Irish Terriers


Irish Terriers

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The Irish Terrier was developed in southern Ireland around the area of Cork as a working farm and guard dog. He is probably descended from the Old Black-and-Tan Terrier and the Wheaten Terrier. Squarely built, he resembles the Fox Terrier but is taller and racier. First shown as a recognized breed in Glasgow in 1875, he was the fourth most popular breed in England by the 1880s. He was first shown at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1881. In World War I, he was used as a messenger and sentinel dog.
The Irish Terrier is primarily a companion dog. He is equally at home on a country estate or in a city apartment. He is good tempered, affectionate and very loyal to his master. He also has excellent hunting ability. He is a superb water dog and vermin killer. An active breed, he needs plenty of exercise.
The Irish Terrier's skull is rectangular. It is flat and rather narrow between the ears. It is free of wrinkles. There is very little drop off (stop) between the skull and muzzle. The jaws are strong and muscular. The ears are v-shaped, set high and have a high fold before dropping to the cheek. The eyes are small and dark. The jaw is long, strong and powerful. The nose is black. The neck is long and muscular. The legs are straight and moderately long. Pasterns are short and straight. The back is straight with a slight arch at the loin. The tail is set high and carried vertically. It is docked. The coat is a double coat with a fine, soft undercoat and a wiry, dense outercoat. Coat color includes any solid color from light red to wheaten. On the chin, the coat forms a small neat beard. The Irish Terrier stands eighteen inches at the withers and weighs approximately twenty five pounds.



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