Used in Ireland as pit fighters, game killers, and turnspits (where they would walk in circles to turn the spit of dinner), and very friendly family companion, this breed could do much of what people wanted dogs for. Because of its uninspired appearance, this dog has been left unaltered while most other breeds were crossed with each other.
A great dog for people who don’t want a barker, this dog is a balance between manic activity and quiet time. Taken outside, it can run with the energy of a small child, but once inside, it is calm and happy to be beside its master. They tend to love kids. They are smart enough to learn fast, but stubborn enough to refuse to do what is asked.