Happy St. Patrick’s Day! To celebrate the occasion we decided to highlight the beautiful dog breeds native to Ireland.
Irish dog breeds
According to the Irish Kennel Club, there are 9 breeds of dogs that originate in Ireland. There are two Hounds – Irish Wolfhound and Kerry Beagle; three Gundogs – Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Red Setter and Irish Red & White Setter; and four Terriers – Irish Terrier, Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier.
Let’s get to know one of each category!
The Irish Kennel Club says these large wolfhounds were probably bred by Irish Celts and were established in Ireland in the first century A.D.
We know the continental Celts kept a greyhound probably descended from the greyhound first depicted in Egyptian paintings. – Irish Kennel Club.
Irish Red Setter
According to the Kennel Club, the Irish Red Setter was developed in Ireland as a working dog for hunting game. It says this breed was clearly identifiable in the 18th Century.
The Irish Red Setter has evolved down the years into a hardy, healthy, intelligent dog, possessed of excellent working ability and great stamina – Irish Kennel Club
Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
This breed is known as the oldest of the four Irish terriers. In 1937, the Irish Kennel Club recognized this as an official breed.
The history of the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has been somewhat obscured by its closeness to the other Irish Terrier breeds – Irish Kennel Club.
Irish Water Spaniel
The Kennel Club says, “The first Irish reference to ‘water dogs that pursue water fowl’ dates from 1600.” The most unique feature of the Water Spaniel is their rat-like tail.
The tail has given rise to the names “ Whip Tail” and “ Rat Tail” – Irish Kennel Club.
Pet Safety – St. Patrick’s Day
Also, check out our blog on tips to keep your pets safe on St. Patrick’s Day!