Today is the day that has us all thinking of the motherland, looking for a pot of gold, drinking green beer, contemplating luck and clovers, and…has us all believing we are all Irish on St. Patrick's Day. We're going with it! We also thought that we would recognize those that have their roots deeply planted in the rolling green hills of Ireland. That's right, what better day than today to recognize and celebrate Irish Dog Breeds!
The most recognized Irish breed, known for its beautiful long mahogany coat and excellent pointing and sporting skills. These dogs are very fun-loving and active!
Photo credit: Gunner running by Melanie.
Glen of Imaal Terrier
This unique breed, recognized as being longer than they are tall were originally bred to keep pests away from the home and farm. Named after a valley in the Wicklow mountains of Ireland, the "Glen" is a hard working yet docile breed.
Irish Water Spaniel
Another one of the original recognized breeds by the AKC in 1884, this breed is known for its wit, intelligence, tight curls and tapered "rat" tail. The sporting breed has been known for hunting on land and water for centuries.
An important dog to Irish history, this breed used to carry messages between troops during World War I, and more recently, the breed served many years as the mascot for Notre Dame football. Loving, loyal and brave, this breed shares the common characteristics of terriers.
Kerry Blue Terrier
Hailing from Kerry County, Ireland, this "bearded" beauty is known for its hunting, herding and protecting. The faded slate gray blue coloring makes it distinct along with its sloped and beaded snout.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Not surprisingly, this breed gets its name from the silky soft coat, in a wheaten color. This is a true St. Patrick's Day dog, as it first appeared in a show ring on the holiday in Ireland in 1937.
Irish Red & White Setter
The lineage of this breed is full of myths and mystery as is the land where it hails from, but it's known that for centuries, this breed was a companion hunter. They make great family dogs and are loving and active.
The tallest of all dog breeds, this galloping dog can be more than 32" tall. This commanding breed is loyal, social and intelligent, with historical references dating back to 391 A.D.
For more information on these breeds or any dog breeds, head to the AKC website.
Irish Wolfhound photo courtesy Flickr- Schneemann2007
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