Irish Terrier Dog Breed Information - All About Dogs

Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier



The Irish Terrier was bred in the 18th century in Ireland, and he is one of the oldest species belonging to the family of terriers. Skilled, active and compactly-built, these dogs are exquisite hunters and popular military dogs. Even though Irish aristocrats and not too fond of them, these terriers are good working dogs, defenders, and faithful companions. The Irish Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885.

Height: 18-20 inches  Weight: 25-27 pounds  Lifespan: 12-16 years


The Irish Terrier is a medium-sized and well-balanced dog. He is graceful, agile, and has a proud and majestic posture. Dogs of this breed are real daredevils. Irish Terriers have considerable strength, they are very brave and willing to oppose to any opponent. Comparable Breed: Airedale Terrier.


Bold, reckless, and energetic, the Irish Terrier is very clever and quick-tempered. This dog is loyal, faithful and very affectionate. Irish Terriers are quite playful and are best suited for older people. They tend to behave aggressively toward other dogs and cannot find a common language with smaller pets. Nevertheless, these brave dogs are always ready to defend their family, home or territory. Indeed, they make excellent guard dogs. The Irish Terrier is not recommended for inexperienced dog breeder or for people who lead a sedentary lifestyle.

Coat / Care:

The Irish Terrier’s coat consists of two layers. The outer layer is rough, dense, tight to the dog’s body and has a wire-like structure. The inner layer has a fine and soft structure. The coat is colored in wheat, red-wheat, light red, and golden-red. Shedding is minimal. The Irish Terrier needs regular brushing with a stiff brush, which will remove the excess hair. Bathe your dog only when necessary, otherwise, you can damage the protective properties of the hair.

Irish Terrier

Health Problems:

The Irish Terrier is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Hypothyroidism, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia and von Willebrand’s disease. The Irish Terrier has a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years.

Weight / Height

The male Irish Terrier dog breed’s height is around 19 – 20 inches and weighs around 26 and 27 pounds. Female Irish Terrier dogs can reach a size from 18 – 19 inches and weighs between 25 and 26 pounds.


The Irish Terrier has a relatively high level of intelligence, but can be uncooperative and not indifferent to obedience rules. It is recommended to initially keep the dog in a special box. Intensive early socialization and obedience course are extremely important for dog of this breed. Do not use harsh or heavy-handed methods. On the contrary, the Irish Terrier will respond to firmness, fairness, consistency, and respect. Irish Terriers stand out in hunting, tracking, protection, as well as in police and military work.


This is a very active breed that needs constant training and exercise. The Irish Terrier is very fond of all sorts of family activities, walking on a leash and playing games in the well-fenced area. Do not leave your dog alone for long period of time, as they will feel lonely and behave destructively. Dogs of this breed are suited for living in a city apartment if you provide the necessary level of physical activity though.

Irish Terrier

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