Irish Terriers are confident self sufficient and strong will powered dogs. They are borne to take risks; their nature is active and adventurous. They are extreme aggressive to dogs, other animals and to strangers, the instinct of dominance is so strong; they never allow other dogs to interfere in any way. A little restless in nature, they keep exploring, hunting, chasing and running around. It needs a wide area to exercise its activities. Surprisingly, it behaves well-mannered and dignified indoors. It is loyal to owner and somehow entertaining friend.
Irish Terrier is a strong structured, well powered long body dog with long legs. It has solid body stuff, but quick reactive, alert and flexible in movement. It has all capabilities of an all-rounder terrier including rapid speed, mobility, stamina and power to perform multiple jobs. Its gait is elegant with wiry dense coat. Its natural look is extremely forceful.
The Irish terrier breed is one of the oldest breed of Terrier group, and extends to two thousand years back. History has painting evidence of this breed in the era of 1700s. The soul breed is not known but originally the current Irish terrier is found in Country Cork, Ireland. This breed was used to hunt sheltered animals in den like rats and otters. A further use was a war time messenger. The AKC had recognized the Irish terrier in 1885. A breed club for this terrier in USA was started in 1896. Irish terrier can be employed as track, hunt, point, retrieving, watchdog, guardian, police and military detector and sniffer dog.
The Irish terriers are playful and active dogs, they get involved in mental and physical activities. They accept challenges naturally and can perform well enough in dog sports. The Irish terriers have a full healthy and active life, they are quick reactive but no chance of hyperactive. They take decisions and can manage their work and rest simultaneously. They prefer stay at home while in rest and at field when on job.
They behave well with people but after housetrain. They respect the master as a responsible leader and obey him in a way to prove themselves well mannered and socialized. Most Irish Terriers love children and treat gently and tolerate rough-housing to a certain level. Irish terriers need regular exercise; do not adopt them if you are not ready for walk with them. They have positive response towards training and love to learn new thing. They are ever ready for new tasks. They enjoy sports with increased stamina. They respond best to reliable, reward based training from a relaxed, convincing person. Violation should never be used during training to any breed of the dog, especially this terrier will not accept the violence and you could not develop the habits you want to introduce in them. A well experienced dog trainer is necessary to train this breed. Training is to be started from their puppy age and should be well managed for both physical and mental growth to produce the useful terrier.
Irish Terriers do not accept dominance from other dogs. Early socialization is necessary to avoid puppies from fighting to other breeds. Most have strong guarding nature and would prove as excellent watchdogs.
Owner Should Know
The Irish terriers are violent against other dogs and will engage in fight and will never give up the battle until the surrender by the victim.
Irish Terriers can be immovable and firm in their decision.
Fencing is not enough as these terriers can dig across the fence. Keep it leashed when leaving un-attendant.
Irish Terries can indulge excessive barking.
Irish Terriers must have planned activities to burn their energies.
The Irish terriers are challenging in nature and need both mental and physical activities to stimulate their satisfaction.
These can be trained to an adequate level of obedience to suite in military and police applications.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.