The Irish Terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds and they were originally used as vermin hunters and versatile farm dogs. They are cheerful and spirited dogs and they can also be courageous and independent. Their nickname is “red daredevil” of the Emerald Isle, because they do not back down when confronted. They can be dominant and aggressive with other dogs, but love people. The Irish Terrier lives life to the fullest, and are fearless and intelligent dogs.
Common Health Conditions
- Most dogs love to run and play outside. Many would fetch the ball for you for hours on end if given the chance. Often, they’re having so much fun, they don’t realize they could be damaging their paws.
- Muscular dystrophy is an inherited, progressive, and non-inflammatory degenerative muscular disease caused by a deficiency of dystrophyin, a muscle-membrane protein.
- Eye problems like cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy.