Irish Terrier
Irlanda FCI 139 . Large and medium sized Terriers

Terrier Irlandés

The Irish Terrier it is a dog of pleasant appearance and endowed with an exceptional character.



Where does he come from “Irish Terrier” originally?

The “Irish Terrier”, he is a high-ranking terrier. It is often called the “Irish Red” for its distinctive reddish fur. Its roots are, as in all terriers, a little on the ground. The name Terrier is derived from the Latin “Terra” for the earth. So they were dogs for movement on land and underground.

High-ranking terriers were supposed to run with the herd on fox hunting. When a fox took refuge in its burrow, terriers had to chase him underground and get him out of the burrow, as it is called in the language of the hunters. One can imagine that the fox, after all a well fortified predator, does not voluntarily abandon its burrow. So a Irish Terrier I had to be very brave, fearless and defensive. Even today “Irish Reds” they are hunting dogs in their hearts. They are not afraid and with every fiber they strive to do their job as well as possible. We can still experience all these qualities in the Irish Terrier as a companion dog.

They have a special charm but also the challenge of these their ancestors. But red Irish was also used in many different ways at home and on the farm.. Must keep the yard free of mice and rats, protect chickens, pigeons and rabbits for the night of the martens and foxes. At last, had to watch over the farm and its inhabitants and, if necessary, protect them.

Ludwig Beckmann reported in 1895, in his two-volume work on “Dog breeds”, that already in 1847 in Ireland they had started to breed an independent terrier, the ancestor of the current Irish Terrier. At least that's what the Irish claimed, while the English for a long time dismissed this dog as a variety.

Until 1880 the color of the Irish Terrier was, in fact, still quite uneven. Only little by little did Irish breeders mark their dog with the red coat color as something special. But then it became very popular, even in England and especially in the US, where many Irish had migrated. The first special breed club for Irish Terriers was founded very soon, the 31 in March of 1879 in Dublin. It was then the first race of Irish Terrier in being officially recognized by the British Kennel Club with Ireland as the country of origin.

Physical characteristics

How is a “Irish Terrier”?

The Irish Terrier it's a medium sized terrier, high-ranking and distinctive in appearance. This starts with their reddish fur. It is built almost square. The legs lower vertically, the long tail stands tall, the neck stretches up. The head, eyes and ears underline their alert appearance. You can feel that every fiber of his muscular body is under tension. The standard tells us…

…seem active, lively, agile and energetic and have a lot of substance without showing any clumsiness, because speed and endurance as well as strength are essential for the breed. The Irish Terrier should not appear clumsy or amorphous; the contour of his body and figure must demonstrate speed, grace and fleetingness.

Their coat should be thick and lean in texture. Must be, according to technical jargon, broken or broken, namely, it should look tough and tough and, However, be extended. The head is also hairy, giving the impression of a beard. The “irish red” should be evenly red, wheat-red or yellow-red. Apart from color, the Irish Terrier reminds a bit of a small and elegant Airedale Terrier, which is also quite similar to him in character.

How tall is a “Irish Terrier”?

A Irish Terrier It has a height at the withers of about 45 centimeters weighing about 12 kg. Males are slightly larger and heavier than females.

What is the longevity of a “Irish Terrier”?

As a rule, the Irish Terriers they enjoy a long canine life of more than 12 years in top physical condition.

Character and skills

The Irish Terrier it's a power pack. It is lively, alert, concise. Always attentive, vigilant, non-aggressive, but without fear and in an emergency you are also ready to fight. It is said that the Irish Terrier he is very hard on himself and would face dangers and even his own wounds with extreme contempt. It is still used as a working dog in its home country. There he does a good job as a backyard dog, guard and hunting. In today's hunting it is mainly used for post-shooting work. The official standard describes its character very accurately:

The Irish Terrier, although determined and able to face other dogs, is remarkably loyal, kind and affectionate with people; However, when he is attacked, show the courage of a lion and fight to the bitter end. It is wrongly said that the Irish Terrier he gets into fights with other dogs easily, sometimes even in the exhibition ring. Although it does not avoid any dispute when circumstances require it, the Irish Terrier it is easy to train and it is a sociable domestic dog; still embodies the qualities that, according to previous descriptions, they had made him the “guardian of the poor, friend of farmers and beloved of distinguished gentlemen”.

The Irish Terrier he is essentially a reckless and not a lapdog. However, today it is doing very well as a pet and family dog. He is a faithful companion, vigilant, warm and loving for young and old, as long as you allow yourself and him to move. It has a big character, self-assured and never submissive, that one should respect and appreciate. In his book on Irish “Jerry the Islander”, the great writer Jack London expresses his respect for this great character in the following words: “Jerry, you are gold, pure gold, inside and outside, and no dog in the whole world can compete with you. You have a heart of gold, golden dog; be good to me and love me, and i will be good to you and i will love you now and always”.

Care and health “Irish Terrier”

The Irish Terriers they are very easy to care for. However, your coat should be professionally trimmed and should never be sheared. During clipping, three to four times a year, dead hair is professionally plucked.

Most Irish Terriers have robust health. Here and there skin diseases occur (hiperqueratosis) or metabolic diseases (cistinuria). Sometimes inbreeding is a problem.

What food is best for a “Irish Terrier”?

The Irish Terrier has no special dietary needs. High quality food is of course good for your health. Like most dogs, sometimes he likes a meaty beef bone.

Where can you buy a “irish errier”?

The best way to buy your puppy Irish Terrier is to buy it locally from a breeder registered with the FCI. You must have tested your dogs for the special risks of inherited diseases. There should also be no inbreeding, that can be estimated from the pedigree, if no name appears there twice. The breeder must have his litter well documented by photo. You should be able to see the litter together with the mother bitch, after the fix, in the place. Please, don't buy one Irish Terrier by Internet, because there is a high risk that the puppy will come from a dog vendor or breeder, normally well camouflaged.

Education and maintenance “Irish Terrier”

Keep a Irish Terrier It is not a problem. It has no demands regarding the size of the apartment. The biggest challenge is his temperament. The Irish Terriers they need challenges of a physical and mental nature.

As a companion dog they are suitable for a wide range of tasks. They are very suitable for various dog sports. The Irish Terriers are well positioned as joggers or in moderation, companions of a cyclist. Their aptitude and willingness to work represents both a challenge and an obligation for their masters, and that in any weather.

They must be used to other pets from birth, otherwise they will be seen as prey. The Irish Terriers they are very suitable as playmates for children, since they are prepared for any adventure and are robust enough to play with children. However, the house rules must be correct and the terrier must know his role in the family. On the street he tends to fight with other dogs. Due to its moderate size, his low weight and his good obedience – properly trained – is a companion without problems in all life situations.

Can be carried very well in the transport box, if you've gotten used to it from a young age. The typical Irish Terrier can be trained and educated very well. The clear announcement and the consequence are the magic words here based on a respectful and loving relationship with the master. Its undoubted leadership role must always be present, otherwise the Irishman thinks he has to handle things for himself.

Characteristics "Irish Terrier"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Irish Terrier" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

Adaptation ⓘ

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intelligence ⓘ

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Watchdog Ability ⓘ

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Images "Irish Terrier"


1 – Irish Red Terrier during dog’s show in Racibórz, Poland by
2 – Irish Terrier by Batman1000 / CC BY-SA
3 – Irish Terrier by Anne Sollerud / CC BY
4 – Irish Terrier puppy by
5 – Irish Red Terrier during dog’s show in Racibórz, Poland by
6 – Irish Red Terrier during dog’s show in Racibórz, Poland by Pleple2000 / CC BY-SA

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 3: Terriers
  • Section 3: Large and medium sized Terriers. Without working trial..


  • FCI – Terriers 1 Large and medium-sized terriers.
  • AKC – Terrier
  • ANKC – Terrier
  • CKC – Terrier
  • ​KC – Terrier
  • NZKC – Terrier
  • UKC – Terrier

FCI breed standard "Irish Terrier"

FCIFCI - Irish Terrier

Alternative names:

    1. Irish Red Terrier (English).
    2. Irish Terrier (French).
    3. Irischer Terrier (German).
    4. Brocaire rua, rish red terrier, Irish terrier (Portuguese).
    5. Irish Red Terrier, Irish terrier (Spanish).
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