The farmers of the counties of Munster--Tipperary, Cork, Waterford, Limerick and Kerry--used terriers as general farm dogs. They protected people and property, worked cattle, kept down vermin, hunted badgers and foxes, and were even used as gun dogs Farmers in Ireland kept no records, so the history of many all-around farm dogs gradually became four recognizable terrier breeds, their origins were lost to obscurity. However, speculation is that the three long-legged terriers of the Emerald Isle - the Irish, the Kerry Blue, and the Soft Coated Wheaten - and the short legged Glen of Imaal all spring from the same basic terrier stock.Because the Wheaten was a very common dog in Ireland its humble beginnings were probably from a very mixed ancestry with Wheatens being allowed to mate freely with whatever other dogs were around. In contrast the breeding of the Kerry Blue Terrier and Irish Terrier were deliberately controlled at an early time so that they were recognised as separated breeds earlier than the Soft Coated Wheaten.
This Celtic house plaque comes in an OVAL shapes 350 mm x 230 mm (14 x 9 inch approx) and is made from Irish limestone quarried from Co. Kilkenny. Irish limestone is millions of years old and is known for its durability. Limestone is a sedimentary rock comprised of mineral calcite. The calcite in Irish limestone is most commonly marine organisms. Irish limestone usually has the fossilised shells of the organisms visibly embedded within the stone making this house plaque unique and an interesting addition to your home or an interesting and unusual present for a loved one. All our limestone is supplied by God and nature and worked by man.