meet theIrish Terrier


Training &Temperament

Irish Terrier fans speak with awe of their dog’s “fire and animation.” The heedless courage of ITs (“with utter contempt for danger or hurt,” the breed standard says) is legendary. But there’s another side of their complex character: ITs are utterly devoted to humankind and sweetly affectionate in those tender moments after the day’s work is done. They’re especially fond of kids. ITs are independent and rambunctious (this is a whole lot of terrier), so early socialization and training—and lots of exercise—are crucial.

  • Children


    80% agree

  • Other Pets



  • Training


    93% agree

  • Time Alone


    62% agree

Did You Know?

In World War I the Irish Terrier was used as a messenger and sentinel.

The Irish terrier is the raciest member of the terrier group, with a longer body and longer legs than the other terriers.

Early Irish terriers came in a variety of colors, including black and tan, gray and bridle; only near the end of the 19th century did the solid red color become a fixture of the breed.

The Irish Terrier is one of the oldest of the terrier breeds.

First record of the Irish Terrier being shown as a recognized breed dates back to 1875 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Irish Terrier has the distinction of being the only all-red terrier.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Red 140
Red Wheaten 156
Wheaten 224


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code