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The Dobhar-chu (also known as the "dobhar-chú", "dobarcu", and anglicised as "doyarchu", "dhuragoo" etc) is a water creature of Irish mythology and a cryptid.


Dobhar-chu is roughly translated into water hound. The modern Irish word for otter is dobharchú. The modern Irish word for water is uisce although dobhar is also (rarely) seen. Dobhar is a much older form and cognates are found in other celtic languages (e.g. Welsh, dwr, water). is hound in Irish (see, for example, Cuchulainn, the hound of Culainn).


Dobhar-chu resembles both a dog and an otter and has fur with protective properties.

Dobhar-chu comes in various colours, one phenotype is described as white with short fur, and has features quite like an otter and has a black or dark brown "cross-like" mark that runs down its neck and back.


  • The Kinlough Stone is claimed to be the headstone of a grave of a woman killed by the Dobhar-chu and shows an old drawing of the creature.
  • The Glenade Stone, found in Conwall cemetery in Glenade Co Leitrim, which depicts the cryptozoological Dobhar-chu, was found in Ireland. It is said to have been the headstone of a woman killed by the Dobhar-chu. Her name was supposedly Grace. Her husband heard her scream as she was washing clothes down at the Glenade lough and came to her aid. When he got there, she was already dead, with the Dobhar-chu upon her bloody and mutilated body. The man killed the Dobhar-chu, stabbing it in the heart. As it died, it made a whistling noise, and its mate arose from the lough. Its mate chased the man but he killed it as well.

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