Irish TerrierCare

The wiry coat doesn't shed much; requires regular brushing and some stripping.

The Irish Terrier is a smart, quick dog that quickly adapts to new situations. He'll guard his home and family members with determination and pluck. This breed is great with children when raised with them and is deeply loyal to his owner. Pups require firm boundaries so they will grow into respectful adults.

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.

The Irish Terrier is a large breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 16 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

coat &GROOMING

The occasional bath will also help this breed keep clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

coat length Medium
grooming Occasional Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

Failing this, they require walking—always on a leash—several times a day to maintain mental and physical fitness. Basic obedience training is a requisite to raising a dog that will be a welcome member of your household comfortable with family and friends. Training quickly establishes a bond between you and your Irish that will last a lifetime. Obedience training with your new Irish youngster can include basic level (come, sit, stay, down) aimed at developing a well-mannered companion or advance to competition level. Regardless of the level of obedience you and your Irish attain, consistent use and reinforcement of early training should be a lifelong process. The Irish Terrier is a smart, quick dog that quickly adapts to new situations. He'll guard his home and family members with determination and pluck. This breed is great with children when raised with them and is deeply loyal to his owner. Pups require firm boundaries so they will grow into respectful adults.

energy level Some Exercise

Irish Terrier &HEALTH

Overall Irish Terriers are a healthy breed. Hyperkeratosis (hardened, cracked footpads) is rare in North America but may be carried in dogs from European lines. A genetic test has recently been developed for this disease. Cystinuria (resulting in bladder stones) is also uncommon but there is no genetic test for Irish Terriers. Prospective owners should ask about these two diseases and get dogs from reputable breeders. As in all breeds, some Irish Terriers die early (8-12 years) from random cancers such as hemangiosarcoma, but these are not prevalent as in some other breeds.

Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Irish Terrier can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.