The Irish terrier has a few things going for it that make this breed unique. It’s the only Terrier with a red coat and it’s one of the oldest terrier breeds in the world. The Irish terrier is an energetic and loyal dog with a wide streak of protectiveness towards its family and a mistrust of strangers, as a well as jealousy and distrust of other Irish terriers, especially those of the same gender. In fact, the Irish terrier was bred not only to be a ratter, like many terriers are but also a guard dog. This dog is also very intelligent, making it great for training in all manner of activities, such as obedience and agility. Irish terriers also make great ‘therapy dogs’ because they have plenty of energy to give to people wanting to walk and lead a more active lifestyle, but they are also protective. They can be trusted around children as playmates and guardians, but they don’t play well with other animals and must be stringently socialized to tolerate other dogs in particular.

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Dog Breeder Video: Irish Terrier

Irish Terriers are Hypo-Allergenic

Irish terriers are the only terrier breed with a red coat, though the shade of red can vary from red to golden red and sometimes there’s a white chest patch. Their coat is hard and wiry, making it necessary to comb, but not to wash.

Iris terriers do require someone willing to walk them daily and better still able to play outdoors games with them. They can live in smaller quarters like apartments, especially since they are hypo-allergenic, but they’ll do best if they can run around and play. If you are considering this dog for your family, make sure you have time to give to playing and training your pet and in return, you’ll have a wonderful family dog and guard dog.

How to Groom an Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier is an active and compactly sized dog that is suited for life in both rural and city environments. Its harsh red coat protects it from all kinds of weather. Whether you are going to use your Irish Terrier as a show dog or just a loving companion, proper grooming is essential. Irish Terriers have a double coat, a dense thick undercoat, and a harsh outer coat. For a show dog a “broken coat” is ideal, however, there are other coats such as a smooth coat, open coat, flat coat, wavy coat, curly coat and pick out coats.
Because of their unique coating, grooming is quite a bit different and the preferred method is called stripping or plucking, meaning to pluck the dead hair of the outer coat. This is not a difficult process to learn, nor is it painful for your Irish Terrier. Many professional groomers will not strip because it is time-consuming, nor is it cost effective for them. However, if you do find an experienced groomer in stripping, expect to pay around $100 per session.

How to Groom an Irish Terrier

How to Groom an Irish Terrier (Source:

Learning to Strip your Irish Terrier

Stripping should be started at around 5 months of age and done around 3 to 4 times a year, after a stripping it can take around 10 weeks to grow back a prime coat so waiting 14 to 15 weeks to strip again will ensure that the hair is long enough to come out easy.

When first learning to strip your Irish Terrier’s coat I would recommend using only your forefinger and thumb. The use of a stripping knife takes practice to be done right, If done wrong it can result in “cutting” of the coat rather than stripping. Cutting or clipping the coat can cause the coat to lose it’s vibrant color as well as it’s natural waterproofing ability.

Stripping knives come in coarse and fine tooth, they are designed to strip the dead top coat hair out, leaving behind a healthy undercoat.

Trimming of Legs and Face

Trimming the legs and face of your Irish Terrier should be done about every 3 weeks and the belly should be done with an electric clipper.

When trimming the face it is best to start with the ears. Trim straight along the bottom being careful not to cut the sensitive flesh part of the ear. Clip down the side of the face between the ear and the eye, the same length as the rest of the body. Use thinning scissors to trim the fur around the mouth.

Frequent bathing of the Irish Terrier is not necessary, as their coats are naturally designed to repel dirt and debris, and are not prone to tangles or matting. However, frequent, vigorous brushings are highly recommended. Frequent trimming of the nails should also be done, to keep the nails short and neat.

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