Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 18 in (46cm)
Weight: 25-27 lb (11.5-12kg)
Coat: Harsh and wiry
Color: Whole-colored, preferably red, red wheaten, or yellow-red; small amount of white on chest acceptable; white on feet or any black shading highly undesirable
|The Irish or Irish Red Terrier is reminiscent of a
small Airedale Terrier, except for its fiery coat color.
The Irish claim that this, their national terrier, is a
smaller version of the Irish Wolfhound and has been
in existence in Ireland for centuries. However, the first
official record of it did not occur until 1875. It seems
more likely that the Irish Terrier is a descendant of
wire-haired Black and Tan Terriers, whose job was to
repel vermin and hunt some 200 years ago. A study of
the very similar Welsh and Lakeland Terriers supports
this suggestion. In the case of the Irish, the blood of
a Wheaten Terrier may also have been introduced.
The attractive Irish is an expert ratter and has
been trained to the gun with success. It also makes
an affectionate pet. Its coat should be stripped two or
three times a year, and it should be groomed regularly.