Did you know there are 9 native dog breeds in Ireland? Each one has its own traits and unique look. We are a proud nation of 2 hounds, 3 gun-dogs and 4 terriers.
We have one of the longest standing traditions of formal dog breeding in the world. Early Irish law, also called Brehon law, comprised the statutes which governed everyday life in Early Medieval Ireland. In the fifth century, Brehon Law included rules surrounding dog welfare, ownership and breeding.
In the 19th century, the Red and White Setter was on the brink of extinction. Thanks to the efforts of the Reverend Noble Huston, the breed was revived in the 1920s due to his work in gathering the dogs that were available and breeding them.
Here is a look at these 9 outstanding breeds:
Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier
Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Kerry Blue Terrier
Irish Red & White Setter
Irish Red Setter