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Nine native breeds originate from Ireland.  From the Kerry Blue to the Irish Setter, Native Irish Dog breeds are considered hardy, excellent working dogs and make wonderful companions.    These remarkable breeds, Irish Glen of Immal Terrier, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, the Kerry Beagle, the Kerry Blue Terrier, the Irish Terrier, the Irish Water Spaniel, the Red and White Irish Setter, the Irish Setter and the Irish Wolfhound have all found their way into Irish folklore and the hearts  of the Irish people.

The Irish Wolfhound,  who symbolises all things Irish, was said to have arrived on these shores in 7000BC, while the  legendary Michael Collins owned a Kerry Blue named “Convict 224”.  The majestic  Irish Setter,  is another instantly recognisable “Irish breed”, which has become famous all over the globe.

To celebrate Ireland’s heritage and rich tradition in breeding these wonderful breeds;  a special 2013 Irish Native Breeds Show will be held in the Irish Kennel Club on September 14th and 15th.  In conjunction with “The Gathering”, this championship show, has thrown open its doors to Irish and International competitors, with an ambition to bring the very best of Irish Native Breeds to the Irish Kennel Club’s Showground for this  momentous event.  A range of Irish and International breed specialists will join forces to judge this event which will not only encompass breed confirmation classes for these magnificent breeds, but also working tests and field trials –  showing these beautiful dogs working in their native environment.

A must for anyone with an interest in dogs, and particularly native breeds, this showcase will bring together everything that is best about the Irish dog, and illustrate why these native Irish Breeds are of huge international significance.

If your club would like to be involved in celebrating this momentous occasion then please consider sponsoring special rosettes, sashes or a trophy for your breed.

For more information on the event and a schedule, please visit

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Sinead Taggart (

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Irish Breeds Are Us!

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is the proud “other” cousin of the Terriers of Ireland. Many people in the street have heard of the Kerry Blue and probably the Irish Terrier. At a push they can maybe give a name to the Wheaten hairy one but Glens????? We don’t care (much) because we were officially there before our better known blonde cousin and have always been able to punch our weight! Over the next twelve months or so there will be a couple of unique occasions to see all the “Irishmen” together.

The FCI European Winners Show is being held in Dublin under the auspices of the Irish Kennel Club and full details for that can be seen here. Obviously all the Irish breeds will be there but they will be mixed up amongst the others as they are at shows over here. “The family” though will be the only dogs seen at the special KC Show for Native Irish Breeds. This show is a KC one so will be run differently from the IKC one. Payment will be in sterling rather than euros and CCs will be awarded. Full details can be found here.

The Euro Winners is on the 30/31 May. Entries close April 17th

The KC CC Show is on 31 May. Entries close April 10th (postmark)

The Irish Glen Association is also holding a Specialty on 29 May. Entries close April 25th.

2010 marks the 55th Anniversary of the recognition of the Soft Coated Wheaten and they are having hoping to have “one heck of a bash”. The Kennel Club have allowed a special show to mark the occasion and the Wheatens, Kerries, Irish and Glens are all holding shows at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on April 18th.

The judge for Glens is Roger Bill; an interesting choice indeed. Roger hasn’t owned a Glen since the late 80s/early 90s so will bring a totally new eye onto the animals now in the ring. The President of the Irish Kennel Club, Sean Delmar, will be judging Best In Show and the numerous Stakes classes it is hoped will be scheduled.

The Native Breeds Trust will also be in attendance and it is anticiapted the programme will grow even more as the date approaches. Mark the diaries now.