d2Dobhar-Chu of Ireland

The Dohbar-Chu which is known by many monikers such as; Anchu, water dog, Irish dog, doyarchu – is a cryptid rumored to inhabit the Irish lakes from the ancient times and is today believed to be possibly extinct.

Many descriptions of the creature suggest that they are typically black with one or several patches of white on their exterior (some reports these patches located on or near its chest.) Like a dog, its hindquarters were described to be larger in size as opposed to its forequarters; perhaps similar to that of a gray-hound. Its head however is described as similar to that of an otter, and its feet larger than normal which would be expected in an aquatic mammal. The neck is described as long and the tail also long with a possible tuft at the end.

The Dobhar-Chu are said to be rather aggressive towards humans and dogs. Typically, they will attack in groups of two or even more, usually when the original attacking Dobhar-Chu becomes tired. They will drag their victim into the water and if the victim gets away, they are known to follow him/her until they are caught again. According to The Cryptid Zoo the Dobhar-Chu are very loyal to another, if you were to kill one of the attacking Dobhar-Chus, their friends will seek revenge even with a disadvantage on land even if they are in danger themselves. In one such report, a Dobhar-Chu chased down the men who killed his mate for at least 20 miles to get revenge.

Because of the consistency of eyewitness accounts of the Dobhar-Chu, there are cryptozoologits who suggest that perhaps the creature is really a new species of giant otter while others remain in the belief that perhaps it is really a variety of a baby Loch Ness monster or a lake monster of the like. In recent years, the sightings are sparse, yet some have claimed to have seen the creature near Achill Island which is located just off the western coast of Ireland.

d1The Dobhar-Chu has been reportedly related to two known grave-sites in which their stones feature an image of the creature. However; the most interesting tale is the one taken from Patrick Tohall in 1948: ‘A woman named Grainne, wife of a man of the McLoghlins, who lived with her husband in the townland of Creevelea at the north-west corner of Glenade Lake, took some clothes down to the lakeshore to wash them. As she did not return her husband went to look for her and found her bloody body by the lakeside with the Dobhar-chú asleep on her breast. Returning to the house for his dagger he stole silently on the Dobhar-chú and drove the knife into its breast. Before it died, however, it whistled to call its fellow; and the old people of the place, who knew the ways of the animals, warned McLoghlin to fly for his life. He took to horse, another mounted man accompanying him. The second Dobhar-chú came swimming from the lake and pursued the pair. Realizing that they could not shake it off they stopped near some old walls and drew their horses across a door ope. The Dobhar-chú rushed under the horses’ legs to attack the men, but as it emerged from beneath them one of the men stabbed and killed it’ note – originally posted in


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