Irish Terriers are the prototype of a long-legged terrier. Standing on an 18- shoulder, they are sturdy, but they are very shiny and beautiful. Each body line is eye catching, and the overall picture is beautifully balanced. The tight red coat is as fiery as the breed’s temperament. IT is the joy of a dog lover: if your heart does not get petted in the sight of this technicolor terrier made against the fiery greens of the Irish country, forget the dogs and buy a goldfish.
For hundreds of years the Irish Terrier has been a fixture of rural Ireland – the very model of an all-purpose farm dog. A difficult thing, but a dog with a very soul and shrewdness cannot be included by a job description. IT has earned its feed as watchdogs, herds and family protectors and hunting companions on land and lake. The type of breed as we know it was set sometime in the 1870s, and ITS joined the AKC in 1885.
The Irish terrier’s over-all presence is significant. In composition it should be greater than the sum of its parts. He should be a piece of all, a balanced critical picture of symmetry, proportion and harmony. In addition, he should express the character. This terrier needs to be active, litigated and maneuvered with large animation; Strong and robust in substance and bone structure, but at the same time free from clumsiness, are most essential for speed, strength, and endurance. The Irish Terrier does not have to be either “Coby” or “Clody”, but it should be built on lines of motion with a beautiful, racing outline.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time.
The Irish terrier’s short coat requires regular brushing, stripping, and trimming to keep it in good condition. His thick and wavy torn coat hugs the body and creates a tight, water-resistant jacket. Under hard outer coat, thin undercoat of soft, thick hair, body heat on a cool, damp day. Ideally the outer coat should be stripped by hand rather than clipped. Weekly brushing will remove dirt and loose hair and help the dog look its best. Nails should be trimmed regularly, as longer nails can cause dog trouble.
The Irish Terrier is very clever and ready to please, although he is strong-willed, independent and challenging. Early and consistent socialization and basic obedience training helps ensure that he is a good member of your family who is comfortable with family and friends. Training quickly establishes a bond between you and your Irish that will last a lifetime. Frequent use and reinforcement of initial training should be a lifelong process. The Irish Terrier is a smart, quick dog that quickly prepares for new situations. This breed is great with children when raised with them and has a deep loyalty to their owner. Puppies require firm boundaries so that they develop into respectable adults.
The Irish Terrier is vibrant, playful and outgoing, with abundant energy. Irish terriers are great athletes and require regular exercise, so a fenced backyard is ideal. Failing this, they need to walk several times a day to maintain mental and physical fitness. However, Vineet, the Terrier Terrier wants excellence as its owner and show and performance dog. Obedience, agility, rally, earthdog, and flyball programs provide an outlet for the breed’s energy, natural athleticism and intelligence.
Irish terriers should be fed a high quality dog food suitable for the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior) and activity level. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. If you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s weight or diet, check with your vet or dog breeder. Clean, fresh water should always be available.
Irish terriers are generally healthy dogs, but there are some issues that may threaten the breed. Hyperkeratosis (stiff, cracked legs) is rare in North America but can be carried in dogs of European lines. A genetic test has recently been developed for this condition. Cystinuria (as a result of bladder stones) is also uncommon, but there is no genetic test for Irish terriers. Prospective owners should ask about both of these diseases and work only with reputable breeders. As with all breeds, Irish terrier’s ears should be regularly checked for signs of infection, and frequently brush teeth using toothpaste designed for dogs. Regular visits to the vet for checkups and parasite control help the dog ensure a longer, healthier life.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: