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        Breed Standards for the Irish Terrier

 

 

General Appearance:

A graceful, racy outline, with a moderately long body.  It is a sturdy and strong in substance, but it is also active and lithe in movement.

 

 

Head:

Head long and fairly narrow, eyes small, with intense expression, small v-shaped ears, dropping forward with fold above skull level.

 

 

Tail:

Set high but not curled; about one fourth docked off.

 

 

 

 

Coat:

Harsh, wiry, whole-colored coat has a broken appearance and should not be so long as to hide the body outline.

 

 

Color:

Red, golden red, red wheaten or wheaten.

 

 

Temperament:

A heedless, reckless pluck and blind to all consequences, will rush headlong at an adversary.  They have the courage of a lion and will fight to their last breath and yet they are good tempered, notably with humans.


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