THE Emerald Isle has bred a lovely selection of dogs including Irish Terrier, Irish Setters, Irish Wolfhound, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and the Kerry Beagle. The Irish terrier is often used for hunting, tracking, police and military work and makes an excellent watchdog as well as household companion.
The Irish setter was originally used to point out birds to hunters, but is more often seen doting over the family and children in his care these days.
The Irish wolfhound is the National Dog of Ireland and was used by the Celts for hunting wolves and the extinct Irish elk due to its bravery and skills.
The Irish water spaniel is the tallest of the spaniels and renowned for being an excellent swimmer and being able to retrieve in very cold water.
The Glen of Imaal terrier was bred in the Glen of Imaal region in the
The Kerry blue terrier has curly poodle-like hair and was used historically to rid the barn of rats, hunt rabbits and birds as well as herd livestock.
He craves human companionship, but often is less keen with other dogs.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a family orientated dog that was used as a small game and all round farm dogs.
The Kerry Beagle is still used today to track game.
As a pack hound, they are excellent with families with other dogs, although they require a lot of exercise.