A lively, brave, loyal, borderline reckless breed, the Irish Terrier can be a bit of a handful if their owner does not exude dominance. They are loving to their families, and are good with active kids. This breed requires plenty of exercise, as well as a healthy amount of socialization when they are young. They are easy to train, outside of housebreaking, but require a firm hand when doing so. They should be kept on the leash whenever they are not in a fenced area..