The Irish Terrier is a versatile dog breed with a tough terrier disposition. It is versatile in skills as they can be a loyal and entertaining companion, efficient vermin hunter and an excellent watchdog with its loud barking. Irish Terriers are often referred to as "Daredevils of the dogdom" as they are brave and fearless, never backing down from a fight. They are highly intelligent, independent, strong-willed, curious and assertive, all characteristics that make them difficult to train since have a mind of their own. Irish Terriers need to learn its position in the pack and must look up to you, as the owner, for guidance and direction. With this said, this dog breed is not ideal for first-time dog owners with no experience with stubborn and intelligent breeds.
Irish Terriers have a strong affinity with children, that is short of saying this breed adores them, which makes they are a great playmate. However, no matter how attuned a dog is with children, adults need to supervise all interactions to avoid injury to both dog and the child.
When it comes to other pets, Irish Terriers can coexist with cats if they're raised with them from a young age. However, this dog breed does not get on well with other dogs and pets under the rodent family (e.g. mouse, rats, gerbils, hamsters).Its competitive streak often lands them in trouble with other dogs of the same sex, while its hunting instinct and prey drive may be too strong to control around small animals.