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Frequently Asked Questions:
Are they a healthy breed?
The Irish Terrier has very few health problems and the Irish Terrier Club of America periodically monitors the breed to assure that it remains healthy.
Are they good with children?
A properly socialized and well-cared for Irish Terrier is a wonderful playmate. All young children need supervision when playing with any dog, no matter what the breed. Older children should be educated to show respect and kindness towards all animals.
Is it true that Irish are hypo-allergenic?
No dog is "shed-free" although the wiry Irish coat does seem to shed less than most. For this reason some allergy prone people can coexist with an Irish. Dander sensitivity should always be pre-tested by visiting breeders and being with Irish several times before making the final decision.
I've heard that terriers are difficult to train. Is this true of the Irish?
All puppies require your TIME and COMMITMENT so that they will grow into the kind of dog you want as the family pet. The Irish Terrier is no different.
A puppy is ready to begin learning about the outside world shortly after it is 7 weeks old. Focus on consistency and fun, with everyone in the household working on teaching simple commands such as sit , stay and come.
The Irish Terrier learns rapidly and they like to do things with the people they love. Harsh training is neither required nor recommended.