10 Animals from Ireland You Should Celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day

Photo by: Nick Ridley, Animal Photography / Vetstreet.com
Irish Setter
You can spot this pretty canine a mile away, but did you know that the beautiful Irish Setter wasn't always a solid red dog? The ... more 
Photo by: Nick Ridley, Animal Photography / Vetstreet.com
Irish Setter
You can spot this pretty canine a mile away, but did you know that the beautiful Irish Setter wasn't always a solid red dog? The earliest records of the breed (from about 400 years ago) refer to a red and white setting dog - two colors that are easy for hunters to see in the field. By the time dog shows came along in the mid- to late-nineteenth century, solid red setters became the fashion. less 
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Fri, Mar 15, 2013 11:32 AM EDT
As you don green getups and toast to St. Patrick, take a minute to think of all the wonderful gifts that the Emerald Isle has given us.

Its native species includes the good-natured Connemara pony and the easygoing Galway sheep. And don't forget the gorgeous Irish dog breeds we now love on this side of the pond, from the Irish Setter to the Glen of Imaal Terrier.

Check out this gallery of our favorite Irish animals, and let us know which ones you're celebrating this St. Patrick's Day.

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