What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than to open your heart and home to a Celtic canine.
Imagine strolling the cobbled streets of Galway with your Wheaten Terrier or spending a quiet evening with your Irish Setter in front of a roaring fire at your farmhouse in Ballymacarbry.
Well, you might not be ready to move to Ireland, but you can bring a bit of the Emerald Isle into your life with one of these Irish breeds.
Carefree and playful, Irish Setters make friends wherever they go. They’re intelligent, but their rollicking personalities and high spirits can make them difficult to train for long periods. Short, positive training sessions work best for these upbeat, sensitive dogs. Irish Setters are ideal playmates for children. They’ll fetch tennis balls all day long and look fantastic doing so. Irish Setters won’t settle into adulthood until they’re at least two years old. They’re wonderful pets for active families who enjoy spending quality time with their dog.
There’s a dignified mournfulness to the Irish Wolfhound. They’re too serene to be regarded as fierce guard dogs, but the mere sight of one these immense, muscular hounds is enough to deter intruders. They behave wonderfully with children, though animals their size should be supervised around small children. Owning an Irish Wolfhound is a unique, rewarding experience – as long as you understand that acquiring a giant, galloping hound is a commitment as big as the dog itself.
Strong-willed, rambunctious and independent, the Irish Terrier might not be the ideal breed for a first-time dog owner. However, a puppy obedience class and a structured home environment will generally produce a wonderful pet. Irish Terriers are utterly devoted to their owners and are sweetly affectionate companions at the end of the day. They’re especially fond of children. They thrive on plenty of exercise, so trips to the park are essential, unless your home features a large, fenced yard.
Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Water Spaniels’ endearing sense of playfulness has earned them the title “Clowns of the Sporting Group.” The breed is often described as bold and dashing, but they can be wary of strangers. They require a significant amount of daily human interaction to stay emotionally healthy. They are highly intelligent and quickly learn behaviors that please their owners. Early training and socialization is necessary to ensure that an Irish Water Spaniel will coexist well with small children and other pets. Although no dog is truly hypoallergenic, many people allergic to dogs live comfortably with an Irish Water Spaniel.
Irish Red and White Setter
First and foremost, the Irish Red and White Setter is a courageous hunting dog with a naturally high energy level. An owner must be willing to provide this breed plenty of opportunity for exercise. Not unlike most dogs, the Irish Red and White Setter thrives on attention. Blessed with a charming personality and a dash of Irish humor, Red and Whites make excellent companions for active families willing to devote lots of time and patience to this spirited but sensitive companion.
Kerry Blue Terrier
Today’s companion-bred Kerries are more refined than the rollicking, rugged farm dogs of old County Kerry. They are gentle, loveable and intelligent working terriers and function very well as therapy dogs and search-and-rescue dogs. Kerries are also peerless watchdogs – alert, vigilant and protective of home and family. They are adaptable to apartment living as well as rural settings. Kerries love mental and physical challenges and their versatility enables them to excel at sports and family activities.
Glen of Imaal Terrier
Glens were bred to be rugged dogs, capable of hard work in the harsh countryside. They are fearless, tough and loyal. When working as a hunter, they are agile, silent and focused. Like most terriers, they are quick learners, but they also have a stubborn streak and may get bored with repetition. They tend to be quiet dogs and seem to bark only when they feel a need to. Glens are a bit more laid back than the typical terrier and make wonderful family pets. And of course, they enjoy active dog sports.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
A quick, lively and affectionate dog, the Wheaten retains his puppy exuberance and medium-to-high energy level throughout his life. He adapts to living in the city or the country, as long as he can be close to his family and receive plenty of daily exercise. Properly trained and socialized, Wheatens tend to be excellent housemates, who are given to enthusiastic displays of affection.
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