of Imaal Terrier
A terrier bred with a strong influence of Wheaten
and Staffordshire Bull Terrier
terrier men and women in Ireland used Maureen Holmes
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers mated to Staffordshire
Bull Terries to produce a small terrier called the
Glen of Imaal Terrier.
this period in time the I.K.C was issuing green
star points to those dogs who competed and were
successful in the badger trials of Ireland.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier was one of the major
dogs used in the trials with the exception to a
few other terrier breeds such as the Kerry Blue,
the Wheaton, Fox Terrier etc...
though the stafford fancy were in general happy
enough with their dogs performances, there was always
that unsaid word (breed) among the staffie enthusiasts
as to which other breed of dog would match a stafford
in the badger trials. When in asking the stafford
fancy which breed they thought would match the staffords
performances, a majority of the fancy said the Wheaten
Terrier, the stories told around the drinking bars
of terrier folk would reflect on the dogs they had
seen at the trials and would always comment on the
performance of the Wheaten Terriers, a dog of share
determination and the courage of a lion, an extremely
terrier enthusiasts seen how the Wheaten performed
as a game dog and put together a number of planned
matings, one of those enthusiasts to take that step
to use the Wheaten over a staffordshire bull terrier
was Tom & Eithne Cleary of the Granitefields
kennels, the Cleary's used the Wheaten Terriers
from one of the most influential Irish breeders
of Soft Coated Wheatens, Maureen Holmes.
are many opinions on how the breed came about but
the Glen of Imaal Terrier has a strong influence
of the Wheaten Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull
me photographs of your terriers and types and crosses
used if known and if you use them in the field or
for hunting would be great to hear from you.
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