The Irish Terrier stands
18 inches tall at the shoulder. He has a bearded face and a harsh, wiry
coat in solid red, or golden-red, red wheaten, or wheaten.
Loyal and devoted to
members of his family, the Irish Terrier makes a fearless watch and guard
dog as he is suspicious of strangers and territorial. Friendly, spunky,
and spirited, the Irish Terrier loves to play games. He is good with
children but not other pets. He is assertive and aggressive with other
dogs and is best in a single dog household.
As with most terriers, he will
stand his ground against other dogs, and will benefit from early training
and socialization. He is intelligent and learns quickly. An Irish
Terrier needs a confident leader who will apply firm, consistent training.
His owner must be willing to deal with an active, determined, and
sometimes obstinate breed.
As an active breed, the Irish Terrier
needs sufficient exercise and human contact. He should not be left alone
for long periods as he may bark excessively, or try to dig his way out of
his yard! A fenced yard is essential for off leash activity.