A best friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have. Fortunately, four-legged friends aren’t as tough to come by as four-leaf clovers.
According to the American Kennel Club, there are currently 197 registered dog breeds hailing from all over the world.
In the spirit of ole St. Patty’s Day, we thought it’d be fun to take a closer look at these eight dog breeds native to Ireland.
Irish Red and White Setter
(Photo courtesy of AKC.org)
Although it took until 2009 for the AKC to recognize this breed, the Irish Red and White Setter has actually been around since the 17th century.
Like all Setters, these handsome fellas are known as prized gundogs. But for their red and white coat, they have nearly the identical temperament as the Irish Setter, and the Gordon and English Setters.
Glen of Imaal Terrier
(Photo courtesy of thekennelclub.org.uk)
Sometimes called the Wicklow Terrier, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is originally from a valley in, you guessed it, the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland.
This little cutie pie was first recognized by the Irish Kennel Club in 1934, then the AKC in 2004, and most recently by the Canadian Kennel Club in 2017.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
(Photo courtesy of animalhealthcenternh.com)
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has a very special connection to St. Patrick’s Day, making their debut appearance in the show ring at the Irish Kennel Club Championship on March 17, 1937.