irish terrier breed information
common health issues
The exact origin of the Irish Terrier is unknown, but it is believed to be descended from Black and Tan Terrier-type dogs from Britain and Ireland. Irish Terriers, like many other Terriers, were originally bred to rid properties of rats and other vermin. During World War I, they were also used as messenger dogs, largely because of their plucky tenacity.
A medium-sized dog, the Irish Terrier weighs in at about 30 pounds and can be wheaten in color or the more popular red. The Irish Terrier is a strong, active and intelligent breed who can be willful if not given boundaries. They are a loyal breed and can do well with children when properly socialized. Irish Terriers excel at activities which provide both mental and physical exercise, such as obedience and agility training. If not given a proper outlet for these needs, the Irish Terrier may find more destructive ways to burn this energy – perhaps at the expense of your couch!
Although this active breed is intelligent and tenacious, they are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that may adversely affect their health – as well as your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Irish Terriers are prone to include bladder problems such as cystinuria; musculoskeletal diseases such as muscular dystrophy; eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy; spinal cord diseases such as degenerative myelopathy; and thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Irish Terrier inherits his dad’s bladder problems or his mom’s eye troubles, you’re protected.