Ireland is an island to the north-west of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and twentieth-largest island on Earth. To the east is the larger island of Great Britain, from which it is separated by the Irish Sea. Ireland is the most westerly member of the European Union, with a well-developed economy and a population slightly over 4 million. In the Constitution of the Republic the country’s name is Ireland (Eire), although the name of Irish Republic is used in order to avoid confusion with North Ireland and the whole of the island. Its capital and largest city is Dublin.
There are seven dog breeds that originate in Ireland. Most of these dogs are primarily hunting dogs, some of the best and most appreciated hunting dogs in the world: dogs such as the Irish Wolfhound, the Irish Water Spaniel or my personal favorite the Irish Setter. Although all of Ireland’s dogs were originally hunting dogs, one of them has become a much desired companion, and of course I am referring to the Glen of Imaal Terrier. Although he had been used to hunt rodents, badgers or foxes, its personality and cuddly appearance turned it into one of today’s spoiled pets.