The Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day every year on March 17. Dog lovers can also join in the fun by celebrating Irish dog breeds.
Some Irish dog breeds include Irish Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Wohlfhound, Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and Irish Red & White Setter.
Perhaps the most popular is the Irish Terrier, which is very bold, assertive and strong-willed, and grew in popularity in the 1880’s. It was recognized by the AKC in 1885, and later was a mascot for the Notre Dame football team.
The Irish Setter is the most fun-loving, active dog of the Irish breeds. This pooch needs plenty of exercise and play time and very loyal.
A breed recognized in 1884 by the AKC, the Irish Water Spaniel is often referred to as the “Shannon Spaniel,” the “Whip-tail Spaniel,” and the “Rat-Tail Spaniel.” This breed is a water dog, with great agility in the water and in the field.
Irish Wolfhound are the most historic of the breeds. They were documented in the year 391 A.D. where they were dogs of the Roman Counsel. They are large and tall with males a minimum of 32” tall and 120 pounds.
Hunting is the Kerry Blue Terrier’s main task. Small game and birds primarily, this breed is known for its agility in the hunting field.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has a strong connection to St. Patty’s Day as its first appearance in the show ring was at the Irish Kennel Club Championship on March 17, 1937.