About Dunloe Irish Terriers
In 1979 Bernie acquired his first Irish Terrier (Brocaire Rua Irish Gaelic for Irish Terrier) Molly McGee she came from a Breeder in Western Virginia. Molly shared a house with Asta a Wire Hair Fox Terrier for 16 years. As the years passed we developed an interest in showing, my partner Amy and I focused on a different breed through the 1990’s and owned and showed Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
When our last Chessie “Harper” died we revisited the possibility of bringing an Irish back into the house. Over a Labor Day weekend I looked for Irish puppies but during that search I saw there was an IT who came into ITCA rescue due to the death of his owner. Over that weekend we had conversations with the ITCA rescue group and on Monday of Labor Day weekend we brought Rufus home. Rufus was the perfect fit for us. He was funny smart stubborn, loved to socialize with friends and children and a real Irish Gentleman. In fact, he would travel with me in my job at the time and was a big hit when we would visit clients. He became known as Rufus the “Donut Dog.”
In 2002 we brought Derry home Derry and Rufus became fast friends, Rufus served as both mentor and disciplinarian. They would play constantly. One of the favorite games was chasing each other around the kitchen table. Derry being a puppy, she would dart under the table and watch Rufus continue his circumnavigation of the kitchen. A picture of Rufus and Derry can be viewed on our Memory page.
Derry was the foundation of Dunloe Kennel; her daughter Mura, Mura’s daughter, Nora has given us Anya our current show dog.
While we breed occasionally you are welcome to return for information on upcoming litters and perhaps you will join the line of people who have grown to love and respect this very special breed of dog.
You are welcome to view pictures of all our current and past dogs. Links are displayed on the left side of the homepage. Please enjoy them because each and every one occupies a very special place in the continuing story of Dunloe Irish Terriers.
Dunloe Irish Terriers are bred for their Conformation to the Standard. Our puppies are bred primarily for their show potential and we also pay a great deal of attention to temperament since not all puppies are destined for the show ring. But all are companions.
Obtaining a puppy from us begins with a phone conversation after which the application found here is completed and reviewed. We require a one-on-one visit to meet with us. We ask this because we strive to match people (Families) and their lifestyle to a suitable puppy. It allows us the opportunity to meet people who may get one of our puppies. These requirements give you and your family the chance to interact with the adult dogs to help judge for yourself if an Irish is for you. Please visit the Irish Terrier Club of America web site found on our links page. The ITCA site offers a wealth of information on this special breed of dog.
We are active members of the Irish Terrier Club of America, Irish Terrier Club of New York and The Lancaster (PA) Kennel Club, Bernie serves as Vice President of the ITCA , ITCNY Board of Directors and Board Member of Lancaster Kennel Club.