Irish Terrier

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Breed Group: Terrier
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Originating in Ireland during the 1700s, the Irish Terrier is one of the oldest Terrier breeds. An adept hunter and exterminator of den animals, this breed also served as a wartime messenger and retriever. They were never favored by aristocracy, but were extremely valuable to the Irish farmer for their work ethic, guarding abilities, and companionship.
The Irish Terrier is medium in size and well balanced. They are graceful, active, and have a proud and majestic appearance. This breed is often referred to as a daredevil. Irish Terriers have great strength and courage will heedlessly fight any foe.
A bold, reckless, and spirited breed, the Irish Terrier is also adventurous and hot-tempered. They are loyal, devoted, and affectionate to their family. This breed is very playful and is best suited for homes with older considerate children. Irish Terriers are combative with other dogs and do not do well with other household pets. They are extremely protective of their family, home, and territory and make excellent guard dogs. The Irish Terrier is not recommended for the novice, sedentary, or inexperienced dog owner.
The Irish Terrier requires regular brushing with a stiff bristle brush to minimize shedding and remove dead hair. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary using a mild shampoo to preserve the integrity of the coat. The Irish Terrier is a relatively healthy breed although some are prone to hypothyroid conditions.
The Irish Terrier is a double coat breed. The outer coat is wiry and dense, fits closely to the body, and has a broken appearance. The under coat is fine and soft in texture. The color of the coat comes in solid wheaten, red wheaten, bright red, and golden red. This breed sheds little to no hair.
The Irish Terrier is quite intelligent but may be willful and difficult to housebreak. The crate training method is recommended. Intense early socialization and obedience are crucial for this breed. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training the Irish Terrier must be done with firmness, fairness, consistency, respect, and commitment. They excel in hunting, retrieving, guarding and tracking as well as police and military work.
This breed is highly active and needs regular exercise. They thrive on family play sessions, securely leashed walks, and romping and running in a safely enclosed space. The Irish Terrier does not do well if left alone indoors or outdoors for an extended period of time. Without adequate stimulation and attention they become lonely, bored, and will become destructive. The Irish Terrier will do okay in an apartment dwelling provided they are given sufficient exercise.
Male: 27; Female: 25 lbs
18 inches
red, golden red, red wheaten, or wheaten
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Irish Terrier puppies cost?

The cost to buy an Irish Terrier varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Irish Terrier puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Irish Terriers sold is $0.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for an Irish Terrier with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $0 upwards to $0 or even more for an Irish Terrier with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Irish Terriers sold is $0.

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Annual cost of owning an Irish Terrier puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining an Irish Terriers true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Irish Terrier Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 0 Irish Terrier dogs.
  • 1. Babe
  • 2. Brenda
  • 3. Billy Jean
  • 4. Hooley
  • 5. Irish Kelly
  • 6. Penny
  • 7. Cassidy
  • 8. Rachael
  • 9. Sicily
  • 10. Constantine
  • 11. Dakota
  • 12. Evan
  • 13. Fergus
  • 14. Flirt
  • 15. Irish Boy
  • 16. Jericho
  • 17. Molly
  • 18. Nellie
  • 19. Paddy
  • 20. Rowan's Boy

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Location: Springfield, Missouri
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Breeding the original old time Irish Terriers for working, hunting and show. Most of our dogs are from direct Irish imports sired by Irish and International Champions. Great dispositions with intelligence and soundness.

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Anonymous asked:
Is the disease ITP common in Irish Terriers? Ours had to be put down at 8 1/2 years. Love the breed.

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First off, I am sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose a beloved pet. ITP is a horrible disease as it can be often fatal but also because there is not a lot known about it. ITP is more prevalent in middle-aged female dogs, but there are no breeds that are known for this illness to be common. The Irish Terrier only has 4 common enough health problems that a DNA test or other health test can be done on them to ensure they do not carry the gene on to their puppies. This includes Hereditary Footpad Hyperkeratosis (HFH), Degenerative Myleopathy (DM), Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy and Hip Dysplasia.

Anonymous asked:
We have a male Pug who lives like a king, would it be better to have a female Irish Terrier? Would the breed get on well together? Thank you

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Pugs tend to be really good with other dogs as long as they are well socialized. What I would suggest is that you should bring your dog to the breeders home and let your dog meet each puppy one by one and see which puppy your dog gets along with the best. However, if your breeder is far away and you are planning to ship or import your puppy; I would suggest getting an opposite gender puppy from your dog, so a female Irish Terrier would be the right choice. The Irish Terrier is higher energy than your Pug, so just make sure your Pug has a safe place to go that is all his when he needs to get away from the puppy energy.

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How big do they get, how much money do they cost, how much grooming do they require?

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The Irish Terrier averages 18 inches at the shoulder and ranges between 23 - 28 lbs. The average cost of a puppy is between $700.00 - $1000.00 per puppy. The Irish Terrier needs to be groomed by a professional groomer an average of 2 - 4 times a year depending on the dog. A pet-dog should have his/her coat stripped twice a year by a groomer who knows the Irish Terrier standards. Regular brushing will make sure the Irish Terriers fur keeps its water resistant properties and all-over wiry look.

Anonymous asked:
Has anyone ever had their Irish die at the age of 5 1/2 from a fast moving brain tumor or is this a rare occurrence?



We lost our Irish at the age of 11 1/2 from exactly that same diagnosis.


I lost my Irish from a believed head tumour as well. She was almost 9.


I had an Irish mix that had a nasal tumor at 6.5 years.


My Irish was just put down yesterday due to a heart cancer (sarcoma) 11 1/2. Best dog ever & I've been blessed to have some really good ones.


My Irish male died at the age of 9 from a heart attack. Wonderful dog. I have a female now. She is complete entertainment and so smart.


Had my Irish Terrier for 10 yrs had diabetes after 5yrs true to the breed caught every varmit with exception of badger.


I lost my first Irish to Addison's complications at 7 1/2 years... but my second has been happy and healthy and pray she stays that way, now 4 1/2 yrs... I'll never have any other breed. Fast at training, very loving and sweet.

Anonymous asked:
How long do Irish Terriers live up to? What is their life expectancy?



Irish Terriers can live up to 14 - 15 years.


My Irish Terrier can still see, hear, and walk short distances in the neighborhood at 15.5 years. The love of my life.


Our first three Irish Terriers all livedto be 17 years of age.

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Updated: 5/28/2022