Irish Terrier Temperament and Lifespan

Posted on 28 May 2017 by Elisha Newburn

The Irish Terrier was initially designed to be a guard dog, human companion, and hunter. This breed combines different features necessary for all these roles. Thus, he is alert, spirited, good-tempered, and can easily adapt to any conditions. He's also courageous, but sometimes thoughtless, still, curious, and highly devoted to his family. Those traits sound nice, but they are not always easy to live with because this dog is independent. He can do what he wants without asking. He is also strong-willed, smart, but scrappy with other dogs, especially of the same sex. He needs mental stimulation in the form of play or training, as well as physical stimulation. He requires firm but loving methods of discipline. These dogs are not one-person dogs because they love company. They are often friendly toward unfamiliar people which makes them bad watchdogs. Irish Terriers live from 12 to 16 years.

How Much Does a Irish Terrier Cost and Price Range

The price of an Irish Terrier puppy significantly depends on the breeder from whom you are buying him. Another factor is the puppy's genetics. A dog from purebred parents, a show quality dog or are the puppy of champion parents will be much more expensive than pet puppies. Registered dogs as well as those who have their shots also have a higher price. Another thing that determines the cost of an Irish Terrier puppy is the city where you live. The season and dog availability also play a role. You can also call your local pet store. The average cost of a puppy of this breed is $1000-2000.

Irish Terrier Colors, Shedding, Full Size and Average Weight

The Irish Terrier has dense, wiry coat that grows very thickly so that is difficult to part hairs with your fingers and see the skin. The coat is short so the outline of the dog's body can be clearly seen. At the base of the outer coat you can find softer hair that is usually lighter in color. It is the undercoat. Due to such structure of the coat, the Irish Terrier is well-protected from rough weather conditions such as cold, rain and snow. The common coloring of his coat is golden red, bright red, wheaten or red wheaten. You can see a small white spot on the chest. Small puppies may have black hair which disappears during the first year of dog's life. The coat of this dog should be brushed weekly with a natural bristle brush. It must be stripped by hand several times for show Irish Terriers. These dogs shed little and are considered to be hypoallergenic. The perfect weight for males is 27 pounds, for females it is 25 pounds. Both sexes are from 18 to 20 inches tall.

Irish Terrier Breed Characteristics, Information and Facts

The Irish Terrier is not afraid of anything, that is why he was even nicknamed "Daredevil". Even though he is medium-sized, he is completely fearless. He is always on guard, and is ready to take on anything that approaches his territory or property and threatens his family. This dog is truly courageous but very loyal toward his people. The Irish Terrier needs early training and socialization. Due to his intelligence he can learn things easily, he is usually a happy worker who achieves any goals set for him.