Two of them are among the American Kennel Club’s original breeds. Another assisted troops during World War I. And another is the tallest breed of them all.
As we celebrate all things Irish this weekend, it’s also a good time to honor the eight AKC breeds that hail from Ireland: the Glen of Imaal Terrier, the Irish Red and White Setter, the Irish Setter, the Irish Terrier, the Irish Water Spaniel, the Irish Wolfhound, the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.
“These wonderful breeds truly represent the rich culture of Ireland, and they’re gaining popularity here in the U.S.,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “The Irish Setter and Irish Water Spaniel also hold a special place in AKC history, having been among the original nine breeds recognized by AKC in 1884.”
Click through the list to learn more about these Irish breeds. By the way, two of these breeds are participants in two Kansas City parades this weekend. S’Wheat Rescues will have Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers and “Wheatable” mixes in the Snake Saturday Parade. Later in the day, the Irish Setter Club of Greater Kansas City will walk in the Brookside St. Patrick’s Warm-Up Parade.