Dog Breeds which Start with the Letter “I”
February 24, 2019
Considering that there are hundreds of dog breeds, even the biggest dog fan probably couldn’t reel them all from the top of their heads. So if you’re wondering which dog breeds start with the letter “I” we’ve got you covered with our comprehensive list.
There are plenty of Irish and Italian dog breeds which make up the list! We’ll run through all of the 18 breeds which begin with the letter “I”, and also tell you a little bit about them!
- Ibizan Warren Hound
Ibiza Warren Hounds were the breed of choice for farmers in Ibiza, on each farm you would see one or two of the breed which would give a helping hand when it came to chasing down rabbits. The breed is very lean which helps with their agility, they are also pretty hardy with an average lifespan of 12 years.
- Icelandic Sheepdog
Icelandic Sheepdogs have tonnes of history, in fact, they originate from the dogs which Vikings brought over to Iceland. I wonder what they asked for in return? The Icelandic Sheepdog is a Spitz-type breed which comes with plenty of fluffy fur to protect them from the harsh elements of Iceland.
- Indian Pariah Dog
Even though many people regard all free-roaming dogs as Indian Pariah Dogs, they are actually a different breed entirely. Generally, Indian breeds aren’t all too friendly, but the Indian Pariah dogs are definitely an exception to this rule. They’re incredibly intelligent and can make the perfect pets if they are well trained.
- Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier
There are four Irish Terrier breeds, but the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is probably the cutest one of them all. If you’ve never heard of them before, that’s because they are fairly rare! Many working dogs are normally put to work protecting livestock or chasing down prey, but not the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier, they are clever enough to be trained to do small tasks such as turn wheels to make butter. Fascinating.
- Irish Red and White Setter
The Irish Red and White Setter is fairly common in the UK, Canada, and the USA. As you can expect from their breed type, they are used as a gun dog. But there is plenty more to the breed than hunting down prey. They come with boundless energy and lots of that is spent being affectionate.
- Irish Red Setter
The Irish Red Setter has a beautiful long and silky red coat which make them as desirable as working dogs as they are as pets! Their shiny coats also help them to pick up plenty of awards in shows. They come in three different colours of red including Mahogany, Red and Chestnut.
- Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
There are two types of the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier; the Irish breed and the American breed. Generally, you can tell them apart by their coats, as the Irish breed is silkier than the American breed which has a thicker and fuller coat.
- Irish Terrier
There are a fair number of Irish Terriers, but the Irish Terrier is the first Terrier to have been noted in Irish history. Their ancestry dates back centuries, but they were first recognised as a breed in 1873. Back in those days they were a firm fixture in the show ring and they could be seen by the side of all classes of people.
- Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Water Spaniel isn’t your average spaniel, it is the oldest of the breed type and the biggest. As with most dogs which are made to take the water the Irish Water Spaniel has a thick and curly coat to keep them well-insulated while they are in the water in chase of different waterfowl. Their coats are so curly that the breed is commonly mistaken for a poodle!
- Irish Wolfhound
Irish Wolfhounds are one of the biggest breed of dog in the world, generally, it is uncommon to spot them outside of Ireland, even there their numbers are incredibly low. They are also one of the best hunting breeds there is, whether the prey is big or small, this leggy breed makes light work of chasing them down.
- Istrian Coarse Hair Hound
The Istrian Coarse Hair Hound is a fairly rare breed, but they are still fairly common in their homeland of Croatia. They first appeared in the mid-19th century and were commonly used for hunting foxes and rabbits, they aren’t the biggest breed, so chasing bigger prey down must have been fairly hard!
- Istrian Short Hair Hound
The Istrian Short Hair Hound is very similar to the Istrian Course Hair Hound, I’m sure you can guess what the distinguishing feature which sets them apart is here! They also tend to be a little on the smaller side, so in hunts, they are commonly used as scent hounds to lead the way to the foxes and rabbits.
- Italian Course Hair Hound
The Italian Course Haired Hound only has coarse hair on their bodies which gives them a very distinctive look. Even though they are great in the field as a hunter, they aren’t all too brilliant in social situations. So, their reserved natures don’t make them the best choice for a pet as they aren’t all too outgoing! It’s best to get a breed that will love to go for a walk with you and meet strangers!
- Italian Corso Dog
The Italian Corso dog got its name from the Latin word “Cohors” which means protector, so that gives you a good impression why this breed is so popular in Italy. They don’t look all too different from your average Mastiff, and they possess many of the same characteristics too. They are very even-tempered, stable, and quiet which are all qualities which make for the perfect guard dog!
- Italian Greyhound
The Italian Greyhound is an incredibly delicate breed. The breed is normally placed into the sporting category of dogs for their abilities on a race track. They are also a great choice of breed if you are living in a climate which regularly sees high temperatures in the summer.
- Italian Pointer Dog
The Italian Pointer Dog looks very similar to every other variation of the Pointer dogs, as a result, they are also commonly used for hunting. They are an incredibly intelligent breed which can be trained to point at the prey.
- Italian Short Haired Hound
The Italian Short Haired Hound is an incredibly robust breed and is happiest when they are put to work in the field. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy being a family pet! They have an outgoing personality, although they can be known to be incredibly independent – so they aren’t recommended for people who have busy homes.
- Italian Wire-Haired Pointing Dog
The Italian Wire-Haired Pointing Dog is renown for its purposes as a gun dog. Even though not all that many people hunt these days, they are still commonly used in Italy by hunters. There aren’t many breeds which are as old as the Italian Wire Haired Pointing Dog, their history dates all the way back to 500 BC!
If you need any more information about the breeds we have listed here, we’ve covered each breed in much more detail