Irish dogs for Saint Patrick’s Day

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than with one, two, or three…dog breeds. (You probably thought we were going to say something else, didn’t you?) Here’s a look at dog breeds that originated from Ireland, the European country located northwest of the United Kingdom. If doggies aren’t of interest, how about Irish dog names that could be perfect for your pooch (even if only for today)?

The elegant Irish Setter; if it only came in green…

Click on each breed below for its full biography from the DogTime.com Breed Center:

Irish Red and White Setter: A dog breed that almost ceased to exist, as breeders once focused on the all-red variety.

Irish Setter: Originally bred as a gundog – a dog that specializes in retrieving game for hunters.

Irish Terrier: Nicknamed the “Daredevil,” this dog breed is fiercely loyal, protective, and will take on anything that threatens those it loves.

Irish Water Spaniel: A rare dog that was bred to be a water retriever.

Irish Wolfhound: Originally used during wartime to drag men off chariots and horses.