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Irish Terrier

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Size: Small / Medium

Weight: 25 - 27 lbs.

Height: 18" - 19"

Life Span: 12 - 15 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Ireland (1700s)

Also Known As: Irish Red Terrier

Group: Terrier

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting, Field Trials

Exercise Needs

Due to its hunting nature, the Irish Terrier requires vigorous exercise. This dog enjoys long walks, play sessions or runs. Irish Terriers should always be on a leash when exercising in public, because they are prone to fighting with other dogs. Irish Terriers are popular in field trials, because their energy and courage make them fierce competitors.

Grooming Needs

Brush your Irish Terrier regularly and use a comb to remove dead hair.


Reckless, courageous and energetic. Irish Terriers are the "daredevils" of the canine world, and can be perceived as a bit of a bully with other dogs and pets. Highly active and ready for a good time, this breed is great for active children who can provide hours of adventure. They are extremely loyal and protective of their humans. Irish Terriers are rather willful when it comes to training and can be difficult to housebreak. This breed is intelligent and affectionate with people if socialized during puppyhood. This breed can be a handful and is not recommended for first-time dog owners."

Compatibility with Kids

Great companions for active children. Irish Terriers will become bored and impatient with kids who would rather watch TV than go outside.


The Irish Terrier originated in the Cork region of Ireland and was developed as a watchdog and vermin hunter. It likely descended from Wheaten Terriers and Old Black-and-Tan Terriers.

Pet Facts

Due to a history of vermin hunting, Irish Terriers like to dig and chase.

Best Dog Food for Your Irish Terrier

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