Soft-haired Irish Terrier

Other names: Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Irish Soft Coated Terrier

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The soft-haired Irish Terrier is a medium-sized dog, rustic, of harmonious and proportionate construction, giving an impression of power. The gaits of the soft-haired Irish Terrier are characterized by movements well registered in the axis of the body, clear and light, with the elbows well drawn.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Ireland
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 14 kg to 16 kg From 43 cm to 46 cm
Male From 15 kg to 18 kg From 46 cm to 50 cm
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History of the breed

The soft-haired Irish Terrier was traditionally used by farmers to help them get rid of pests, but also to hunt badgers and otters . Its origins are very old, since they date from at least 2 centuries. However, the breed of the soft-haired Irish Terrier was not officially recognized by the Irish Kennel Club until 1937.

Physical features

His coat: soft, silky, of medium length (no more than 12.7 cm for an ungroomed dog), wavy or forming curls, without being bulky. The dog has no undercoat.
Its color: all the shades of wheat, ranging from light to golden tending towards red.
His head: well proportioned, rather long, of strong build but not coarse. The skull is flat and of moderate width, the stop marked, the nose black and well developed, the muzzle of the same length as the skull, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors or pincers, the zygomatic arches not prominent.
His ears: small to medium in size and carried forward.
His eyes: dark hazel in color, medium in size and not prominent.
Its body: of moderate length and approximately equal to the height at the withers, inscribing the dog in a square. The neck is strong and without dewlap, the back powerful and horizontal, the loins short and powerful, the chest high and the ribs well sprung.
Its tail: of moderate thickness, carried cheerfully, but not on the back.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The soft-haired Irish Terrier is an active , courageous , lively and self- confident dog, very affectionate , with a pleasant and balanced character. The soft-haired Irish Terrier is very loyal to its owner. He is intelligent and proves to be a good goalkeeper, without being aggressive.

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The soft-haired Irish Terrier needs to be educated with a minimum of firmness , but without seeking the balance of power. Adoring to work and to please his master, he learns easily through exercise. We will therefore focus on educational methods based on positive reinforcement .

Living conditions

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

The Soft Coated Irish Terrier is a dog capable of adapting to almost any lifestyle and family situation . He can live in the city as in the country , provided he walks enough. However, you have to be careful if you have small pets, especially rodents, because your burrow instinct can resurface.



Ease of gaining weight

The soft-haired Irish Terrier is a generally healthy dog. However, there are some predispositions to disease in this breed, which should therefore be monitored. In particular, there are risks of cataracts , dermatitis , cardiomyopathy , peripheral neuropathy or even renal dysplasia in the soft-haired Irish Terrier.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Minor concerns
Hip dysplasia
Renal dysplasia
Addison’s disease
Peripheral neuropathy
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a soft-haired Irish Terrier is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

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

The Soft Coated Irish Terrier is a dog that sheds very little coat because it does not have any undercoat and only experiences moderate shedding . Its maintenance is not particularly restrictive, but it must be ensured regularly to preserve the beauty of its silky and curly coat.

It is recommended to brush the dog twice a week . If it is intended to be exposed, it can be groomed and thus undergo 2 or 3 epilations per year. It can be washed , but only occasionally . It must in no case be shaved , as this would alter the texture of its dress.

Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a soft-haired Irish Terrier is between € 1000 and € 1200.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a soft-haired Irish Terrier is between € 450 and € 650.

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The soft-haired Irish Terrier needs a quality diet , adapted to his level of physical activity, size and age. Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The soft-haired Irish Terrier is a dog that needs 1 to 2 long outings a day to exercise. They should be able to stay active and stimulated by walks and exercises that appeal to their senses and intelligence.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(KC) The Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1957


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