This site is a comprehensive, on-line resource for information about the Irish Terrier breed and the National Club. The ITCA promotes responsible ownership of Irish Terriers and encourages membership in the National and Regional Clubs.

The Irish Terrier originated in Ireland many years ago and can now be found on all continents of the world. Never existing in great numbers, once seen and owned, an Irish Terrier is never forgotten. The existence of an Irish Sporting terrier is referenced for centuries in ancient manuscripts archived in the Dublin Museum. One old Irish writer referred to these dogs as the “poor man’s sentinel, the farmer’s friend, and the gentleman’s favorite”.

Early Irishmen did not keep accurate breeding records. As a result, the origin of the breed has been subject to conjecture. In Vero Shaw’s The Illustrated Book of the Dog (1881) George R. Krehl, an early advocate of the breed, stated “the Irish Terrier is a true and distinct breed to Ireland and no man can trace its origin which is lost in antiquity.”

On a humorous note, the early and prominent breeder William Graham theorized “that the only reason they were not itemized in Noah’s list of the cargo of the Ark was that it was quite unnecessary to take a pair of Irish Terriers aboard. They could swim alongside so well.”


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BIDDING BEGINS FRIDAY, JANUARY 13th, 2022 at 12:00 am
As most of you know, 2022 is a very special year for the ITCA. We will be celebrating our 125th Anniversary. To help make the 125th ITCA Anniversary National Specialty Show extra special, we are offering significantly
upgraded take-home prizes. It is our hope this sponsorship auction will help offset the higher cost of trophies
and at the same time make the 125th National Specialty a spectacular historical event!
Here is how it works:
ITCA has provided below a list and photos of its top take-home prizes, including upgraded framed rosettes. If
you would like to sponsor the offering of one of these prizes, you can submit bids on one or more of the listed
take-home prizes. All winning sponsorships of take-home prizes offered in the auction will be listed in the show
catalog as offered by the ITCA and the winning sponsor. If you are the winning sponsor of a one or more
trophies, you may offer the prize in your name, or you can honor a Heart Dog, Mentor or Friend. Group
Sponsors are limited to four individual names.
Bids Open at 12:00 am (Eastern) January 13, 2022
and will close 11:59 pm (Eastern) on February 28, 2022
Bidding is open to Individuals and ITCA Regional Clubs
We will accept bids on our FACEBOOK page and via e-mail at The leading bid for
sponsorship of each take-home prize will be updated every few days via email and on Facebook.