Dog Breeds Beginning With I


From sleek, fast dogs such as the Italian greyhound and the Ibizan hound, to the beautiful breeds of setter, there are some fantastic breeds that begin with the letter I.

The dogs listed below are breeds that have been recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound

The Ibizan hound is a Spanish dog that is filled with positivity. They stand at 28 inches, and their weight can reach 50 pounds for full-grown adults. They can live for 14 good years, which is its maximum life expectancy.

The Ibizan hound is kind to most people, an aspect that earns it great respect from people. This dog is slender but one that has lots of agility. The neck is elevated for a better view while it is on the move.

The coat comes as a smooth or wired breed. Red and white combinations are the most common colors that grace the coat of the Ibizan dog.

They have large erect ears that are always open to picking up any sounds. The Ibizan dog is an intelligent, critical thinker when solving its daily issues.

Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic Sheepdog

This herding dog from Iceland is also known as the Icelandic Spitz. Its head is heavily built and assumes a triangular shape. This dog also boasts fur that is black, cream, or chocolate.

The coat is waterproof, thick, and dense to enable the dog to survive in cold weather conditions. The tail is feathered and curves upwards towards the front. The Icelandic sheepdog weighs 30 pounds and can stand up to 18 inches.

Its wild look is deceiving since the dog is friendly and affectionate. Its beautiful almond eyes can make you fall in love with him or her easily.

The Icelandic sheepdog is a dog that likes to bark. Don’t judge him or her if he barks at you for not giving him enough food, exercise, or affection.

Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter

Another energetic dog is the Irish red and white setter. This dog can stand at 26 inches and weigh up to 70 pounds.

The coat belonging to this dog usually comes in red and white colors. Their coat is usually a thinner single coat, making them easier to groom.

Baths for the Irish white and red setter are not as much of a necessity as other dogs. However, a nice regular combing of his coat will make them feel their best. Grooming will also ensure that the dog looks exceedingly tidy and neat.

This setter was a hunter but has now been fitted into more sporting roles. The Irish red and white setter knows how to play his roles diligent and makes a lovely family pet. Plenty of exercise for the Irish red and white setter is a must. and a must-have this pet is also a must-have for this dog.

Irish Setter

Irish Setter

The Irish setter is another beautiful sporting dog. The Irish setter is also known as the red setter. The breed usually stands at 28 inches tall. Its weight can potentially reach 75 pounds.

Its coat is relatively long and will, in most cases, assume a red color. This dog is known to play well with kids and will become a big part of their life quickly. Their coat grows a lot of hair around the back of the legs and belly.

Some individuals have lots of hair over the entire body. Due to its thickness, the coat needs regular brushing as a way of grooming the dog. The breed has all the lovable characteristics of a pet. It might just be the kind of dog that your family is looking for.

Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier

The Irish terrier is an intelligent dog that is known to be bold. The Irish terrier can weigh up to 27 pounds and stand 20 inches tall.

This dog is also popular for its characteristic of keeping to themselves. The Irish terrier is not the best at mixing with other dogs. Early socialization is a great aspect that would help the dog in this respect.

When at home, the Irish terrier makes a great ‘watchman’ because of their alertness. They will identify every stranger coming into your house.

After identifying unknown strangers, the dog will usually bark loudly and heavily to warn the stranger as well as send a signal to its owners. In terms of health, this dog is good to go as they are less prone to infections than some other breeds.

Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel

This sporting dog is among the biggest of the spaniels and traces its source to ancient times. The Irish water spaniel can reach 24 inches and weigh 65 pounds.

They are a well-established dog in terms of weight and size. This breed is also known by other names such as whiptail, Shannon spaniel, and the rat tail spaniel.

The latter name is derived from its slender tail, which passes a resemblance to that of a rat. Its coat is usually dense and thickly pampered with curls. The coat is great for homes as it sheds rarely. Grooming is a must, due to the nature of its dense coat.

Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound

The Irish wolfhound is a dog that bears a rich history. They were used in ancient times for hunting purposes. It has been stated that that they were gifted to Kings as presents. 

The modern Irish wolfhound is a hallmark of admirable characteristics. This dog is one of the tallest breeds that we have on the whole list.

The dog can easily dwarf children standing next to them. They are also strong and heavily built. This breed can reach average heights of 32 inches and can weigh up to 120 pounds.

Do not be put off by their large body, the Irish Wolfhound can be very affectionate to family and is a generally calm dog.

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound

The Italian greyhound is a well-experienced companion dog. The dog is slender, weighing 15 pounds and standing at about 15 inches tall.

The Italian greyhound was originally bred as a hunting dog, and with their exceptional speed, are able to bring down any small prey. They are still used in places for their hunting skills.

The Italian greyhound is also easy to train, as they are intelligent. Despite the small body, this dog has great agility and athleticism, outrunning most humans.

The Italian greyhound also has a powerful bark that will most likely catch you unawares.

Bryan Harding

Bryan has spent his whole life around animals. While loving all animals, Bryan is especially fond of mammals and has studied and worked with them around the world. Not only does Bryan share his knowledge and experience with our readers, but he also serves as owner, editor, and publisher of North American Mammals.

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