St. Patrick’s Day Heritage for Dogs

Here's everything you need to know about your Lucky Irish Pups!

While St. Patrick’s Day may not be a legal holiday in the United States, that doesn’t stop us from celebrating the beautiful country of Ireland, its people, and its dogs! So how is your dog “wearing of the green?” Check out the slideshow below to see how lucky pups around the USA are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Don’t know what your dog wants to wear? If you’re looking for ideas to dress up your dog to “wear of the green” why not one of these great finds? We did a little digging for you! Slideshow of products below – descriptions from left to right.

Meet The 9 Irish Dog Breeds

Is your dog Irish? Several dog breeds are native to Ireland, one of which is the tallest dog in the world, the Irish Wolfhound. This gentle giant joins 8 other dog breeds, and each has a rich history. According to the Irish Kennel Club, they are:

  • The Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • The Irish Red Setter
  • The Irish Red and White Setter
  • The Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • The Irish Terrier
  • The Irish Water Spaniel
  • The Kerry Beagle
  • The Kerry Blue

Most of these dogs were bred to be working or hunting dogs; the Irish Wolfhound was bred to hunt wolves, and later was used a “wardog.” Several of the Irish dog breeds are very rare, including the Irish Red and White Setter, and one of the rarest breeds in the world, the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier. The Irish Wolfhound is a very old breed, with records of them being brought to Ireland as early as 7000 BC.

Irish dogs are featured heavily in Welsh and Celtic mythology too. Celtic hounds were thought to protect lost souls and helped guide them to the underworld. Along with their connection to the underworld, they also symbolized hunting and healing. In Welsh mythology, a pack of supernatural hounds called the Cŵn Annwn was led by Gwyn ap Nudd, the ruler of the underworld, called Annwn.

All Irish dogs are described as active dogs, who have quirky natures and great personalities. If you see one of these dogs on St. Patrick’s Day, it might just be a stroke of good luck! And if you have one of these dogs, may the “luck of the Irish” be with you.

Does Your Dog Have An Irish Name?

Even if you don’t get a chance to meet any Irish dog breeds, it’s “pawsible” you might meet a pup that has an Irish-inspired name. Veterinary Pet Insurance recently released their top 5 Irish-inspired dog names in 2015, which include:

  1. Lucky
  2. Seamus
  3. Clover
  4. Patrick
  5. Shamrock

And let’s not forget the dogs named after famous Irish brews. According to Veterinary Practice Insurance, those are:

  1. Murphy
  2. Guinness
  3. Harp
  4. Smithwick
  5. O’Hara

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₁ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Wolfhound

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_Hounds

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