Irish Dog Breeds

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! It’s always fun to celebrate Irish food, culture, and heritage, and perhaps indulge oneself with a Shamrock shake, a green beer, or perhaps a good brisket. Of course, our canine pals also love celebrating holidays with us. As it turns out, quite a few dogs are of Irish descent. A veterinarian lists some Irish dog breeds below.

Irish Dog Breeds

The AKC officially recognizes eight breeds that are native to Ireland. These include the pretty Irish Setter, an active, loyal field dog; the Irish Water Spaniel, a liver-colored pup that, as his name suggests, loves swimming; and the Irish Terrier, a dog whose loyalty and bravery led to them being used as messengers in World War I. Next in line, we have the Kerry Blue Terrier, a wonderful farm dog and guardian; and the larger-than-life Irish Wolfhound, a pooch that was so impressive that they were given as gifts to Roman Consulate members as far back as 391 A.D. Finally, we have the adorable Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, a big, goofy cotton ball dog that just loves life; and the adorable Glen of Imaal Terrier, a small but spirited hunting dog that makes a wonderful companion.

These cute dogs come in all sizes, from the little Glen of Imaal Terrier to the bigger Irish Wolfhound. One thing that many of them have in common? Long fur! Some of these pups are curly, while others have wavy coats or even straight locks.

Irish Dog Legends

Ireland, as you may know, has a rich background of fascinating myths and legends. Dogs pop up quite frequently in some of these tales. Some of Ireland’s legendary pooches include Bran and Sceolan, the warrior poet Fionn mac Cumhaill’s dogs; the Cŵn Annwn or Hounds of Annwn, a pack of supernatural dogs; and Prince Llewellyn’s faithful hound, Gelert.

Celebrating With Fido

Do you have an Irish pup? Get into the spirit of  the holiday, and give Fido something special. Corned beef is too salty for dogs, but some regular beef isn’t inappropriate, given that it’s a special occasion. A Shamrock shake also isn’t good for your canine buddy, but you can make your pup something with a little mint in it. Or, just snap some photos of your furry best friend with something green and festive in the background. Of course, no matter how you celebrate, don’t give your pooch any alcohol.

Do you have questions about your pup’s health or care? Contact us, your veterinary clinic, today.

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