North of England Irish Terrier Club
Founded 1906

Breed Rescue

If you are considering giving an Irish Terrier a home, or need to find a new home for your Irish Terrier, you have come to the right place.

Our Aims

Inspire owners present and future to get the best from their dogs
Re-home Irish Terriers finding caring, permanent homes
Inform prospective owners and promote responsible ownership
Share our enthusiasm and knowledge of the breed
Help when difficult decisions have to be made

If we can encourage potential owners to think carefully before choosing this lovely breed and even if they choose not to take on a rescue, to put time and effort into finding a knowledgeable, responsible breeder: if we can inspire present owners to encourage their dogs to reach their full potential and to keep in touch with and support their breed clubs, then we are also helping reduce the numbers of dogs coming into rescue in the future. If you are in the awful position of knowing your dog does need a new home, you will find support and impartial advice, without recriminations.

Why rescue an Irish Terrier?

Obtaining a dog of any breed through rescue should not be seen as a cheap way to obtain a pedigree dog. Irish terriers come into rescue for a variety of reasons:

Death of owner
Change in circumstances of owners - marriage break-up, move abroad etc.
Fall-outs with other dogs in the household!
Owners simply buying a puppy without thinking through the consequences

The youngest dog we have rehomed was 12 weeks old and the oldest 11 years old. For these reasons, we do not operate on a first come, first served basis, rather we ask that prospective new owners are honest about the type of dog they are looking for in terms of age and background.

Irish terriers have a tremendous capacity for learning, for having fun and for life in general and a typical Irish will thrive on human companionship and mental stimulation. Coats are easy to maintain, feeding costs are low and working with an Irish Terrier in any discipline, whether it be agility, flyball, or gun-work is a pleasure.

But before you get carried away, dreaming of your perfect life together, please note the wordtypical. An Irish Terrier that needs a new home will come with its own unique character, shaped by its individual circumstances. Remember, dogs only do what they find rewarding to do and if a dog has learned from experience that interaction with humans is unpleasant and snapping is the best way to avoid it then the dog will snap. Likewise, a dog that has learned that pulling on the lead means they get where they want to go that bit faster the dog will pull. Working with a dog that has a past is incredibly rewarding, but incredibly frustrating at times too.

Irish terriers are high input high output dogs: if you put in the time and energy you will be rewarded a thousand-fold. If you feel you have the experience and more importantly the time and willingness to work with a dog to fulfil its potential (whether it be as a working dog or an enjoyable, reliable family pet) then you are the sort of potential owner we are looking for.

The Irish Terrier Association, North of England Irish Terrier Club and the Southern Irish Terrier Society all work together when it comes to rescue and wherever you live, we will do our utmost to ensure that help and advice on any aspect of Irish Terrier care is only a telephone call away.


North of England Irish Terrier Club
Mrs. Alison Harper
Tel: 01642 880227

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