St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, a time when we celebrate all things Irish. Here are some native Irish dog breeds that we love all year long.
- The Irish Wolfhound
This breed can be traced back to nearly 5,000 years! Irish Wolfhounds were once quite the menace on the battlefield. In recent centuries, however, their ferocity has subsided, leaving behind a big teddy-bear of a dog and while their looks can be intimidating, that’s where their guard dog abilities end.
- The Irish Setter
This dog is known for its beautiful mahogany coat, but these dogs have the personality to match their looks. The Irish Setter is about as affectionate a breed as any in the whole species so much so that separation anxiety can bring up some destructive tendencies so make sure you have plenty of space for this dog to run out its energy.
- The Kerry Blue Terrier
This breed emerged some time in the 1700’s. Legend has it that a Russian shipwrecked in Kerry’s Tralee Bay, an exotic blue-coated dog frantically paddled its way ashore. They say the gallant survivor had such a gorgeous coat that it was promptly mated with almost every fine local female of reproductive age creating the beautiful blue hue to their coats.
- The Irish Water Spaniel
Like their name suggests these dogs LOVE the water. Their curly coat helps protect them when they were used for hunting water fowl. One of the older breeds of spaniels, they are active and lovable dogs and known for being Inquisitive, Alert, Quick, Clownish, Active, and Intelligent.
- The Irish Terrier
Irish Terriers are action-fiends that require tons of physical activity. Irish Terriers are smarter than most, but they are so active that it makes them hard to train. With the right training however, their quickness and energy make them perfect dogs for agility competitions.
- The Wheaten Terrier
This athletic dog is full of playful energy. This breed can bark all day at strangers but will almost certainly not attack a human, unless there is an extreme provocation. Wheatens excel at a number of outdoor and obedience activities. One weakness that comes to mind is hot weather. They have been known to overheat.