Black & Tan Irish Terriers
This page is devoted to our Black & Tan Irish Terriers. I believe that
this color pattern is a throwback to another time in the history of the
Irish terrier. We have been raising Irish for a little while and are
acquainted with several other people that have been involved with
these dogs for sometime as well. Prior to seeing this group from this
specific bloodline I had not come across any that looked quite like this.
It started when our son brought a new girl into our breeding program.
She had some dark hair, maybe more than average but she was still
very red. We crossed her with Jackson, a dog that we have had at
least 100 puppies from and waited for the expected result. She gave
birth to 2 pups, very typical, about what you would expect and then the
third one came and what was this! She was not just very dark, but
mostly black. She ended up with 5 puppies and only one black and tan.
I figured this was just one of those unexplainable things, probably
never happen again. The next time she had eight pups and three of
them were black & tan. I began to do a bit of research on Irish terrier
history. Most of the articles I found went something like these.
|This is our first litter of pups
with a "BT" in it.
“ BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : Ireland has produced four Terrier
breeds, all of which are markedly different from terriers on the continent
and in England. The dog now officially called Irish Terrier is possibly the
oldest of the Irish terrier breeds but records are so scarce that it would
be difficult to prove this conclusively. Before the 1880s the colour of the
Irish Terrier had not been settled. Apart from red they were sometimes
black and tan and sometimes brindle. At the end of the 19th century
efforts were made to breed out the black and tan and the brindles so
that by the 20th century all Irish Terriers showed the red coat. The red
coated Irish Terrier soon made its appearance on show benches in
England and in the United States where it was enthusiastically received.
The Irish Terrier’s reputation was enhanced during the First World War
when they were used as messenger dogs in the terrifying noise and
confusion of trench warfare, thus proving both their intelligence and their
fearlessness. The first breed club was set up in Dublin on March 31st
1879 and the Irish Terrier was the first member of the terrier group to be
recognised by the English Kennel Club in the late 19th century as a
native Irish Breed.”
“Daredevil, Water Wizard, hunter of rat, and rouser of lion, the true
fighting Irish Terrier has no equal for size or glory. His lineage is long as
well with a bloodline stretching two thousand years and an ancestor-a
wire-haired black and tan curmudgeon known as the Old English
Terrier. Although this worthy is now extinct, his blood still bristles and
burns in the lion-hearted Irish Terrier.”
"However it is two other names which dominate that period of Irish
Terrier history and indeed left a permanent heritage. They are Killiney
Boy and Champion Erin. From these two, one or the other or both, have
descended most of today's pedigreed Irish terriers.
Killiney Boy's dam was a wire haired black and tan terrier, which
explains the occasional black and tan terriers which appear in his line."
These are the female pups from
our first litter with a "BT" in it.
|"KONA" our original BT Irish
|Fallon is the dam of the "BT"
|Dublin is our "Black" sire.
I will be the first to admit that I’m not sure what is going on with this
black & tan color coming from my red Irish. I think we may have
happened on to two Irish carrying this recessive color gene. The main
thing is we love the color and the dogs that have it. We are going to
try to breed this into some of our Irish and see if we can get “Black &
Tans” more often. We have kept a male and a female from the latest
litter and we will see what happens. We may never see this color
again, or in a few years we may be able to have “black & tans” on a
regular basis. You are invited to watch our web-site for updates on
our progress. I will post pictures of our BT’s from time to time, and let
you know of any new arrivals. If any of you have seen any Irish like
this or have an insight into this situation please let us know. We
always welcome constructive input.
|Feel free to visit any of these pages to learn more.