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Irish Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Irish Terriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Irish Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Irish Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Irish Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Irish Terrier is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Irish Terriers good office dogs? Do Irish Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Irish Terriers be office dogs?
No
Irish Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Irish Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Irish Red Terrier temperament with senior people? Are Irish Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Irish Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Irish Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Irish Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Irish Terriers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Irish Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Irish Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Irish Terrier be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Irish Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Irish Terrier be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Irish Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Irish Terrier be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Irish Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Irish Terrier be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Irish Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Irish Terrier be a boat dog?
Not really
Irish Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Irish Terrier be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Irish Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Irish Terrier dogs have health problems?
Irish Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Irish Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Irish Terrier be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Irish Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Irish Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Irish Terrier have?
Irish Terriers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Irish Terrier dogs require per day?
Irish Terriers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Irish Terriers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Irish Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Irish Terrier risk for obesity:
Average. The Irish Terrier has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Irish Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Irish Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Irish Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Irish Terrier drool?
The Irish Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Irish Terrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Irish Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Irish Terrier pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Irish Terrier pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Irish Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Irish Terrier have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Irish Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Irish Terrier

Pros
  • Hypoallergenic: Irish Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Irish Terriers shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Irish Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Irish Terriers are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Irish Terriers have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Irish Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Irish Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Irish Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Irish Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Irish Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Irish Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Irish Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Irish Terriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Irish Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Irish Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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  • Finnegan

    Feb 23, 2021, 1:32:33 AM:

    Good Boy