On December 18, 1896 three men had the foresight to form the Irish Terrier Club of America. They were Samuel D. Parker, O. W. Donner and H. White. The first meeting was held prior to the Westminster Show on February 23rd, 1897. The club was formed “to promote interest in, and pure breeding of, what its members agree is just about the most satisfactory terrier extant.”
Today the ITCA consists of a governing body composed of 5 Officers and 12 Governors and a membership of over 400 persons from the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. The Club sponsors a national specialty and an annual traveling specialty, multiple local events, and produces a quarterly newsletter with show results, upcoming events, health information and many other topics.
The Irish Terrier Club of America is open to all persons who share a fondness for this happy rugged terrier, the Irish Terrier. New members are welcome, but have to be sponsored by a member.