Routine Care: Irish Terriers love water and swimming. They are a highly energetic dog with a strong chase instinct, so she needs to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must.
Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly. Twice a year stripping or clipping is also required for her wiry double coat.
Dental: Irish Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Irish Terriers are a bold and fearless guardian, as well as a polite, gentle family companion.
Alert, curious, and busy
Sweet, playful, and friendly
Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark
Good with children
Confident and self-reliant
Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions
Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog
Territorial with larger dogs, especially of the same sex
Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices
Strong prey drive—will chase and grab things that run, including cats and children
Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam
Likes to dig
Whether you are considering adding a new Irish Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Irish Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Irish Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues an Irish Terrier could encounter:
Bladder or Kidney Stones
The Irish Terrier originated in Ireland with the earliest known images dating back to the 1700’s. They are one of the oldest terrier breeds. They were originally used as vermin hunters and versatile farm dogs. During World War I, they excelled as messengers and sentinels for the military forces. The Irish Terrier is cheerful and spirited; they are also courageous and independent. They have earned the nickname “red daredevil” and does not back down when confronted. They can be dominate and aggressive with other dogs, however, they are people-oriented and enjoys time relaxing with the family or playing with the kids.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Irish Terrier shows signs of the following:
Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine
Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
Cloudiness to eye lens
Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night
Bumping into objects, startles easily
Dragging the hind toes and hind limb weakness
General reluctance to run or play
Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain
Redness to the eyes, loss of pigment to the nose and other skin areas