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5 Irish Dog Breeds To Celebrate St Patrick’s Day

5 Irish Dog Breeds To Celebrate St Patrick’s Day

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, we’re taking a look at some Irish Dog Breeds. Here are just five Irish Dog Breeds we love.

Irish Wolfhound

This is one of my personal favourite Irish Dog Breeds.

Primarily a sighthound the Irish Wolfhound was used to hunt game such as Deer as well as protecting their clan from wolves. They have a strong prey instinct and can run as fast as Greyhounds. Their long necks and great sight allows them to see prey and their speed made them great hunters. Their size can make them appear somewhat intimidating, and their past had them being used in war to drag men off of horses and chariots, but, these dogs are gentle giants. They are one of the biggest dog breeds in the world standing taller than the Great Dane at 32 inches tall!
Although they do things in their own time and are very laid back, they do need a lot of exercise.

Irish Water Spaniel

One of the oldest breeds of spaniel, the Irish Water Spaniel was originally bred to retrieve water foul in marshland. They have a distinct crisply curled coat uniquely adaptable to being wet, with a tapering tail commonly known as a ‘rat tail’.  A champion swimmer and very affectionate.  These dogs do not cope well being left alone. Requiring an abundance of both mental and physical stimulation, Irish Water Spaniels are also known for their sense of humour and playfulness, making them a great family pet.

Irish Water Spaniel

One of the oldest breeds of spaniel, the Irish Water Spaniel was originally bred to retrieve water foul in marshland. They have a distinct crisply curled coat uniquely adaptable to being wet, with a tapering tail commonly known as a ‘rat tail’.  A champion swimmer and very affectionate.  These dogs do not cope well being left alone. Requiring an abundance of both mental and physical stimulation, Irish Water Spaniels are also known for their sense of humour and playfulness, making them a great family pet.

Kerry Beagle

The Kerry Beagle is said to be one of Ireland’s oldest native canine breeds, possibly even older than the Irish Wolfhound. Despite its name, the Kerry Beagle bears no connection to the Beagle. The name is thought to come from the Irish word ‘beag’, meaning small. The Kerry Beagle has drop ears which are similar to a Beagle’s, but that is where the comparisons stop.
An intelligent breed developed for scenting and hunting, this breed will appreciate having a job to do, a great partner for obedience or agility sports.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has a special connection to St. Patrick’s Day, having first appeared in the show ring at the Irish Kennel Club Championship on March 17, 1937. Affectionately known as Wheaties these dogs don’t shed so are suitable for anyone with allergies. They are quick learners, very alert and spirited. A fun-loving great family pet.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has a special connection to St. Patrick’s Day, having first appeared in the show ring at the Irish Kennel Club Championship on March 17, 1937. Affectionately known as Wheaties these dogs don’t shed so are suitable for anyone with allergies. They are quick learners, very alert and spirited. A fun-loving great family pet.

Irish Red Setter

One of the older setter breeds, Red Setters were originally bred by crossing Setting Spaniels and Scottish Setters. Their main role was hunting. Their stunning rich auburn coat makes them instantly recognisable. Lively and full of energy,  Red Setters need lots of exercise. Known for their intelligence, but they’re also mischievous and independent and slow to mature.

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