|Group:||Terriers (Group 2)|
|Club:||Sporting Terrier Club of Victoria Inc (Group 2)|
|Phone:||0432 764 470|
Background “The ancestry of the Irish Terrier goes back into the mists of time. Long ago he was used by the Irish farmers as a worker, guard dog for the family and a wonderful companion. He is equally at home with children and adults. The Irish Terrier is perhaps the finest dog on earth. He does not throw away his priceless devotion and loyalty on every stranger who may chirp to him. But to the death, he is the comrade, protector, and exuberant playmate, and sympathising comforter of the human who has won his heart and respect. He is an Irish gentleman from the tips of his braced toes to the rough hatch of his crown. He is more. He has a heart three sizes too big for his shaggy body; a heart that is as white and clean as that of a knight-errant. He is no bully, but will flinch not one-hundredth of an inch from the fight that is forced on him, be the odds ever so impossible against him. There is a psychic side of the Irish Terrier too, found in almost no other dog, a tinge of the mysticism of the land of his ancestry. These very descriptive words were written by Albert Payson Terhune (USA)
Average Lifespan The Irish Terrier can live to 15 years. Owners must realise they are taking this lovely breed on for its lifetime.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament As mentioned, they are a wonderful companion, intelligent, affectionate and a great family dog. They make a good show dog although most people who purchase an Irish Terrier want them solely for their happy and fun nature. They can be trained at an early age to be an obedient dog.
Compatibility with other pets They can be equally at home with cats, birds and other dogs, although if a male he does not take kindly to other outside males on his property.
Care Requirements The Irish Terrier has a double coat - a soft undercoat and a harsh top coat. Daily brushing and a good comb will keep the coat in good condition but it does need regular stripping or clipping. If not being shown, the coat can be clipped every 5 months but if they are a show dog, regular stripping is needed to keep them looking in excellent condition. Either way, keeping the Irish Terrier looking good can be done by the breeder who normally offers after sales service. Eyes, ears and mouth should be checked every week, or each day in the case of eyes. Please also remember to give your dog their daily or monthly heartworm treatment and a booster vaccination every 12 months. The Irish Terrier is a healthy dog and does not suffer with any major problems.
Ideal Owner/s Single people, married couples, or families looking for a loving and devoted companion.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Irish Terrier and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.