The Irish Terrier is from Ireland and is considered one of the oldest terrier breeds as the Dublin Dog Show in 1873 was the first to provide a separate class for Irish Terriers. By the 1880s, they were the
The Irish Terrier is coloured golden red, red wheaten, or wheaten. A small patch of white is allowed on the chest but no white must appear elsewhere. As these dogs age they do sometimes have grey hair here and there.
These dogs are very active and enjoy consistent mental and physical challenges; if they aare well-trained they may do well at a variety of dog sports, such as dog agility.
Irish terriers are full of life, but not hyperactive; it should be able to relax inside the house but be roused to full activity level quickly. They are good with people and have a highly developed sense of loyalty and it is important they they have a strong responsible leader, for whom they have natural respect. Most of them love children and tolerate rough-housing to a certain extent. They certainly do need exercise and should be daily so an owner needs to be active. Isn't this one beautiful animal?
These dogs are often dominant with other dogs and, as with any dog, poorly socialised individuals can start fights and early socialisation is a necessity. Most have strong guarding instricts and when they instricts are controlled, make excellent alarming watchdogs.
The breed's origin is not known. It is believed to have descended from the black and tan terrier-type dogs of Britain and Ireland, just like the Kerry Blue and Irish Soft-haired Wheaten Terriers in Ireland of the Welsh, zlakeland and Scottish Terriers in Great Britain. This is a 1915 Irish Terrier: