All About the Irish Terrier
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The Irish Terrier is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 18 inches.
Weight: 27 pounds.
Females – Height: 18 inches.
Weight: 25 pounds.
Irish Terriers are commonly red, red wheaten and wheaten.
Irish Terriers have been called the daredevils of dogdom. They are bold, even brash, and they aren’t afraid of anything. They are stubborn and smart, but also very loyal and loving to their families.
Irish Terriers are a medium-energy breed with moderate exercise requirements!
They enjoy walking or jogging, as well as hunting and hiking. They must receive daily physical and mental exercise to maintain good behavior.
- Irish Terriers have a dense, wiry coat. They are a high-maintenance grooming breed and require combing once or twice a week.
- They should also be professionally clipped two to four times per year.
- They have long heads, long bodies and long legs, but short feet. Irish Terriers are known for their intense expressions.
12 to 15 years
Irish Terriers are a generally healthy breed. Their most common health concern is urolithiasis.
Irish Terriers have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.
Irish Terriers make good family pets. They are very good with children, as long as they are introduced to them at a young age. They can be aggressive toward other dogs and small household pets, however.
- Irish Terriers are one of the oldest Terrier breeds, and while they were trendy in England and America from the 1880s to the 1920s, today they are not a popular pet.
- Jack London featured Irish Terriers in his books Jerry of the Islands and Michael, Brother of Jerry. That wasn’t the breed’s only pop culture appearance: An Irish Terrier also starred in the 2007 film Firehouse Dog.
- Irish Terriers did their civic duty during World War I, serving as messengers and sentinels.