The Irish Terrier charms with its lithe and lively qualities and its terrier zest for life and its many awaiting amusements. Despite debate about its origins, there is indisputable evidence that the Irish Terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds. In the beginning, Irish Terriers came in a variety of colors including black and tan, gray, and brindle; their striking red coat became the status quo towards the end of the 19th century. Their natural agility and astuteness made them useful as messengers and sentinels during WW2. Adaptable, good natured, and intelligent, the Irish Terrier does well in a variety of living situations as long as they receive ample attention and diligent, positive training. They are natural guardians and also do well with children they become bonded with. Their short wiry coats require minimal upkeep.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health, and care requirements. They also work to assure that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed become members of the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission. The nation’s top breed experts are members of the parent club.
The national parent breed club is the first and best place to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.