First and foremost a companion dog
The Irish Terrier is native to Ireland and is one of the oldest breeds of terrier.
Originally they were bred to hunt pests and predators. Usual targets were rats, badgers, rabbits, foxes, and otters. Some were also used for bird hunting.
The Irish Terrier eventually served both as a watchdog and for large game hunting. Today, the Irish Terrier is primarily a companion dog used as a tracking dog and for agility.
Irish Terriers have strong personalities
They require determining training and consistent upbringing from the owner. In return, the Irish terrier becomes affectionate and friendly.
Some individuals are known to become aggressive towards other dogs. It is not uncommon for an Irish Terrier to prefer to be the only dog in the family.
Aggressiveness can be reduced /with the help of early socialization.
Also, note that they may be reserved towards strangers.
There is a lot of energy in Irish terriers. Give them sufficient stimuli, preferably through varied walks in nature.
In addition to physical activity, they need to use their minds. Don’t hold back on challenges and playtime.
Like most terriers, they like to dig, so do not be surprised when they suddenly start digging intensely. This impulse can be triggered by underground rodents.
Fun fact: Irish terriers have often been described as "daredevils". They are brave dogs, on the verge of the foolhardy. This can be worth keeping in mind when hiking.
The Irish Terrier has the potential to be a faithful friend for many years, for the whole family. They are not hostile towards children.
There are few known diseases associated with Irish Terriers. In general, they are healthy dogs with a long life expectancy. It is not uncommon for Irish Terriers to live between 12-14 years.
Some individuals have been affected by hyperkeratosis. A hereditary condition in which the paws rupture. The condition is rare.