Get to Know Dog Breeds Originating From Ireland in Honor of St. Patrick's Day

These pups have plenty of luck on their side! Get to know a handful of dog breeds from Ireland in honor of St. Patrick's Day!

March 17, 2020
By: Nesa Nourmohammadi

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Glen of Imaal Terrier

Don't let this dog's size fool you - the Glen of Imaal terrier was built to be tough! Originating from County Wicklow, Ireland more than 300 years ago, this breed was used for all sorts of tasks, from farming to hunting. Today, you're more likely to find a Glen sitting on the couch when they're not on the move with their humans.

Irish Setter

Bred in Ireland to hunt game, the Irish Setter is more docile and easygoing than its origins suggest. Today, they're more likely to fetch a tennis ball or frisbee than prey!

Irish Terrier

The American Kennel Club has called the Irish Terrier "the Daredevil of the Emerald Isle" and for good reason. The Irish Terrier was used as a messenger dog during World War I, because it could withstand the noise and chaos of battle.

Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound is by far the largest of the Irish breeds and one of the largest worldwide! But don't let that size intimidate you - behind that wirey coat and big body is a gentle giant who loves to be with its humans.

Kerry Blue Terrier

Maybe considered one of the lesser known dog breeds from Ireland, the Kerry Blue Terrier dates back to the mid-19th century when it was bred to catch rats and work on farms. But today we know it more for its beautiful coat and look.

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is a great combination of brain and brawn. While it can run and play with tons of energy, this terrier is considered intelligent and indepenedent, if they're not trained early.

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