Irish Terrier vs Schipperke

Compare the Irish Terrier to the Schipperke. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Irish Terriers and Schipperkes.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Schipperke is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The Irish Terrier is okay for new owners, but may not be as easy as the Schipperke.
  • Children - Both the Irish Terrier and Schipperke are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Schipperke is easy to groom while the Irish Terrier has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Irish Terrier and Schipperke are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Irish Terrier vs Schipperke
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Adult Schipperke
Breed NameIrish TerrierSchipperke
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicMaybeNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height16-18 in.10-13 in.
Weight21-27 lb11-18 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryIrelandBelgium
Origin Year1875 AD1880 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyPoorBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 70°F40°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed22 mph16 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow-Medium
SheddingNone-LowLow-Medium
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNone-LowNone-Low

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameIrish TerrierSchipperke
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingHighBelow Average
ChasingHighAverage
Follow CommandsAverageVery Low
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingBelow AverageHigh
HuntingHighBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageAverage
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameIrish TerrierSchipperke
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameIrish TerrierSchipperke
Coat
HairYesYes
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Wire CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
WoolyNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
RedYesYes
Red WheatenYesNo
WheatenYesYes
BlackNoYes
BlueNoYes
BrownNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
CreamNoYes
GoldNoYes
IvoryNoYes
WhiteNoYes