Irish Terrier

Terrier Group

Casey and Prudence from the Diamond Irish Kennels

The  majestic, entertaining Irish Terrier.  Extremely loyal to its family and good with children.  Very protective if it senses its family is threatened.  Hot-tempered in its four-legged society: can be aggressive with other dogs, and definitely not compatible with pets other than dogs.  A happy digger that needs to be exercised.  Is OK for apartments as long as it gets plenty of exercise.  Keep close control on public walks to make sure it doesn’t get pugilistic upon meeting other dogs.  Needs to be in a controlled outside environment if off leash.  Shedding is not a big issue with the Irish Terrier.  Brush on a regular basis.

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Notes for owners
Wiry.  Seldom sheds. Minimal OK for apartment with plenty of exercise.  Not good with non-dog pets.  Can be a handful.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

Irish Terrier Club of America

ITCA Rescue Contacts

ITCA Breeder’s List



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