Irish Terrier

History/Evolution:

Though the Irish Terrier’s origins are uncertain, clues have led some to believe that the old Black and Tan Terrier and the Irish Wolfhound may have contributed to this long-legged Irish breed. Black and tan, gray, and brindle were once common colors, but the solid red became standard in the late 1800s. A bold, courageous, and intelligent breed, the Irish Terrier was used as a messenger and sentinel during World War I. The breed is uncommon today.



Size:

Medium; 18 to 20 inches, 25 to 27 pounds.

Color:

Shades of red or wheaten.

Temperament:

Assertive, brash, playful, independent; Affectionate, loyal, protective of family; usually good with children but reserved with strangers. Aggressive toward other animals.

Energy level:

High outdoors but calm indoors.

Best owner:

Active owner in a suburban or rural home.

Needs:

Daily mental and physical exercise (hiking, hunting, agility); leash; fenced yard; early, firm, and obedience training; twice weekly combing plus shaping twice a year.

Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.