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8 Native Dog Breeds of Ireland

Everything you need to know about bringing an Irish dog into your home is covered here, from their origins and history to their appearance and grooming requirements.

The rich chestnut coat and powerful build of a duck hunter give Irish Setters their trademark grace and elegance. They are a friendly and loving breed that thrives on human company.

Irish Setter

Kerry Blue Terriers, so called because they originated in that Irish county, are known for their versatility. They can "hunt small game, herd sheep and calves, be a watchdog, and provide companionship." They have a gorgeous blue-gray coat.

Kerry Blue Terrier

Irish Terriers have been useful agricultural dogs in Ireland and beyond for centuries due to their perky ears, medium stature, and wirey wheat to red hair. Breeders praise them for their independent spirit and natural curiosity.

Irish Terrier

According to breeder Emily Holden of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, "the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a delightfully cheerful breed that is less intense than most Terrier breeds." However keep in mind that Terriers can be stubborn.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Irish Water Spaniels, also called "clowns," are characterized by a curly coat similar to that of the Poodle with a shaggy topknot. Many individuals in the world will never get the chance to view one of these animals because of how uncommon they are.

Irish Water Spaniel

The Wicklow Mountains in Ireland are the inspiration for the name "Glen," a breed of dog bred to hunt badgers and assist on the farm. They have the same no-nonsense appearance and low-maintenance wiry coat of little.

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Red and Whites have been a common sight in Ireland since the 1600s. The speckled pattern on their feathers helps bird watchers recognize them from great distances. Their more famous Red Setter relatives are more taller and leaner, however these dogs

Irish Red and White Setter

With their gentle demeanor, massive gallop, and towering stature (they may reach 180 pounds and 30 inches in height), it's hard not to fall in love with these massive Irish canines. Long ago, these hunters wiped out Ireland's wolf and big animal populations.

Irish Wolfhound

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