Irish Dog Breeds

Listed below are a few breeds that originate from the great island of Ireland and a few neat facts about them:

* Glen of Imaal Terrier: Though this specific breed makes a great companion dog, they can readily be trained to hunt badgers, foxes and even mice. This breed makes a perfect family pet but can be stubborn and aggressive at times.

She is intelligent, athletic and courageous – all ideal characteristics for a field dog.

Makes a perfect hunting dog as he is easily able to adapt to many different climates and terrain.

Pam Talley’s BARF dog, Clancy, was a gorgeous Irish Setter. The Irish Setter breed is known for it’s distinct solid red coat.

* Irish Terrier: This breed is over two thousand years old and a close relative to the wirehaired fox terrier. Nicknamed the “little daredevil” this breed is known for her outstanding courage and is usually trained to hunt Something is living in my attic, retrieve and even relay messages during times of war.

* Irish Water Spaniel: Thought to be a cross between a poodle and Irish setter, this cheerfully obedient breed is bright and easily trained to assist the avid bird hunter. Unfortunately his curly coat is a handful to maintain but when done properly makes for a magnificent looking dog.

* Irish Wolfhound: Originally used to hunt wolves from the Celtics, this breed was later brought to Ireland from the Romans where it had been influenced by the Great Dane and deerhound breeds. Makes a wonderful companion dog though he does have a tendency to prefer a single master. Well suited as a hunting dog or guard dog but does require a great deal of room to run.

As you can see from the picture above, the Irish Wolfhound is a large breed dog reaching heights of 31-35 inches and weighing over 119 lbs.

* Kerry Beagle: One of the earliest native Irish strains, the Kerry beagle is thought to be a descendant of the Celtic Hound. The Kerry beagle is widely used for hunting and odor monitoring though she also makes a wonderful pet. One thing to consider is that she needs constant exercise – routine walks two to three times a day is vital.

* Kerry Blue Terrier (Irish Blue Terrier): A cross between the Irish terrier and the Dandie Dinmont, the Kerry Blue Terrier was developed by Irish shepherds throughout the 1700’s. The Kerry blue has become the symbol of Ireland. Even though somewhat stubborn, this strain is trainable to be a faithful part of the family. Frequently used as a hunting dog, retriever, guard dog, mouser, and police canine.

Decision Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier: A strong yet stylish dog, the soft-coated wheaten terrier is known to be a truly versatile dog and is employed as a guard dog, herding dog, and hunting dog. Fully adaptable, he’s happy indoors or outdoors and makes a great family companion.

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier weighs about 35 lbs. And known for his thick, soft, wheat coloured coat.

As you can see, Ireland is blessed with so many breeds of dogs it would be difficult to pick a favorite. It is quite amazing that the Irish have so many different types of dogs on such a small island, all with varied personalities, uses and characteristics. No wonder the Irish are these great dog fans!

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