Irish Terrier

Terrier Group

Irish Terrier puppy lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

~18 in

Weight

Females ~25 lbs, Males ~27 lbs

Life Expectancy

13-15 yrs

History

The origins of the Irish Terrier are unknown, but it is generally accepted that the breed had its start in Ireland and Britain. Theories suggest that the Irish Terrier descended from black and tan terriers of Ireland and Britain, or perhaps even from Irish Wolfhounds. Originally, Irish Terriers came in all sizes and colors, and were bred exclusively for function. They found work as ratters, hunters, family and flock guardians, and watchdogs, excelling at each. It wasn't until the late 1800's that the Irish Terrier was refined and a breed standard was developed.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Irish Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★☆☆☆☆

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★☆☆

★☆

★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★☆☆☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★☆


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Bold, courageous, loyal, and protective

As long as they are sufficiently exercised, they are low-key and relaxed at home

Will chase anything that moves with no regard to their surroundings

Independent and willful, but intelligent and learn easily if properly motivated

Great watchdogs but can become nuisance barkers if it's not addressed early