IRISH TERRIER DOG

It has been called the Little Devil and is more genius than anyone. It is red, robust and hard, and has hunted in Ireland during centuries: it even might have helped Saint Patrick with the serpents… or was it the flute player? 
 
Hard in motion and hard in coat, the Irish Terrier is a dog made for action, a super animated dog, a brave dog. The head is elongated, but proportionate, with a very narrow skull, flat, not thick. The jaws are strong, with a good length, not loaded. Concave heads are penalized. The coat should be thick and hard, with a broken appearance, with a sensitive beard. The neck has a good length; with fine and long shoulders; the body is moderate length; the back is not too short, but straight and long, without sinking; moderate length and perfectly straight, good boned limbs; hocks close to the ground. The tail, happily carried, is docked to a quarter, high inserted and well covered with the rough wiry hair. The color should be uniform, bright red or reddish brindle; a white spot at the chest is admitted; the adult should not have black hairs. The ideal Irish Terrier is a moderate size dog, weighing 13.5 kg in the male and 12.5 kg in the female; the height to the withers is 46 cm.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
A fearless Terrier, bold, the Irish Terrier is not as common as a company or show dog, although it is very recommendable as such. It is still a functional Terrier, able to terminate vermin as the best. Loyal and devoted to its owners, it loves to participate in the family life. It digs naturally, and with its healthy boldness can be noisy at times.
The standard describes the breed as “good natured, very affectionate and absolutely loyal to people”. Its Terrier instincts are completely intact, and the owner should be able to admit the dog’s tremendous desire to chase its “adversaries”. 
 
DEVELOPMENT
The puppy usually weighs around 225 g at birth. Growth is very level, uncomplicated. The dewclaws and tail are docked at the fourth day. The tail is docked to 2/3 or ¾. The ear carriage is very important to the breed’s standard, and the owner may have to “glue” (with tape or glue) the ears in the right disposition until maybe the year. A breeder or breed specialist should be consulted to help achieve correct ear position.
 
The Irish Terrier puppies are very active and inventive, giving its mother a hard time keeping them out of danger. They love people, and its socialization is a pleasure. 
 
HEALTH
For the Irish Terrier life is a breath. It is relatively exempt of problems, and there are very few documented. Breeders inform skin problems as their largest concern, and which regular brushing can control these problems, although bathing should not be abused, since it heightens them. Kidney stones, which only affect males, are recurrent in the breed: pain when urinating is a clear symptom. The Terrier family in general is prone to kidney tumors, although they have not been documented in the Irish. It is an excellent partner for any weather, which needs to exercise. Firm and constant education is essential in this breed, and the males are aggressive to other males by nature.
The Irish Terrier eyes have a penetrating adult shine. These puppies’ eyes already display intelligence and genius.