Known as the Irish Red Terrier in the past, the Irish Terrier was of great value to Irish farmers for their expertise in ratting. Though confused with the old Scotch terrier, the distinctions were soon recognized and accepted. While the Irish Terrier was mainly a ratter, it also doubled up as a retriever, a versatility that made it stand out. During the First World War, the breed was used extensively as messenger dogs as they were totally fearless. Nicknamed “daredevil” for its reckless and cocksure attitude, the Irish Terrier soon became a great companion dog to families with kids.
The Irish Terrier has a long head with the flat skull, narrowing between the eyes and ears. The breed has a powerful appearance; rectangular profile; docked or natural tail as allowed in a country; small, folded ears, set above skull level and are darker that rest of the coat; long whiskers; bearded muzzle; black nose; long, straight and muscular front legs; rough and wiry topcoat–these are some of its physical characteristics.
bright red, golden red, red wheaten, wheaten often black hair at birth
An animated, lively and reckless breed, the Irish Terrier can be pretty hot-tempered. While the dog is great with kids, as it playful and active, and also loving to its adult owners, it can be quite intolerant of other canine pets, and doesn’t need much to get into a fight with them. It also cannot be trusted with non-canine pets. The breed is intelligent and can be quickly trained. However, it needs early training or it can become quite willful. Loyal, inquisitive, and entertaining are other qualities of the Irish Terrier.
The Irish Terrier is a healthy dog with a long life expectancy. It does not suffer from any serious health problems.
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