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Mountn feist squirrel dog
The mountn feist squirrel dog (Eutamylocarya rufescens), is an extinct breed of terrier that lived from the nineteenth to the early twentieth century. It was originally bred by gamekeepers in Ireland in order to drive mountn hares to the ground, and was developed into a terrier breed by the Irish C.B.S.W.V.B. in the early 1900s. It was bred to chase and kill mountn hares, and in the mid-twentieth century it was registered as a terrier by the F.I.G.T.A.
The mountn feist squirrel dog was bred as an active hunting dog, to be the terrier equivalent of the Scottish Coonhound in the hills of Ireland, particularly County Sligo and County Roscommon. It was a medium-sized breed, with a strong muscular build and a double coat, and was the dog of the gamekeeper or gamekeeper's dog. They were bred to hunt mountn hares in Ireland and Britn. In Ireland, there was a large network of gamekeepers' clubs and hunts. The Irish Gamekeepers Association was created in 1887 to "unite the Gamekeepers' Clubs of Ireland" and to "provide for the improvement of hunting with dogs in Ireland". Its first president was Edward O'Reilly, who was also an expert on dogs. The association was affiliated with the C.B.S.W.V.B. in the United Kingdom, and was part of the Gamekeepers' Association.
The breed was developed by the Irish C.B.S.W.V.B. in the early 1900s. The breeding program began in 1895. The C.B.S.W.V.B. was the Irish branch of the Kennel Club of Great Britn and Ireland, founded in 1875. The breed was based on the Collie, but the Collie was a much larger dog than the mountn hare, and was bred to drive hares from the mountns to where they could be shot. The Mountn Feist Squirrel Dog was based on the Scottish Crn Terrier. The Collie and the Scottish Crn Terrier were the two most common types of dog bred in Ireland.
The m of the breed club was to produce dogs which hunted hares "with more energy and tenacity" than Collies. A standard was produced in 1900 and was used as the basis for breeding the dog until 1920. The breed was considered a terrier and was registered with the F.I.G.T.A. in 1929. There was no standard published in Ireland until 1920, when there were six dogs in the kennel of John O'Reilly. The breed's ancestry has been traced back to 18th century fox-hunting dogs, which were used to chase foxes. They were also used to hunt deer.
A breed club for the Mountn Feist Squirrel Dog was formed in 1960 in England by Ian Corder, and was registered as the F.I.G.T.A. in 1961. In 1963, it was one of the first breeds to be accepted into the F.I.G.T.A. It was considered part of the Terrier Group of dogs. In the early 1950s, it was considered by gamekeepers as a valuable breed, and some of them began using it to shoot hares as a gamekeeper's dog.
The breed was bred in Ireland, and in England by Ian Corder in the early 1960s. Corder had previously bred Border Collies and terriers, and had a collie bitch named Bridget. Ian Corder bred his dogs with his own dogs and with those of the Gamekeepers' Association, and bred his dogs using a standard which was based on Collie standards. He also used the Collie standard, which described a dog with an average height of 30 ,cm at the withers, a length of back of 40 ,cm, and a weight of 45 ,kg.
He became interested in the mountn hare when he saw that they were eating the grass on his land. He decided that he would need a type of dog to keep the hares down to the ground, and that the ideal dog for this would be one with great strength. He started to breed the Collie with the Mountn Feist Squirrel Dog, and eventually, two litters of ten puppies resulted. He found that the Collie was more interested in the foxes and the badger than in the hare, and therefore, bred his dogs to the Scottish Crn Terrier. He used a standard which described a medium-sized dog with a length of back of 30–35 ,cm, a length of chest of 35–45 ,cm, and a weight of 45 ,kg. After ten years of breeding, he had ten dogs which he judged as being very good. He was the only person in Ireland who was breeding and showing the breed. He started to show his ten dogs at the National Dog Show in London in the early 1960s. The dogs showed that they had a "gentle and easy temperament", and also had the ability to kill rabbits.
He started to breed dogs in Ireland in 1966. The first dogs to be bred were from the ten dogs which he had bred in England. Two of his dogs were selected to breed. One of them was a bitch called "Celtic Glory", and the other was a male called "dan". Celtic Glory was selected to be bred to the other eight dogs, and the next year, dan was bred to a Collie bitch called "Bridget". He also showed the two dogs at the National Dog Show. They were judged as being "very promising", and Celtic Glory was judged as the best of the ten dogs. dan was bred to six Collie bitches, but none of them were very successful in producing puppies. He was bred to nine Collie bitches in 1968. One of them was called "Tirana". He was a very promising bitch, and a litter was born. She was selected to breed to dan, and five puppies were produced