With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner we at Dogstuff thought it would be a good idea to pay tribute to some of the top Irish dog breeds. We have dog collectibles for people of all tastes but with the popular Irish/American holiday coming up we knew our customers would appreciate a look at these special animals. So without further ado, here are the top Irish dog breeds.
Irish Red Setter: What says an Irish dog breed more than these intelligent, elegant, auburn-haired bird dogs? These canines are known for their good nature and their ability to get along with children.
Irish Wolfhound: A shorter-haired breed than the Setter, Wolfhounds are massive dogs. They can grow to weigh up to 100lbs. Despite their size, they are generally even tempered and loyal and are best for owners who have lots of space for them to play around in and explore.
Irish Water Spaniel: The tallest of spaniels, Irish Water Spaniel make excellent hunting dogs because of their webbed feet which help them in water. However, they can be somewhat high maintenance since their curly hair needs to be combed regularly in order to prevent matting.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier: For people who prefer a mid-sized dog, there is this native of Ireland. These dogs, which have a somewhat wooly coat, are a favorite for people who desire a dog but may have children with allergies in the household. Note that because of their energetic and feisty nature, they may require patience when training.
Kerry Blue Terrier: This mid-sized terrier breed was originally developed as a eradicator of small pests such as rabbits, rats, badgers, etc. They are called Kerry Blue because their coat – which is actually silver-colored – resembles light shades of blue.
Kerry Beagle: One of the oldest Irish hound breeds, Kerry Beagles are a larger, longer hound than beagles that are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). These dogs are often very good in households with children but do require plenty of regular exercise.
Jack Russell Terrier: Known to some as the “Frasier” dog, the Jack Russell is a small
terrier breed that was originally developed to be used in fox hunting. This long-lived dog breed is energetic and sometimes stubborn.
Glen of Imaal Terrier: Also known as a “Wicklow Terrier”, this medium sized breed originates in Glen of Imaal in County Wicklow, Ireland. They are energetic and tenacious and even a bit stubborn but can be trained by determined owners.
These are some of our favorite Irish dog breeds brought to you just a few weeks before St. Patrick’s Day. You can find collectibles that celebrate this most Irish/America of holidays at our store.