Want to find the perfect name for your best friend? In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of Irish and Irish-themed dog names to suit every breed from Irish Setters and Glen of Imaal Terriers to Afghan Hounds and Portuguese Water Dogs. All the names below can help bless your dog with the luck of the Irish. Keep in mind, however, that you may need to help your vet with the pronunciation if you pick a name like Aoife (from the Gaelic for “beautiful”).
Top Irish Dog Names
Why Choose an Irish Dog Name?
There are plenty of reasons you might pick an Irish-themed name for your new dog, for example:
To celebrate your pet’s birthday: If your dog was born or adopted around St. Patrick’s Day, commemorate the occasion with a special moniker. It’s a great way for you both to remember how lucky you are to have each other.
To celebrate your dog’s breed: There’s no better name for an Irish Setter, Irish Wolfhound, or Irish Terrier than one inspired by their ancestral homeland. Other Irish dog breeds include the Irish Water Spaniel, Kerry Blue Terrier, and Glen of Imaal Terrier.
To celebrate your family’s heritage: Whether or not your dog hails from the Emerald Isle, picking an Irish name is a great way to welcome them to the family. Try picking a name that suits their personality like Riona (which means “queenly”) for a regal puppy or Bridget (meaning “power”) for an especially strong dog.
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Irish Names for Male Dogs
Irish Names for Female Dogs
Tips for Naming Your Dog
Picking a name for your dog is serious business. Check out these tips for making the best selection possible:
Don’t rush it: There’s no need to pick a permanent name on Day 1. Take time to meet your dog and really get to know them before naming them for good. That way, you’ll have a better sense of what makes them unique and have an easier time picking out a truly one-of-a-kind name.
Keep it simple: Science suggests that dogs are more responsive to short, choppy commands. So, pet parents may have an easier time training Finn than Finnegan O’Connor.
Avoid names that sound like commands: Your dog’s name is as important a verbal cue as any during the training process. Make sure they don’t confuse it with those commands by picking a name that doesn’t sound too much like “stay,” “sit,” or any other cue.