The Irish (Red) Terrier is sturdy, medium-sized, well-proportioned, strong in substance and bone structure, and free from clumsiness. This breed looks very similar to the Wirehaired Fox Terrier, but somewhat taller and longer. The rough looking wiry outer jacket is lined with a softer undercoat.
The Irish Terrier is solid colored and may be red, golden, or wheaten. They have speed, power, and endurance. These dogs are neither cloddy, nor cobby, and should be built on lines of speed with a graceful, racing outline.
The Irish Terrier makes an excellent companion whether he/she is a playmate, hiker, watchdog or just footwarmer. He/she is loyal to every member of the family a top-notch terrier known for the fighting spirit.
Whole-colored, preferably red, red wheaten, or yellow-red; small amount of white on chest acceptable; white on feet or any black shading highly undesirable.
The coat is harsh and wiry. The hard double coat is easy to groom and rarely sheds. Brush regularly with a stiff bristle brush and remove the dead hair with a fine-tooth comb. Bathe only when necessary.
This is a very healthy breed and is not prone to any major hereditary disorders. Some are prone to kidney or bladder stones, corns on the feet, hereditary urinary problems. To minimize the risk of your Irish Terrier developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a puppy from a reputable breeder.