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The Irish Terrier had been established in his native country and elsewhere and truly bred long before entering the show ring. His origin has been much debated, but there is indisputable evidence that he is one of the oldest of the terrier breeds. In his beautiful red jacket, alert and trim, his piercing eyes reflecting a rare intelligence, he is a gallant picture of authentic terrier type and character.

The first record of an Irish Terrier being shown as a recognized breed dates back to 1875 when a class was held for it at a show in Glasgow In 1879, Champion "Erin" and "Killney Boy" appeared. They were bred and their progeny included a remarkable number of champions, establishing their place in Irish Terrier history as the "mother and father" of the breed. In the 1880's, the Irish Terrier was the fourth most popular breed in England.

The Irish Terrier's popularity quickly extended to the United States. Westminster held its first class for the breed in 1881; the Irish Terrier Club of America was founded in 1896, adopting the British standard for the breed; and by 1929 the breed ranked 13th among the 79 then recognized by the AKC.

The Irish Terrier is an incomparable pal, and the loyal, unyielding protector of those he loves. None is hardier or more adaptable. He is equally at home on the country estate, in the city apartment, or in camp; he thrives in the northland or in the tropics. He is the interested playmate and protector of children, eager to join in their fun and frolic. In their service, as in his master's, he challenges whatever may menace. He is a born guardsman.

The Irish Terrier is an accomplished sportsman. In this country he will catch and kill woodchucks and other small game, and rates with any dog in hunting rabbits. He is death on vermin. A natural water dog, and not apt to be gun-shy, he may be trained to retrieve in water as well as on land. Indeed, the Irish Terrier has many of the sporting gifts and talents of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, the Beagle, and the Spaniel. He has hunted big game successfully in the far north and in the tropics.

As a show dog, the Irish Terrier's style and deportment are peculiarly his own. In competition he is an impressive picture of intrepid terrier character. He has been styled "the D'Artagnan of the show ring."





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