The Irish Terrier from their humble beginnings as the Irish Farmers workmate to the horrors in the trenches of World War I and their near extinction to our companions of today, this is a breed of dog that will instantly capture your heart and their lifelong adoration.
A breed that thinks every child is a leprechaun and greets every day as a new adventure. From the coal black nose to the tip of their red tail they personify playfulness, but to look an Irish Terrier in the eye is to experience the depth of their devotion.
As a companion and playmate there is no better. "Come play with me for I am the god of joy and laughter your troubles will be lessened, watch me and you will happy again." As a confidante they offer the sanctity of the confessional.
The Irish Terrier is not for everyone but those who are lucky enough to have one in their life have experienced true friendship, devotion and laughter.
From an upcoming book by Bernie Ferry
The AKC Standard says, "There is a heedless, reckless pluck about the Irish Terrier which ...coupled with the headlong dash, blind to all consequences, with which he rushes at his adversary, has earned for the breed the proud epithet of Daredevil."
One of the boldest and most animated of the terriers, this fearless breed, built on lines of speed with a graceful, racy outline, must often be protected from himself.
Energetic and intense, he romps and plays with vigor and will take as much exercise as you can offer. Leashes and secure fences are compulsory, for he is exceedingly fast and agile, with strong chasing, digging, and jumping instincts.
The Irish Terrier does best with active families, for without exercise and lots of companionship and personal interaction, he will become bored and seek to entertain himself -- and his choices usually involve mischief and destructiveness.
His reaction to strangers varies from polite to aloof, and even the polite ones are vigilant watchdogs. Early socialization is important for a stable, controlled temperament.
The Irish Terrier can be exceedingly scrappy with other animals, whether canine or feline, and will make short shrift of rabbits and rodents.
Stubborn and self-assured, he is inclined to test for position in the family pecking order.