Thursday, March 17, 2011
Nobody knows when or how the Irish terrier got its start, but everybody agrees that it is one of the earliest terrier breeds. At first, Irish terriers could be any color, such as black-and-tan, gray, or brindle. But later the only possible colors got to be bright red, golden red, red wheaten, and wheaten.
Irish terriers first went to the United states in the late 1800s, and they became sort of popular, at least for a while. But this breed has never been as popular to own as some other breeds, like for example chihuahuas or golden retrievers or dalmatians. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1884, and the U.S. breed club started in 1896.
The average height of an Irish terrier is 18 inches, and the average weight is 25 to 27 pounds. These dogs do not have many health problems, but sometimes they can get cataracts or hypothyroidism. They usually live to be about 12-15 years old.
There are lots of things that Irish terriers can be used for, such as hunting, tracking, retrieving, ratting, guarding, police work, and military work. Also they are good at agility and obedience. They make nice family dogs, but they need plenty of exercise. Sometimes they don't get along with other dogs in the house -- especially dogs of the same sex -- or with cats. But usually they like to play with children.
Irish terriers are brave, energetic, and loyal. Also they are curious about stuff, and they are always ready for adventure. They like to dig, and they chase anything that moves, so they should not be off-leash in an unfenced area. Of course, the same is true for basenjis and greyhounds.
May your dish always be full of food,
Your yard be full of squirrels,
And your bed be soft and warm.
May your person pet you lots and lots,
And not make you go to vet very often!