AKC PuppyFinder: Irish Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Bold, dashing, even reckless; stouthearted at work, tenderhearted at home
  • Energy Level: Very Active; They don’t call him the Daredevil for nothing
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Not Recommended
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 18 inches
  • Weight: 27 pounds (male), 25 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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The Irish Terrier is the very definition of a fiery redhead. Bold, brave and independent, he's untiring and fearless in the field. At home, he's loving and devoted to his family. Your Irish Terrier puppy needs lots of exercise to channel his natural energy. Plan on early training, at least for basic obedience. He's a quick learner and the time you put into training will help cement your bond as well. He may be a rambunctious handful, but he's a deeply devoted, affectionate handful, great with kids and tenderhearted with the family.

History & Job
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Origin: Ireland

Year Recognized: 1885

Breed History & Job Description: For hundreds of years the Irish Terrier has been a fixture of rural Ireland—the very model of an all-purpose farm dog. A tenacious ratter, of course, but a dog with this much spirit and cleverness can’t be contained by a single job description. ITs have earned their feed as watchdogs, flock and family guardians, and hunting companions on land and lake. The breed’s type as we know it was set sometime in the 1870s, and ITs joined the AKC in 1885.

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Overall Irish Terriers are a healthy breed. Hyperkeratosis (hardened, cracked footpads) is rare in North America but may be carried in dogs from European lines. A genetic test has recently been developed for this disease. Cystinuria (resulting in bladder stones) is also uncommon but there is no genetic test for Irish Terriers. Prospective owners should ask about these two diseases and get dogs from reputable breeders. As in all breeds, some Irish Terriers die early (8-12 years) from random cancers such as hemangiosarcoma, but these are not prevalent as in some other breeds.


Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:


  • No recommended health tests
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Irish Terrier Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.itca.info/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Terrier
  • 2016 Popularity: 115
  • Breed Referral Contact: Jane DiPietro - 281-554-6778
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Click here to see all Irish Terrier Rescue Groups.

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