What does a Irish Terrier look like? Quick facts about the Irish Terrier dog, features, characteristics and photo gallery.
Irish Terrier; a short-haired terrier often used as a guard dog. The origin of the breed is unknown, but the breed is not indigenous to Ireland. Irish terriers were first exhibited in England in 1870 and then became increasingly popular in Britain and North America, especially in the area of Boston, Mass.
Famed for its fearlessness, the Irish terrier is one of the best guard dogs in the world and has a very strong sense of property. It is a one-family dog and is gentle with people it knows. It is, however, quick to resent interference from other dogs and has acquired a deserved reputation as a fighter. This reputation has contributed to a slight decline in the breed’s popularity. On the other hand, Irish terriers develop an exceptional devotion to their owners and have been known to track them over incredible distances. Their owners usually develop an equal devotion for the dogs, and it is rare for a man who has once owned an Irish terrier, or “red devil,” to consider giving up the breed.
The Irish terrier stands about 18 inches (25 cm) tall and weighs from 25 to 27 pounds (12-13 kg). Its head is long, its skull flat and rather narrow between the ears, and its jaws muscular and exceptionally powerful. The dog has a deep, musclar chest, a level, strong back, and straight, well-boned legs. Its red, red-wheaten, or golden red coat is hard, wiry, straight, flat, and harsh to the touch.