In the month of March, people the world over celebrate the Irish and its people on St. Patrick's Day. There are parades, feasts of corned beef and cabbage, and of course, green beer. But one piece of Irish tradition gets lost within the pints of Guinness poured and potatoes served — and that is Ireland's long history of breeding dogs for both work and companionship. That just won't do, so I've written a bit about Irish dog breeds that you should know before this month's holiday.
The biggest takeaway I want you to have about Irish dog breeds is that while there aren't many registered unique breeds native to Ireland, they've been bred for so long, and so perfectly, that there isn't need of more than what they've got. They have everything from the enormous work horse of a dog, the Irish wolfhound, to the small and spritely Imaal terrier. The county Kerry in southwest Ireland has produced two distinct breeds on their small peninsula — the Kerry Beagle and the Kerry Blue terrier are both working dogs wonderfully suited for both companionship and hunting small game, according to the Irish Kennel Club. (Fair warning though, beagles are not known for being the quietest of breeds.) Turns out, Ireland knows all about sweet pups — now you just need the perfect name.