Colour: Red, red/wheaten, or yellow/red
Lifespan: 13 years
reckless • affectionate • courageous • devoted • good-tempered
Similar in appearance to Airedales but smaller, Irish Terriers are good-natured with their owners and, usually, strangers. Feisty and easily aroused, they are reactive and problematic around other dogs and need plenty of early socialization to remain tolerant.
Originally bred to hunt and kill rats and rabbits.
The Irish Terrier is fast and curious, with a hard bite.
High. Needs plenty of exercise in a safe environment.
owners affectionate, loyal
children good if raised with them
other pets may kill small pets, may injure cats unless raised with them
unfamiliar dogs very problematic and aggressive. Needs adequate, early and continued socialization
Experienced, strong-willed active owner who has the time and knowledge to adequately socialize these dogs as puppies and provide games and safe exercise when they are older.
Tends to be aggressive to other dogs and strangers.
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