Trimming the Irish Terrier's Head for Show by Paul Livesey
By Connie Birch
The Irish Terrier expression is pure and simply the breed's characteristic. In the last
analysis a beautifully-formed Irish Terrier lacking this typical and correct expression is just
a good terrier, not an Irish Terrier. The true Irish Terrier
expression fully accentuates his arrogant, fearless, spirited, ever-happy, rollicking, enterprising nature.
Take trimming the head slowly so not to tire the dog and time to step back and access progress.
It takes 3/4 weeks (approx.) to trim the head, ears, side and front of neck and shoulders.
Refer to diagrams 1 and 2 and head study painting. Trim with fine trimming comb, the top and side of skull,
in front of the ears and shape the eyebrows. The latter is not easy to explain and would
suggest the novice looks well at an expertly prepared terrier. The whole expression of an
Irish Terrier can be made or marred by the manner in which the eyebrows are trimmed and shaped.
Trim the ears very closely both inside and out and scissor out and around the orifice of
the ear taking car to avoid cut hair going down into the ear canal.
A smear of Vaseline will avoid scratching.
Try to avoid scissoring the edges of the ears as the colour will lighten.
Take an imaginary line from the corner of the eye to the corner of the mouth
and then trim all hair from behind this line, under the jaw, front of the neck down to the breast
bone and then less closely down between the front legs tidying out excess hair.
Trim sides of the neck and shoulders following diagram No.2 and head study painting.
Very carefully remove all light coloured fluffy hair from whiskers on top and bottom jaw.
An Irish Terrier should not be left too much whisker as it softens the
expression. Trim away only excessive hair under and in front of the eyes
but never trim so much away as to make the foreface "pinch" in, in front of
the eyes. The trimming lines must at all times blend one to the other.
Abrupt lines anywhere are ugly.