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Irish Terrier

Group (AKC):

Terrier Group

Country of OriginIreland
Type of coatHarsh and wiry.
GroomingRegular brushing and combing will keep his coat in top notch condition. The more he is groomed, the more beautiful the coat will be. Hand strip the coat twice a year. This will maintain the texture and color of his coat. Bathe only when necessary. Check ears, teeth and nails regularly.
Average height18 - 19 inches
Average weight25 - 27 lbs.
Activity levelIndoors - Medium, Outdoors - High
WatchdogVery High
IntelligenceHigh, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - High
TrainabilityResponds well to training, but require firm handling with consistent, tactful training.
Compatibility with childrenYes, loves to play with children.
CharacterDetermined, friendly
Ideal home environmentApartment is adequate if sufficient exercise is given. Should not be left alone for long periods of time as he may bark incessantly or try to dig his way out of the yard. This sounds kind of amusing for some reason.
Ideal ownerAn owner of an Irish Terrier needs to be a confident leader who is willing to train this active breed who is both obstinate and sensitive.
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Additional notes:

The Irish Terrier or Irish Red Terrier is sturdy, strong in substance and bone structure, and free from clumsiness. Speed, power, and endurance are abundant. It is built on lines of speed with a graceful, racing outline. It makes an excellent companion as a playmate, hiker, watchdog, or even a footwarmer. Loyal to every member of the family, it is a top-notch terrier but is known for its fighting spirit.

Short History:

This is possibly the oldest of the terrier breeds to have come from Ireland. Not much has been documented of its past, but it was used as a working farm dog and guard dog in Ireland for centuries. During World War I, the Irish Terrier was used as a messenger dog in the trenches and acquired a reputation for being fearless and intelligent.

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