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Terrier breeds: Irish Terrier
This breed was established in the 1700s. Its ancestors include the old Black and Tan, and Wheaten Terriers. It originated in County Cork, Ireland. Standardization occurred in 1879 when a breed club was established. In 1889 it was ruled that all Irish Terriers born after that date would have to have uncropped ears. It was this ruling that caused all breeds to have uncropped ears in the UK.
General descriptionHeight: 18 inches
Weight: 25-27 pounds
Color: Solid red, golden red or wheaten color.
Even when on a regular grooming schedule, these dogs need to have their legs and beard brushed with a slicker brush, and if maintained weekly, the coat will not become matted. Most find it easier to have these dogs professionally groomed every 6-8 weeks, rather than giving them the haircut they require at home. The beard is a particular trouble spot for matting with this breed due to food. The beard needs to be brushed more frequently than the rest of the body, for some dogs even daily.
This breed is prone to eye problems and diabetes.
Breed characteristics and personality
This dog can be shy, and this trait needs to be thoroughly watched for, as it can lead to fear biting. If well socialized, they can become affectionate, lovable companion dogs.
This breed is a lively ratter, hunter, and retriever.
Web linksAKC Irish Terrier page
Irish Terrier Club of America
Irish Terrier Club of Chicago
Irish Terrier Club of Southern California
Irish Terrier Club of Northern California
Irish Terrier Homepage