Forget the corned beef and cabbage -- we're all about soft ears and wagging tails here at Frenchie Bulldog. This St. Patrick's Day, we're celebrating 7 delightful dogs from the Emerald Isle -- 7 Irish dog breeds who will steal your heart and bring you plenty of luck, no green required!
1. Irish Terrier
Ireland is known for its terrier breeds, and this lovable and hardworking dog is the perfect pup for a high-activity family. Known for their speed, endurance, and agility, Irish Terriers grew up as farm dogs with plenty of chores. They can be mouthy and need a lot of exercise, but these smart little dudes are ready to keep your family safe and ready for plenty of cuddles! (Image Credit: Petfinder)
2. Kerry Blue Terrier
Called "smart, alert, and people-oriented" by the American Kennel Club, this clever, bearded breed is known for its watchdog behaviors, a carryover from its days as a farmhand. Kerries are usually muscular and strong, weighing up to 40 pounds. And they'll use every pound to keep watch over your family and home! (Image Credit: American Kennel Club)
3. Irish Setter (Red or Red & White)
Probably the most famous breed from the Emerald Isle, Irish Setters are known for their gorgeous, long-furred coats and friendly personalities. Originally bred as agile hunters (although you wouldn't know it from their dainty ears and coats), modern Irish Setters are beloved family dogs known to be rambunctious and the life of the party. (Image Credit: Orvis)
4. Glen of Imaal Terrier
Similar to a Cairn Terrier (think Toto from The Wizard of Oz), the Glen of Imaal Terrier or Glen Terrier is a wiry-furred, spunky breed -- and an extremely rare find! Like most short-legged terriers, the Glen Terrier is known for thinking he's a lot bigger than he is, and sticking his nose in other dogs' business. However, he's also lovable and fiercely loyal, making him a great choice as a watchdog for the home. (Image Credit: Vet Street)
5. Irish Water Spaniel
As you might have guessed from the name, the Irish Water Spaniel is a great swimmer and will take any chance to get in the water, whether that's heading straight for the pool, the lake, or a convenient mud puddle. Known for their clownish personalities, Irish Water Spaniels are often goofy, lovable dogs -- but as soon as they get in the water, all that changes. Throw a ball or a frisbee into the waves and watch how fast this kind, carefree pup turns into a laser-focused hunting machine! (Image Credit: Vetstreet)
6. Kerry Beagle
Believe it or not, the Kerry Beagle is no relation to the traditional Beagle. The name comparison comes from the breeds' similar dropped ears, but the Irish dog has its origins as a clever scenthound rather than a hunter. Kerry Beagles, named for the Irish county of Kerry, are a loyal, obedient breed that's great with kids. However, it's worth mentioning that Kerry Beagles have a LOT of energy, and need to be with a family that's ready to deal with their activity level. (Image Credit: PetGuide)
7. Irish Wolfhound
Man oh man, do we love the Irish Wolfhound. These big guys can grow as large as 120 pounds and their main claim to fame is that they're the tallest of all registered AKC breeds. The name "wolfhound" comes from their origins in their hunting and farming days, when wolfhounds could go toe to toe in a fight against a wolf and come out strong. Far from their warrior origins, however, the modern Irish Wolfhound is a calm, chill, and loyal companion, who's much more interested in lounging on the couch with you than challenging a wolf to single combat. (Image Credit: American Kennel Club)
Now that you've met our lucky 7 dogs, which is your favorite? Are you a proud pup parent to an Irish breed? Show off your fabulous family member on Instagram, and don't forget to tag her in her Frenchie best @frenchiebulldog!