Breed Organization Irish Terrier Club of America Website:
http://www.itca.info Native Country Ireland Other Names Irish Red Terrier, Red Devil, Daredevil Life Expectancy Approximately 13-16 Years Litter Size Average 4-6 Puppies Breed Group AKC Terrier
Breed Appearance They are small to medium sized dogs, once
ranging greatly in size and appearance, but now a consistent square
looking, bushy-bearded breed. They have short, small drop ears, and
fiery brown eyes. They have ruffling in their fur on their legs and
a small beard. They come in red to wheaten red colors. Irish
Terriers make excellent companions whether they are playmates,
hikers, watchdogs or just footwarmers. Despite their size, their
guarding abilities are high. They are fierce to other dogs and
threatening beings, and were once used for fighting, giving them the
spirit they have today. They have been described to have “heedless,
reckless pluck”, which contributed to their nickname of “Daredevil”.
Irish Terriers, fierce as they are to mice, are affectionate and
good tempered with people. Loyal to every member of the family,
these Daredevils are a top-notch terrier known for their fighting
Breed Description Head: Long. Flat, fairly narrow skull.
Stop hardly visible. Strong jaws. Close, well-fitting lips. Ears: Small, v-shaped, falling forward along the cheeks. Eyes: Small. Dark color. Body: Neither too long nor too short. No dewlap on neck. Deep,
muscular chest. Muscular, very slightly arched loin. Strong,
straight back Tail: Set on fairly high. Carried gaily but not over the back
or curled. Typically docked to three-quarters its normal length. Hair: Dense, very compact, wiry, with broken appearance but
still lying close to the body. Must not be curly or form tufts. Hair
on the face is short (0.6 cm). The only long hair that is acceptable
is a slight beard. Coat: Whole-colored. Preferred colors are bright red, red
wheaten, and golden red. White markings on the forechest and feet
are permissible. Size: Approx. 45 cm (18 in). Weight: Dog: 12.2 kg (27 lb).Bitch: 11.4 kg (25 lb).
History This terrier is thought to have existed in
Ireland for centuries, but its origins have been obscured by time.
The Irish Terrier could be descended from the old breed of
wire-haired black and tan terrier and a larger variety of the
Wheaten Terrier, which is said to have lived in the county of Cork.
This breed's modern type was fixed in 1875. Before type was fixed,
the breed's coloring could be red, black and tan, or even brindle.
An Irish Terrier club was formed in 1879, and the first standard for
the breed was established in 1880. During World War I, the Irish
Terrier served side-by-side with English soldiers.
Behavior This robust, fast dog has great endurance and
plenty of spirit. He is independent, combative, and stubborn. The
Irish Terrier is affectionate, cheerful, and devoted to his owner,
making him a good pet. This hunting dog, at home on land and in the
water, is used to hunt hare, vermin, and otter. As a guard dog he
can be ferocious if attacked and will fight to the death. The Irish
Terrier is aggressive with other dogs. Firm but gentle training is
Health This is a very healthy breed and is not prone
to any major hereditary disorders.
Advice This dog can adapt to life as a house dog, but
he requires considerable space and exercise. Brushing once or twice
per week is required. This breed should be groomed two times per
Function Hunting Dog (shooting and with hounds), Guard