Native Dog Breeds of Ireland
Over the centuries Ireland has bred and developed dogs with characteristics and physical structure to serve them in their everyday life.
From the obviously named Wolfhounds and pack Beagles, the Setting and Retrieving gun-dogs to the terriers used for vermin control and herding, all of them are recognised internationally as the breeds of dogs whose origins are uniquely Irish.
- Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier
- Irish Red Setter
- Irish Red and White Setter
- Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
- Irish Terrier
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Irish Wolfhound
- Kerry Beagle
- Kerry Blue
If your dog is feeling cooped up this winter, try taking him or her on outings with you during the week. Even a short trip to a dog friendly pet store or coffee shop can make their week more eventful. For dogs and cats, consider having a pet sitter drop by to exercise your pooch or play with your cat.
Exercise is the most common New Year’s resolution for humans and there is no reason why it can’t be for your pet too!
Indoor games can keep your pet active while giving them some quality one on one time. For dogs, try some new toys like a rope to play tug with. Fetch is also a great game to play indoors with small stuffed animals. To increase the pet’s activity level try tossing the toy up stairs (make sure the stairs have carpeting or a runner to prevent slipping).
If your dog likes to chase, try attaching a stuffed animal to the end of a rope. Even though going outside is difficult this time of year, indoor open areas work well too.
For cats try to mix up their toys and introduce some feathery or fur-like toys on “fishing poles” that will encourage stalking, leaping and pouncing- especially right before mealtime when your cat is hungry. Interactive toys are enjoyed by both dogs and cats especially ones that dispense treats!