Irish terrier noun
: any of a breed of active medium-sized terriers characterized by a dense close usually reddish wiry coat
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Irish terrier noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Breed of terrier developed in Ireland, one of the oldest terrier breeds. It stands 16–18 in. (41.5–46 cm) high, weighs 22–26 lbs (10–12 kg), and has a wiry golden-red to reddish brown coat. Nicknamed the daredevil, it is reputedly adaptable, loyal, spirited, and recklessly courageous. It served as a messenger and sentinel in World War I, and has been used to hunt and to retrieve game.
Irish terrier—Sally Anne Thompson/EB Inc.
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