Irish Terrier

The Irish Terrier is a graceful, long-legged dog with a stunning reddish harsh and wiry coat. It is sometimes called the Irish Red Terrier.

Irish Terrier breed group


Size of the Irish Terrier

The Irish Terrier is a medium sized, deep chested dog with long lean legs.

Colour varieties of the Irish Terrier

The Irish Terrier is available in a variety of colours including:

  • Red
  • Red Wheaten
  • Rust
  • Wheaten
  • Wheaten Red

Country of origin


The Irish Terrier through history

The Irish Terrier was developed in the 1700s. It was originally used to hunt vermin and was also used as a  watchdog. Today the Irish Terrier is a popular companion pet but can still be seen coursing, hunting vermin and participating in field trials.

Size and weight of the Irish Terrier

Height dog 48 cms (19 ins)
Height bitch 46 cms (18 ins)
Ideal weight dog 15 kg
Ideal weight bitch 13 kg

Exercise requirements of the Irish Terrier

The Irish Terrier is an active dog that requires around an hour of exercise every day.


The Irish Terrier is a generally healthy dog and should expect to enjoy a lifespan of 13-15 years.

The Breed

The Irish Terrier is a striking dog, with a coarse wiry coat and soulful black eyes. It tends to make a good family pet. However, due to it’s Terrier instinct can be problematic with other dogs. Socialisation is required from an early age.


The wiry coat can be hand-stripped by a professional groomer. Otherwise grooming is moderate, with the Irish Terrier  requiring a regular brush with a soft slicker brush.


No. The Irish Terrier sheds fur throughout the year, so an unsuitable choice of dog breed for allery sufferers.

Approximate Irish Terrier pedigree puppy price

No price is currently available as only 290 dogs were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015 and the breed is currently listed as a vulnerable native breed by the Kennel Club. Register your interest with an assured breeder who can notify you of upcoming litters. Be aware you may have to wait for a puppy and travel a long distance to find your perfect puppy.

Other necessary costs to consider when owning any dog

Don’t forget to budget for regular treatments that are not covered by pet insurance:

  • Worming
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatment

Many veterinary practices offer monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost over the year.