Area of origin: Ireland
Original function: hunting fox, otter, and other vermin
Average size of male: Ht: 18, Wt: 27
Average size of female: Ht: 18, Wt: 25
Other names: Irish red terrier
Irish Terrier Dog Temperament
Called the daredevil of dogdom, the Irish terrier is brash, bold, assertive, playful, inquisitive, independent, strong-willed and ever ready for action and adventure. He likes to chase and run and hunt and explore; he needs daily physical and mental exercise in a safe area. Given sufficient exercise, he is surprisingly well-mannered and dignified indoors. He is a loyal and entertaining companion.