Irish Terrier

Medium Size

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

The Irish Terrier is famed for its stunning red coat – but in the early days of dog shows in the late 1800s, the breed came in all sorts of colours!

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

Someone that will enjoy the feisty, spirited antics of a confident, loving terrier. They can be a handful, so early and ongoing socialisation and training are a must.

Not the best for ...

Someone that likes a quiet life. The Irish Terrier is bold and vocal!

Aliases

Irish Red Terrier

Cross between

None

Origin

Ireland

Size

Medium
Average size - could pick up if you had to in an emergency

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.

Coat

Spikey
If not hand stripped will go fluffy. If you don't pluck their fur in the old fashioned way they transform from spikey to soft.

Shedding

Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

15 years

Good first dog?

No

HOW IT WORKS

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