Saint Patrick’s Day: These 5 Irish Dog Breeds Will Be Smiling And Celebrating

Members of Irish Setter Club and their dogs march during the St.Patrick's Day Parade in Tokyo on March 16, 2008. Some 2,000 people took part in the parade to commemorate the Irish patron saint. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO

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What better way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day than with one, two, or three… dog breeds! You probably thought I was going to say beers, didn’t you?

Lots of dog breeds originated from Ireland, so let’s shine a spotlight on a few of them in honor of Saint Paddy’s Day.

Oh, and if dog breeds aren’t of interest to you, how about some Irish dog names that could be perfect for your pooch–even if only for today? Click here to find out the best Irish dog names!

Without further ado, here are a few of the lucky Irish dog breeds who will be smiling on Saint Patrick’s Day!

1. Irish Red and White Setter

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

Now they’re considered a separate breed from their Irish Setter cousins, and they’re very loyal and reliable companions.

2. Irish Setter

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Originally bred as a gundog, the Irish Setter specializes in retrieving game for hunters.

They’re friendly and loyal family members, though they also have a mischievous side.

3. Irish Terrier

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Nicknamed the “Daredevil,” the Irish Terrier dog breed is fiercely loyal, protective, and will take on anything that threatens loved ones.

They make good watchdogs and will keep any rodents away while they’re at it.

4. Irish Water Spaniel

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A rare dog bred to be a water retriever, the Irish Water Spaniel loves to swim and chase ducks.

They’d also love a home close to the water where they can play.

5. Irish Wolfhound

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Originally used during wartime to drag men off chariots and horses, Irish Wolfhounds now spend most of their time as big, lovable companions.

They need a lot of space to run around, and they’ll certainly chase any wildlife that wanders into their territory.

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There are many other breeds of Irish dogs not listed here, so even if your dog’s breed isn’t on the list, they may still have a bit of Irish in them!

Remember, you can find just about any breed of dog in shelters and rescues. Check out DogTime’s adoption page to search adoptable dogs by breed and zip code!

Is your dog an Irish breed? Are they celebrating Saint Paddy’s Day with you? Let us know in the comments below, and have a happy Saint Patrick’s Day!