St. Patrick’s Day is just a few days off! It’s always fun to celebrate Irish heritage, history, and culture, and perhaps indulge oneself with a Shamrock shake or some corned beef. Of course, our canine companions love celebrating holidays with us. As it turns out, quite a few dogs are of Irish descent. A veterinarian lists some beloved Irish dog breeds below.
There are 8 Irish pups officially recognized by the AKC. These include the Irish Setter, an active, loyal field dog; the Irish Water Spaniel, a liver-colored pup that loves swimming; and the Irish Terrier, a sweet dog whose loyalty and bravery led to them being used as messengers in World War I. Next, we have the adorable Kerry Blue Terrier, a wonderful farm dog and guardian; and the larger than life Irish Wolfhound, a regal pup with a long history. In fact, these dogs are so impressive that they were given as gifts to Roman Consulate members back in 391 A.D. Finally, we have the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, a big, goofy cotton ball that just loves life; and the charming Glen of Imaal Terrier, a small but high-spirited hunting dog that makes a wonderful companion.
These dogs come in all sizes, from the little Glen of Imaal Terrier to the bigger Irish Wolfhound. One thing that many of them have in common? Long hair! Some are curly, while others have waves or even straight locks.
Ireland, as you may know, has many fascinating myths and legends. Dogs pop up quite frequently in Irish folklore. Some of the more famous legendary pooches include Bran and Sceolan, the loyal companions of the warrior poet Fionn mac Cumhaill; the Cŵn Annwn or Hounds of Annwn, a pack of supernatural dogs; and Prince Llewellyn’s tragically faithful hound, Gelert.
Do you have one of these pooches? Why not give your furry friend something special. Corned beef is too salty for pets, but a bit of regular beef isn’t inappropriate, given that it’s a special occasion. A Shamrock shake? Also not good for dogs. However, you can make your pup something with a little mint in it. Or, just snap some photos of Fido with something green and festive. Of course, no matter how you celebrate, don’t give your pooch any alcohol.
Do you have questions about your pup’s health or care? Contact us, your veterinary clinic, today.