The Irish Terrier dog breed was once described as the “poor man’s sentinel, the farmer’s friend, and the gentleman’s favorite.”
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Irish Terrier.
The exact origin of the breed is not known, though it is one of the oldest terrier breeds. It is believed to have descended from the black and tan terrier-type dogs of the British Isles, just like the Kerry Blue and Irish Soft-haired Wheaten Terriers in Ireland or the Welsh, Lakeland and Scottish Terriers in Great Britain. What is known is that the breed was developed specifically for fox hunting and the standard was honed until the breed took on the precise size and hunting characteristics required for this sport.
2) Versatile Dogs
Their size makes them good apartment dogs, but they are adaptable and can live basically anywhere. On farms they are useful vermin catchers, in the suburbs they are lively family dogs, and in the city they will like to strut their stuff on walks about town.
Most terrier breeds are remarkably similar. The same words are used over and over -- quick to bark, quick to chase, lively, bossy, feisty, scrappy, clever, independent, stubborn, persistent, impulsive, intense.
Originally bred to actively work, the Irish Setter requires a great deal of regular exercise. They will need at least a long daily brisk walks. Providing them with a sufficient area to roam around freely off-leash is a great way to exercise this well.
The Irish Terrier is an intelligent and highly trainable breed, although owners should be able to understand that they can be willful and stubborn at times. This breed does best with firm training at the youngest age possible. Trainers should keep in mind that even though they may seem affectionate with people, they are very aggressive with other dogs and should never be trusted with small household non-canine pets.
The coat of the Irish Terrier is dense and wiry. Their quality is rich, and will have a bit like a broken appearance. Their coats come in golden red, bright red, and red wheaten, often black at birth.
The wiry and dense Irish Terrier coat is known to slightly shed. Their coats are easy to care for, with combing and brushing once or twice weekly, and trimming the coat appropriately is recommended to be done twice in a year. Bathing is done only when necessary.
8) Around Strangers
His reaction to strangers varies from polite to aloof, and even the polite ones are vigilant watchdogs. Early socialization is important for a stable, controlled temperament.
The average life expectancy of the Irish Terrier is 12 to 14 years. This is a healthy breed with few if any significant breed-related health conditions. Irish Terriers have been known to have familial footpad hyperkeratosis, melanoma, hypothyroidism and cataracts.
Irish terriers are reported to be hypo-allergenic dogs. There is no definite proof that this is true, but much anecdotal evidence exists to suggest that many people who suffer from dog allergies are not affected by the Irish terrier's coat.