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Irish Terrier

Breed origin: Ireland
Original purpose: Family pet, guard dog, and hunter.

AKC recognized: 1885
AKC group: Terrier

Size: Weight: males around 27 lbs; females around 25 lbs
Size: Height: around 18 inches
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Color: Bright red, golden red, red wheaten, or wheaten.

Life span: 13 to 14 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Irish Terrier is animated, good tempered, spirited, game, and affectionate. They are very loyal and protective of their family. Because of their strong guarding instincts, they require early and consistent socialization and training.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? No

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

OK for inexperienced owners? No

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Intelligent? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility, tracking, flyball, therapy

Grooming requirement: When kept properly groomed, the weather-resistant coat sheds very little. Hand stripping is needed two to three times a year. Bathing should only be done when necessary.

Known health problems: Hyperkeratosis, hypothyroidism, cataracts.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Irish Terrier (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Bardi McLennan
Published in 2003
158 pages

Irish Terrier
By Lucy Jackson
Published in 2000
256 pages

Irish Terrier (A Complete and Reliable Handbook)
By Muriel P. Lee
Published in 1999
93 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Irish Terrier Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Irish Terrier Club of America Rescue

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