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Irish Terrier

Origin: Ireland

AKC Group: Terrier

Height: 18 inches (Male)

Weight: 25 - 27 pounds (Male)

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Irish Terriers are extremely playful dogs that love games. They're usually friendly with strangers but snappish with other animals. You need lots of patience to train them properly. They are smart, however, and can learn anything if you're willing to teach them.

Irish Terriers are part of the Terrier group. In general, terriers have a very distinctive personality that's unlike any other breed. They're feisty and energetic. Originally bred to hunt and kill vermin, terriers love the chase-don't let your terrier off its leash unless it's in an enclosed area.

Terriers make excellent pets. These tough little canines have an attitude, however, so they usually adapt better to quiet households. Most terriers are usually jealous and snippy around other pets, especially dogs.

While some terriers are good with children, most will snap if provoked. If you want your terrier to be friendly with strangers, you need to accustom it to people at an early age. Terriers are also barkers and diggers.

In terms of health, terriers are very hardy dogs with few health problems. Most live a long time, usually around 15 years. Terriers need to be brushed twice a week and professionally groomed about every three months. While pet terriers are usually clipped, show dogs are stripped, which means the dead hairs are plucked out one by one so the coat color doesn't fade.

Origin: 
Ireland
Male height: 
18 inches
Male weight: 
25 - 27 pounds
Coat: 
Short and wiry, with bushy eyebrows and a beard. Tail is docked; ears fold forward.
Colors: 
Usually red or golden red, sometimes wheaten. Eyes are dark, and nose is black.
Disclaimer: 
Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader's discretion.