- Family Considerations
- Overall Ease of Breed
- Home and Environment Considerations
- Physical Characteristics
Is the Irish Terrier good with children?
The Irish Terrier is about average in how friendly they are with children. They can be friendly and loving with children, but we recommend that they get early socialization, and are not left alone with children for extended periods.
Is the Irish Terrier friendly with strangers?
The Irish Terrier is about average in how friendly they are with strangers. They can be timid or protective, but with proper training and socialization can be fine for any household.
Is the Irish Terrier friendly with other dogs?
The Irish Terrier is about average in how friendly they are with other dogs. They can be timid or defensive, but with proper training and socialization can be fine for dog parks and living with other dogs at home.
Likes to Cuddle
Does the Irish Terrier like to cuddle?
The Irish Terrier appreciates affection and that includes kisses and snuggles!
Does the Irish Terrier like to play?
The Irish Terrier is always ready for play! It's important to keep in mind, as they need to be stimulated with games and affection throughout the day.
Service Dog Ability
Does the Irish Terrier make a good service dog?
The Irish Terrier would not be a great fit as a service dog for several reasons.
Ease for Novice
Is the Irish Terrier good for first-time owners?
The Irish Terrier would not be the best fit for first-time owners. A breed is only good for first-time owners if it is raised for home companionship, and is open to training and is motivated to please its owner.
How well can the Irish Terrier be trained?
The Irish Terrier is about average when it comes to training potential. The Irish Terrier can be seen in competitions and can have advanced training, but it would require much dedication and oftentimes professional training.
Amount of Shedding
Does the Irish Terrier shed a lot?
The Irish Terrier does shed, but less than average.
Ease of Grooming
Is the Irish Terrier easy to groom?
The Irish Terrier requires an average amount of grooming. Taking your Irish Terrier to the pet salon will make your life easier, but its possible to groom a Irish Terrier on your own as well.
Does the Irish Terrier need a lot of exercise?
The Irish Terrier needs a daily exercise partner! The Irish Terrier is best suited for a family where it will get plenty of daily exercise; it has so much energy that exercise is mandatory to avoid destructive behaviors.
How smart is the Irish Terrier?
The Irish Terrier has average intelligence. They are smart and witty, but do not need to be constantly challenged mentally, as some other breeds.
Amount of Barking
How much does the Irish Terrier bark? Does the Irish Terrier bark too much?
The Irish Terrier barks a lot. This is important to consider with your living situation- will it be ok when you leave them at home alone or will they disrupt the neighbors? The Irish Terrier will oftentimes bark just to express their thoughts... even just to be heard!
Guard Dog Ability
Is the Irish Terrier a good guard dog?
The Irish Terrier is not a dog breed necessarily known as a guard dog, but they are alert. The Irish Terrier is protective of its family, and has above average tendencies when it comes to guarding property.
Tolerates Being Alone
Is the Irish Terrier good at staying alone? Is the Irish Terrier independent?
The Irish Terrier is not very independent and does not do great when left behind for longer than a couple of hours. This is one of the most important things to consider when getting a new dog.
Good for Apartment Living
Is the Irish Terrier a good apartment dog?
The Irish Terrier is not a good dog for apartment living for several reasons. It is still possible to make it work if the owner is dedicated to plenty of training and daily exercise, but it may be challenging.
How big is the Irish Terrier?
The Irish Terrier is below average when it comes to size. They are not a "toy" breed, but it is still significantly easier to travel with them.
How much does the Irish Terrier tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Irish Terrier?
The Irish Terrier can tolerate hot weather well. They still prefer having some variation and a cool space to sleep, but overall they can do well in warm climates.
How much does the Irish Terrier tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Irish Terrier?
The Irish Terrier can tolerate some cold, but should not be over-exposed to cold weather. In general, they can live in cold weather climates, but may need clothing on particularly cold evenings or in snow.
Potential to Run Away
Does the Irish Terrier try to run away?
It is natural for the Irish Terrier to run away. They are easily distracted and excited, so the urge to run away should be expected and prepared for- a fenced yard is important.
Is the Irish Terrier a healthy dog? The health of a Irish Terrier should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.
The Irish Terrier is very healthy, but it is still important to feed the Irish Terrier high-quality food and to live a healthy lifestyle.
How energetic is the Irish Terrier?
It seems like the Irish Terrier never runs out of energy. If you are looking for a 5 AM run partner, the Irish Terrier is your dog! A dog's energy level is one of the most important considerations when getting a new dog, and we would only recommend the Irish Terrier for a family where it will get plenty of exercise.
Amount of Drooling
How much does the Irish Terrier drool?
The Irish Terrier does not drool at all.
Does the Irish Terrier have a large prey drive? Does the Irish Terrier like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?
The Irish Terrier has a very high prey drive and will naturally chase after any small animals it sees. They can co-exist with cats or other animals at the home, but we would not recommend it without supervision.
Is the Irish Terrier atheltic?
The Irish Terrier is very athletic and would be well suited for a family that frequently works out or goes on adventures.
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- Irish Terrier
The Irish Terrier is a purebred dog that falls within the larger Terrier dog breed group.
Terrier group: Anyone who has had a terrier knows that they come with a big personality. Across the Terrier dog group there is much variation, but they are all feisty, proud, and extremely loyal to their family. With this strong personality comes stubbornness, so they are not the easiest dog, especially for a first time dog owner. However, with training and a strong owner, they can be some of the most rewarding dogs- their strong personality is fun, active, and will always bring something new. Terriers were originally bred for hunting, exterminating small vermin, and home protection. Terriers are a healthy and athletic breed. Because of this they require a good amount of exercise.
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