Irish Terrier Dog Breed Profile
by Luke Blaise
Irish Terrier Dog
AKC Group: Terrier Group
The Irish Terrier dog is a true Irish breed. It has a leaner body then other terriers, and a beautiful red coat. The tail is carried high over the back.
The Irish Terrier's origin has been much discussed, but there's indisputable proof that he's among the most ancient of terrier breeds. Earlier Irish Terriers came in various shades, such as black, brindle, gray and tan. It was only close to the end of the 1800's that the strong red shade becomes a fixture of the dog. In World War I the Irish terrier was utilized as a sentinel and messenger.
The Irish Terrier dog is a moderate-sized, a bit longer than taller dog. The lengthy head is flat amongst the ears and it is in great proportion to most of the body. The rough, thick looking, wiry coat lays near to the body and is available in golden red, red wheaten, solid bright, or wheaten.
It has a smoother undercoat. The dog has lengthy bearded and whiskers muzzle. Often with a small spot of white at the chest. Puppies are often born black, but later on alter colors. The best appealing weight in show situations is twenty-seven pounds for dog and twenty five pounds for bitch. The height at the shoulder must be around eighteen inches.
The Irish Terrier has excellent temper, is most loving, and definitely faithful. Forebearing and tender with those he adores, this robust, stout-hearted terrier will protect his family.
Common Health Problems
Irish Terriers are typically very healthy dogs and are not susceptible to any major genetic disorders.
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