Non-sporting Breeds

Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier
Pedigree Points
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.
 
 
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