Irish Terrier

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 5in - 1ft 8in
Weight: 25-27lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 15 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly1/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty1/5
  • Shedding Amount4/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Irish Terrier Information

Irish TerrierThis breed distinguishes itself from other terriers for a number of reasons: It is the only all-red terrier, his legs are longer than the others and he has a longer history.

Bold and dashing, the Irish Terrier has a natural athleticism and as such he requires regular exercise. The breed can be rambunctious and independent, so be sure to put the time into training. As a family pet, they are affectionate and tenderhearted.

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Breed FAQs

Can Irish Terriers be apartment dogs?

Irish Terriers aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Irish Terriers be left alone?

While Irish Terriers prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Irish Terriers good with kids?

Irish Terriers do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are Irish Terriers friendly with strangers?

Although Irish Terriers can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Irish Terriers get along with other dogs?

Expect Irish Terriers to not get along well with other dogs. Socializing this breed to other dogs may be a difficult process.

Do Irish Terriers bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Irish Terriers bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Irish Terriers shed a lot?

Irish Terriers shed quite a bit. You'll need to brush them often to limit the hair on your floors and clothing.

Do Irish Terriers need a lot of grooming?

With a Irish Terrier you won't need to dedicate any extra time to special grooming. Their coats are easy to deal with.

Do Irish Terriers need a lot of exercise?

A Irish Terrier will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Irish Terriers easy to train?

Although Irish Terriers can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can Irish Terriers handle cold weather?

Irish Terriers do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Irish Terriers handle hot weather?

Irish Terriers do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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