This book for general readers and dog lovers profiles nine Irish dog breeds, all native to Ireland, including the Irish wolfhound, the Kerry blue terrier, the Irish red setter, the Glen of Imaal terrier
, the Irish terrier, and the Kerry Beagle.
Other traditional breeds under threat include the Sussex Spaniel (only 74 pups last year), the Glen of Imaal Terrier
(41) and the Smooth Collie (53).
Is it worth cloning our rare native breeds like the otterhound and Glen of Imaal terriers
? I'm even in two minds about that.
Glen of Imaal terriers are now rarer than giant pandas and experts fear they could be extinct within 10 years.
"Glen of Imaal terriers used to be extremely popular centuries ago but in recent years they've topped the vulnerable breeds list." The terriers were first bred in Ireland to hunt foxes and badgers.
There are about 1,600 giant pandas in the world and fewer than 1,000 Glen of Imaal terriers."
The Glen of Imaal terriers
, which originated in Ireland, are now so rare there are fewer of them in the world than giant pandas.
My latest issue of Dog World doesn't talk about "terriers." It discusses Airedale terriers, American pit bull terriers, Australian terriers, Bedlington terriers, border terriers, bull terriers, cairn terriers, Dandie Dinmont terriers, fell terriers, fox terriers, (smooth or wiry), Glen of Imaal terriers
Irish terriers, Jack Russell terriers, Kerry blue terriers, Lakeland terriers, Norfolk terriers, Norwich terriers, Scottish terriers (so well described by Wodehouse as looking like Presbyterians), Sealyham terriers, slky terriers, Skye terriers, Tibetan terriers, Welsh terriers, Yorkshire terriers.
DOG-lovers were celebrating yesterday after five Glen Of Imaal terriers - which are rarer than the giant panda - were born.
"Glen Of Imaal terriers used to be extremely popular centuries ago but in recent years they have been hanging around at the top of the vulnerable breeds list.