Irish terrier

Other name: Irish Terrier

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The Irish Terrier is an elegant and proud dog with good musculature, with great agility, powerful, built for speed and endurance.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Ireland
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 11 kg to 11 kg From 45 cm to 45 cm
Male From 12 kg to 12 kg From 45 cm to 45 cm
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History of the breed

Irish Terrier probably corresponds to the oldest breed of terrier in Ireland . In the past, several coat colors were allowed, including black and tan and brindle. It was not until the end of the 19th century that the color red was put forward , with the gradual elimination of other colors over the selections.

The first club of the breed was founded on March 31, 1879 in Dublin . The breed is the first to be recognized by the English Kennel Club among the 1st group of Irish terriers . It was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale on January 28, 1955.

Physical features

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Irish Terrier is a lively and lively dog, endowed with good character and great courage . He knows how to be combative when necessary and to gain respect from his fellows. Despite this, he is not overly aggressive or brawler. Loyal , affectionate and courageous, he is an excellent daily companion.

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He often has a reputation for being stubborn and dispassionate . In reality, it requires, like other dogs, an education that combines firmness and gentleness . He is no less docile than the others . His intelligence and his attachment to his master facilitate his education. The socialization of the Irish Terrier must be early. He needs challenges and physical games to learn .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Irish Terrier is a dog built for activity, speed and endurance . As such, a sedentary lifestyle in a small space and with few opportunities to exercise may not suit him. Less in his element in an apartment than in a house with a large fenced garden , he can nevertheless adapt to city life if he can regularly let off steam.


Ease of gaining weight

He enjoys a fairly solid constitution and health. He does not fear much health side, except cataracts . In a very limited number of males, there is a risk of hereditary dystrophic myopathy . It is an uncommon inherited disease, causing degeneration of the muscles in which progressive fibrosis sets in.

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Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Irish Terrier dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of an Irish Terrier is, on average, between 12 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The IrishTerrier remains subject to very moderate shedding, involving very little hair loss . The maintenance of this dog is not tedious , but it should not be neglected in order to avoid infections of the skin, eyes or even ears.


It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week to maintain the cleanliness and the beautiful appearance of his coat. Its cushions, ears and eyes should be inspected after exits for any debris or external parasites .

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
€ 1,100

The purchase price of an Irish Terrier is between 1000 € and 1100 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of an Irish Terrier is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Irish Terrier needs long daily outings to ventilate and exercise. He appreciates being able to stay active and share long moments of play and exercise with his master .


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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