Listed below are a few breeds which arise in the great island of Ireland and a few neat facts about them:
* Glen of Imaal Terrier: Though this specific breed makes a terrific companion dog, they can readily be trained to hunt badgers, foxes and even mice. This breed makes a perfect family pet but can be aggressive and stubborn at times.
* Irish Red & White Setter: A distinctly different breed than the Irish Setter, the Irish Red & White Setter is regarded as the oldest breed of setters. She’s intelligent, courageous and athletic – all perfect features for a field dog.
Makes a perfect hunting dog as he is easily able to adapt to a variety of climates and terrain.
Pam Talley’s BARF dog, Clancy, was a gorgeous Irish Setter. The Irish Setter breed is famous for it’s different solid red coat.
* Irish Terrier: This breed is more than two million years old and a close relative to the wirehaired fox terrier. Nicknamed the “little daredevil” this breed is known for her extraordinary courage and is commonly trained to search, retrieve and even relay messages through times of war.
Unfortunately his curly coat is a couple to maintain but when done correctly makes for a magnificent looking puppy.
* Irish Wolfhound: Originally used to hunt wolves by the Celtics, this breed was later brought to Ireland by the Romans where it had been affected by the Great Dane and deerhound breeds. Makes a superb companion dog though he does have a tendency to prefer a single master. Well suited as a hunting dog or guard dog for Critter Removal Companies, but does require a whole lot of room to run.
As you can see from the picture above, the Irish Wolfhound is a large breed puppy reaching heights of 31-35 inches and weighing over 119 pounds.
* Kerry Beagle: One of the oldest native Irish breeds, the Kerry beagle is thought to be a descendant of the Celtic Hound. The Kerry beagle is commonly used for hunting and scent monitoring though she also makes a wonderful pet. One thing to consider is that she needs constant exercise – regular walks two to three times a day is a must.
The Kerry blue is now the symbol of Ireland. Though a bit stubborn, this breed is trainable to be a loyal part of the family. Frequently used as a hunting dog, retriever, guard dog, mouser, and police canine.
* Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier: A strong yet graceful dog, the soft-coated wheaten terrier is known to be a truly versatile dog and can be used as a guard dog, herding dog, and hunting dog. Fully adaptable, he’s happy indoors or outside and makes a wonderful 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 that it would be tough to pick a favorite. It is quite amazing that the Irish have so many different kinds of dogs on such a small island, all with varied personalities, uses and characteristics. No wonder that the Irish are these great dog lovers!