Official  Irish Terrier Association 

Surporting   The  Breed

 Code of Ethics 


​ All members of the Irish terrier Association undertake to abide by the Kennel Club General Code of Ethics . Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from Club membership and/ or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club and / or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action as appropriate .​​

Club members:

Will properly house, feed, water and excise all dogs under thier care and  arrange  for appropriate veterinary attention if  and when required.

Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon performing an  operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural  confirmation of the animal, may  report psuch operations to the Kennel Club

Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled.  Puppies  which may not conform to the Breed Standard will be  placed in suitable  homes.

Will abide by all  aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.

Will not create demand for, nor supply , puppies that have been docked illegally .

Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed.​

Will not allow any of their dogs to roam  at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.

Will ensure that thie dogs wear  properly  tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.

Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited. 

 Will supply written details of all dietary  requirements and  give guidance concerning  responsible ownership  when placing dogs in a new home.

Will ensure  that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog , and will  agreed, in writing ,to forward any relevant documents at th earliest opportunity , if not immediately available.

Will  only sell dogs where there  is reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change. 

Will supply written date of order true comments and give guidance concerning response what are you shit when placing dogs in your new home.

Will ensure that all relevant kennel club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog I would agree in writing to forward any moment of documents and areas of duty if not immediately available .

Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly  or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or domation in a competition  of any kind .

Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as stand alone items  (not accompanying a dog).

Will not knowingly misrepresent  the characteristics of a breed nor falsely  advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or  quality of a dog.

It is recommended that any sire or dam - that produces an  offspring which is subsequently diagnosed with hyperkeratosis- are not used again in any breeding program and also any siblings of the affected  animal  are again not used in any breeding program , unless mated to a genetically clear dog .

It is a requirement that all Kennel Club Assured Breeders have their breeding stock tested  for Hyperkeratosis and recorded with the Kennel Club .

​Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from the Kennel Club Membership , and / or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action , as appropriate. 
 Breed Standard short version (full version available on the kennel club website .)​​​
Active lively and wiry in appearance with lots of substance and a graceful  racy outline.
Good tempered ,  notably with humans but can sometimes resent interference from other dogs . Ideal height dogs 48cm (19 inches): bitches 46cm (18 inches ). Head long , skull flat ,and rather narrow between ears , narrowing towards  eyes ;stop  hardly visible except in profile Jaw strong and muscular, but not too full in cheek , of good length with a black nose .Eyes dark , fairly small and not prominent.
Ears small , V shaped , set well set on head ,and dropping forward water  closely to check . Top of folded ear well above level of skull.  Jaws strong with regular scissor bite, i.e. Upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws . Fair length of neck gradually widening  to shoulders , with a slight fringe at each side of neck , running nearly  to corner of ear. Shoulder fine, long and well laid back .
Legs moderately long ,well set from shoulders,  perfectly  straight,with plenty of   bone and muscle ; elbows working freely clear of  sides;  pasterns hardly noticeable but short and straight,  the  forelegs moving straight forward when travelling. Chest  is deep and muscular, body  moderately long ;back strong and straight, loin muscular  and slightly arched ;ribs fairly sprung and well ribbed back. Strong and muscular hindquarters , thighs powerful, hocks well let down , stifles moderately bent . Hinglegs move straight forward when travelling .​
Strong ,tolerably round feet, moderately small , toes arched black toe nails. Tail set on pretty high , carried gaily but not over back or curled. Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles . Coat is harsh and wiry, having broken appearance, not soft or silky and not so long as the higher as to hide the outline of body particulary in hindquarters . At base of these stiff hairs is  growth of finance finer  and softer hair -  the undercoat. Hair on  forface is crisp and only sufficiently long to impart appearance of additional strength  .Hair  on legs dense  and crisp . Whole - coloured coat, most preferable  colours being red , red/wheaten , or yellow / red.
Hyperkeratosis  ( Cracked Oad ) is a very rare defect in Irish Terriers. The cases have reduced in  recent years due to the  responsible breeding.
There is now a simple DNA test available to check whether  an Irish is clear or a carrier of the gene.