Terriers of Ireland

Irish TerrierIrish Terrier

Dogs have been part of the way of life in Ireland since prehistoric times. As the centuries rolled by, Irish dogs consisted of large hounds used for hunting by the wealthy land owners, and the general farm work of terriers for tenant farmers. As these were poor people who did not travel outside Ireland, the 4 distinctively different Irish breeds of terriers developed independently during the 1800's from the terriers of England and Scotland.

Irish Terrier with Girl

Irish Terrier

Make room in your heart for the perfect dog - the Irish Terrier! These jaunty debonair daredevils have a deep affection for their master and family and their owners are well rewarded by these intelligent animals' responsiveness and personality. Previously known as 'the Dare Devil', the Irish Terrier has a mind of his own especially when he sees a strange ... »» Read more...

Glen of Imaal Head

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Although rare, the Glen of Imaal is the only short legged breed native to Ireland. Additionally, he is the only terrier whose breed standard asks for a bow in the front legs. Particularly strongly built, he has became famous as the 'Turnspit' dog because he arguably worked in the treadmill of propelling a device which rotated the spit which turned ... »» Read more...

Kerry Blue at Show

Kerry Blue and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

A game terrier with 'an open coat' has been in existence in the South and South Western parts of Ireland since the earliest settlements. Their colour ranged from wheaten in all shades to that of bright red[1]. However, 'in County Kerry the black-blue colour was most prevalent, their coats were inclined to curl and the dogs themselves were undeniably game'[2]. ... »» Read more...


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