April 14, 2021

Top Ten Irish Dog Breeds

Ireland is known for its green hills and wild nature. So it’s no wonder most dogs originating on this island are hunting dogs. Now I will show the top ten Irish dog breeds.

10. Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel Ancestors of Persian dogs. That was brought to Ireland from Spain. They are considered to be rare today. There are not many Irish Water Spaniels registered. It’s one of the largest of all spaniels, and as you can guess from their name, swimmers. It’s also thanks to their webbed feet And the right build.

9. Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier. In Ireland, They were sometimes referred to as ‘Poor man’s war hound.’ It very works as a farm dog (?) They were used as herders, livestock guardians, or vermin hunters. Soft-coated wheaten terriers are playful and energetic dogs. They are definitely not aggressive, But they are very protective of their family.

8. Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound The great dane, this is the oldest (?) of all dog breeds. It’s one of the oldest of the Irish breeds as well. They were originally bred to hunt wolves. They were very popular among Irish nobility, But once the wolf went extinct, they had no purpose (Sad) And what the Irish wolfhound almost went extinct as well (Oh no!) But in the 19th century, they were revived (Yay), And today they are one of the most recognizable symbols of Ireland

7. Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier was bred to hunt rats, rabbits, foxes, badgers, and other vermin. They are typical terriers And have a strong will and high spirit They are very affectionate and loyal towards their people And do you know why they are named ‘Kerry?’ Is because they were first observed on the Kerry Islands.

6. Irish Setter

Irish Setter If you were to ask me to name a dog from Ireland, Irish Setter would be the first one on my mind. They are very popular outside Ireland, for example, In the USA (‘Merica) They are amazing, outgoing, and playful dogs, and they are great with other dogs or children. The only problem might be if you have a cat in your home (No! Not kittie…) Because Irish Setters is a hunter after all. (Ah yes, of course.)

5. Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter (Same thing, right?) If you are not counting the color, this breed looks Almost identical to Irish Setters. And their personalities are almost the same as well. (So, same dog breeds?) (Nope.) But if you look at Irish Kennel Clubs say The Irish Red and White setter Is the alter(?) from these two purebred dogs. Their original purpose was to be gun dogs pew And they are great at it. (Good boys?)

4. Kerry Beagle

Kerry Beagle For me, this is the least known dog from Ireland. It’s an ancient scent hound, and it’s believed they were brought to America by Irish migrants, and they are one of Coonhounds’ ancestors. They still have their strong hunting instincts, which means they are not for everyone (Follow this guy. He’s pretty cool.) and they definitely need a lot of daily exercises.

3. Glen

Glen of Imaal Terrier Most of them are called ‘Glen.’ This dog originated from Glen of Imaal in the counter wake (?) They are HARD workers and really love to work, And you should give them some work to do to be happy. 🙂 As for all terriers on this list, They have their livelihood, high prey drive, and very affectionate And guard their family and owners.

2. Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier. I already mention three other terriers from Ireland, So how do we differentiate the Irish Terrier from the others? Well, Irish Terriers is the only one with an all-red coat. As with all Terriers on this list, They were bred to hunt vermin, And they were messenger dogs during the world war. Nowadays, they are great companions.

1. Celtic Hounds

Celtic Hounds are already extinct, but they are possible ancestors of dogs like Irish Wolfhounds, Scottish Deerhounds, Or Greyhounds. They can be found on elderly paintings or jewelry from the past, and they symbolize healing and guarding.