St Patrick’s Day is coming up fast! It’s always fun to celebrate Ireland’s culture and heritage, and perhaps indulge oneself with a minty Shamrock shake or some corned beef. Of course, dogs love celebrating holidays with us. As it turns out, quite a few of our canine pals are of Irish descent. A vet lists some Irish dog breeds below.
I rish Dog Breeds
The AKC recognizes eight breeds that are native to Ireland. These pups include the Irish Setter, an active, loyal field dog; the playful Irish Water Spaniel, a liver-colored pup that loves to go swimming; and the Irish Terrier, whose loyalty and bravery led to them being used as messengers in World War I. Next up, we have the Kerry Blue Terrier, a wonderful farm dog and guardian; and the stoic, larger-than-life Irish Wolfhound, a pup that was so impressive that they were offered as gifts to members of the Roman Consulate back in 391 A.D. Of course, we can’t forget the adorable Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, a big, goofy cotton ball that just loves life; and the Glen of Imaal Terrier, a small but high-spirited hunting dog that makes a wonderful companion.
T hese cute pups come in all shapes and sizes, and they have very different temperaments. One thing many of them have in common? Gorgeous fur! Some of these pups have curly coats, while others have waves or even straight locks.
Irish Dog Legends
Ireland definitely has its fair share of fascinating myths and legends. Dogs pop up quite frequently in some of these stories. Some famous legendary Irish pooches include Bran and Sceolan, the warrior poet Fionn mac Cumhaill’s loyal dogs; the Cŵn Annwn or Hounds of Annwn, a pack of supernatural dogs; and Prince Llewellyn’s hound, Gelert.
Celebrating With Fido
Do you have one of these pooches? Get into the spirit of the holiday, and give your four-legged pal something special. Corned beef is too salty for pets, but some regular beef isn’t inappropriate, given that it’s a special occasion. A Shamrock shake also isn’t good for dogs (too much sugar) but you can make Fido something with a little mint in it. Or, just snap some photos of your furry best friend 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.