Learn about the temperament and personality of the Irish Terrier. Discover what he's like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves. And look at lots of Irish Terrier photos.
The Irish Terrier has earned the nickname "Daredevil." He was originally bred to be a family pet, guard dog, and hunter -- the complete package. He is a feisty, courageous dog who will guard his home and family with determination and pluck. He is high-energy, but not hyperactive. He is remarkably loyal to his loved ones and will do whatever it takes to protect them, with no thought to his own safety. He is naturally watchful, protective, and territorial. He is often dog aggressive, especially toward dogs of the same sex (no matter the size of the other dog). But this dog is very affectionate and tender with the people he loves. He is attentive and protective with children and has infinite patience with them. He loves to play with "his kids." (Of course, no Terrier will put up with being teased by anyone.) The Irish Terrier makes it his job to love his people and will need to be with you as much as possible. He is very sensitive and will want to be made a part of whatever is happening in the family life. He is incredibly perceptive of the moods of the people around him. He is certainly not a "one-person dog." They are cautious of strangers and because of this and their innate fiery personality, early socialization is important for the Irish Terrier. This breed requires regular exercise and is not a good match for an inactive family. He enjoys long walks, jogs, and running freely in an enclosed area. This breed loves to play outdoors (unless it's raining). He excels in obedience, rally, and agility competitions. He has a high tolerance of pain and owners often do not know right away that their Irish Terrier is sick or injured. He does best in a home with a large, fenced-in yard. (But beware, the Irish can jump!) If your Irish Terrier gets away from you, it can be heartbreakingly difficult to get him back. He is intelligent and independent and moderately easy to teach. They take pride in their jobs. They also take pride in shredding paper, stealing food, reorganizing hampers, and barking at people who walk by. They certainly have a sense of humor. Irish owners swear that their dogs can smile and speak a few words. This good-tempered, spirited dog adapts quickly to new situations. He is confident, loving, and ready for life.
Irish Terrier Training
The Irish Terrier is moderately easy to train. He learns new commands at the average rate. He is neither difficult nor easy to train.
Irish Terrier Shedding
The Irish Terrier sheds practically no hair at all. You'll virtually never find a hair in your home!
Irish Terrier Grooming
Pet coat (less work): Cut his coat short every few months and then it only needs to be brushed every so often.
Show coat (more work): Strip his coat every six months and brush it daily.
Tells you how easy or difficult a breed is to train.
A higher rating means the breed is easier to train, a lower rating means the breed is harder to train.
An easy to train breed require less time and patience to train.
Tells you how intelligent a breed is in terms of how quickly it can learn commands from humans. A higher rating means the breed will learn your commands faster (and is therefore generally considered to be more intelligent), while a lower rating means the breed will learn your commands more slowly (and is therefore generally considered to be less intelligent).
Keep in mind that this is only one way to measure a dog's intelligence and a low rating might still mean the breed is highly intelligent in other ways.
Tells you how much hair the breed sheds. The higher the rating the more hair the breed sheds.
Tells you how good the breed is at being a watchdog and raising the alarm when a stranger approaches. A higher rating means the breed will bark vigorously to warn you of a stranger's presence on your property. A low rating means the breed probably won't bark much if a stranger enters your property.
Rating: Guard dog
Tells you how good the breed is at being a guard dog due to the appearance, size, and strength of the breed. A breed with a high guard dog rating will make an intruder think twice before stepping foot on your property.
Tells you how popular the breed is in terms of ownership. A higher rating means that more people own the breed. The more popular a breed is the easier it is to find and purchase one because there are more breeders breeding it.
Tells you how large or small the breed is. A lower rating means the breed is smaller and a higher rating means the breed is larger. It gives you a quick idea of how physically large or small the breed is compared with all the other breeds.
Tells you how agile the breed is. A higher rating means the breed is fast and nimble on its feet while a lower rating means the breed is heavier and slower on its feet.
Rating: Good with kids
Tells you how good the breed is with children. A higher rating means the breed is good with children. Note: all breeds are generally good with kids when they're raised with them.