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Irish Terrier (Red Wheaten, Face)
Red Wheaten, Face

Breed Information


2022: #131

2021: #124

2020: #120

2019: #119

2018: #116

2017: #114

2016: #115

2015: #113

Name Irish Terrier
Other names Irish Red Terrier, Daredevil
Origin Ireland
Breed Group Terrier (AKC:1885)(UKC)
Size Small to Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years







Height 18 inches (43 cm)
Weight 25-27 pounds (11-12 kg)


Red Wheaten


Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $2500 USD

After being one of the most popular breeds in the late 1800s it has since seen a decline in numbers and today the Irish Terrier is a relatively rare breed. The average price of an Irish Terrier pup ranges from $1,500 - $2,500 and up depending on the breeder, the area you are in, and the linage of the pups.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

The Irish Terrier will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised; a small yard will do. If given sufficient exercise, it is surprisingly well-mannered and dignified indoors.

Barking Tendencies

3 stars


Cat Friendly

2 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also shy toward other pets and shy toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

2 stars

Exercise Needs

4 stars

Since Irish Terriers were bred for active work, these dogs need plenty of regular exercise. They need at least a daily long, brisk walk, where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the human holding the lead. Do not let this terrier walk in front, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human.


4 stars

High Maintenance: The Irish Terrier is a fairly low-maintenance breed that requires regular brushing with a stiff bristled brush. A fine tooth comb should be used to remove the dead hairs after brushing. Hand-plucking of the hairs of the Irish Terrier is necessary twice a year. Excessive hair around the pads of the feet must be trimmed and the ears must be kept clean.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: YesThe proportions are not exaggerated in any way and thus eye or breathing problems are rare. Most Irish Terriers do not show signs of allergies towards foods. As they are small dogs, the breed has a very low incidence of hip dysplasia.


4 stars

Ranking: #53 Full Ranking List


4 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: A properly cared-for Irish Terrier does not shed either. The wiry coat is fairly easy to groom, pet dogs (rather than show dogs) needing stripping only once or twice a year.

Stranger Friendly

2 stars


3 stars

Moderately Easy Training: The Irish Terrier is a very willful and stubborn dog that will require a firm and consistent pack leader. The Irish Terrier is known to be quite a handful and will likely show difficulty with housebreaking. This is not the dog for the meek or passive owner.

Watchdog Ability

5 stars

Great Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family.

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Irish Terrier Puppy (Standing, Face)
Standing, Face

Irish Terrier Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Charlie Bella
02 Buddy Molly
03 Jack Lola
04 Finn Coco
05 Tucker Maya
06 Zeus Sophie
07 Beau Dixie
08 Dexter Chloe
09 Lucky Nala
10 Murphy Sasha
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Irish Terrier has a graceful, racy outline, with a moderately long body. It should not have the short back characteristic of so many of the long legged terriers. It is sturdy and strong in substance, but it is also active and lithe in movement. This is an all-round terrier that must combine speed, endurance, agility and power to perform a great variety of jobs. Its broken coat is dense and wiry, never so long as to obscure the body shape. Its expression, like its nature, is intense.

Called the daredevil of dogdom, the Irish terrier is brash, bold, assertive, playful, inquisitive, independent, strong-willed and ever ready for action and adventure. It is usually aggressive toward other dogs and small animals and tends to be reserved with strangers. It likes to chase and run and hunt and explore; it needs daily physical and mental exercise in a safe area. Given sufficient exercise, it is surprisingly well-mannered and dignified indoors. It is a loyal and entertaining companion.


The Irish Terrier is one of four terrier breeds developed in Ireland, and it may be the oldest. He was a dog of the common, used as an all around farm dog and hunter. Originally, there were black and tan and brindle, as well as red, Irish Terriers, but by the 20th Century, the breed was only red in color. The Irish Terrier was the first breed to be recognized by the English Kennel Club as a native Irish breed. During the First World War, they were used as messenger dogs during trench warfare, proving their intelligence and usefulness. The Irish Terrier was recognized by the AKC in 1885 and a United States' breed club was started in 1896. Some of the Irish Terrier's talents include: hunting, tracking, retrieving, ratter, watchdog, guarding, police work and military work.

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