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Irish Terrier

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Irish Terrier
Irish Terrier
Irish Terrier
Alternative names
Irish Red Terrier
Country of origin
Common nicknames
Classification and breed standards
FCI: Group 3 Section 1 #139  
AKC: Terrier  
ANKC: Group 2 (Terriers)  
CKC: Group 4 - Terrier  
KC (UK): Terrier  
NZKC: Terrier  
UKC: Terriers  
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct

The Irish Terrier is a dog breed from Ireland, one of many breeds of Terrier.


Irish Terriers are coloured golden red, red wheaten, or wheaten. The dogs can become large and grow up to 46 to 48 cm (18-19 in) with a weight of 11 to 12 kg (25-27 lb).


The Irish Terrier is intelligent and a specialist in hunting rabbits and otters due to its very good sense of smell.


The breed's origin is not known. It is believed to have descended from the rough haired Fox Terrier. Its selection began only in 1870. The Irish Terrier Club was founded in 1879 and the breed was displayed for the first time in Glasgow in 1920. At one point in this breeds history it was used for dog fighting.

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