Erin Go Bark: The Most Popular Irish Dog Breeds and Names

Irish Wolfhound

In celebration of St. Pawtrick’s — er, Patrick’s — Day, here are the most popular Irish dog breeds and names in the United States.

No matter what breed or mix of breeds your dog happens to be, have a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day. And let’s hope every homeless dog has the luck of the Irish and finds a forever family!

Top 5 Irish Dog Breeds

According to the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2021, these are the Irish breeds that made the list:

  1. Irish Setter (71 on the list)
  2. Irish Wolfhound (85)
  3. Irish Terrier (124)
  4. Irish Red and White Setter (154)
  5. Irish Water Spaniel (165)
irish setter

Top 5 St. Patrick’s Day-Inspired Dog Names

VPI, the first and largest pet insurance provider in the U.S., listed the most popular Irish-inspired names, based on its database of more than 525,000 insured pets.

“The Irish heritage is widely celebrated in the U.S., and the pet-loving community is no exception,” said Curtis Steinhoff, VPI director of corporate communications, in a press release. “While we may not have our own pet parade for St. Patrick’s day, we continue to see a trend of Irish-themed pet monikers year over year.”

These are the top 5 names:

  1. Lucky
  2. Seamus
  3. Clover
  4. Patrick
  5. Shamrock

The most popular name for Irish Wolfhounds is Finnegan, VPI notes. Dublin, after the capital of Ireland, and Jameson, a famous Irish whiskey, are also popular names.

irish terrier

Top 5 Irish Beer-Inspired Dog Names

  1. Murphy
  2. Guinness
  3. Harp
  4. Smithwick
  5. O’Hara

Although VPI doesn’t mention it, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Bailey, after the famous cream liqueur, is also a very popular name, sure and begorrah.

irish water spaniel

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Laura Goldman

I am a freelance writer and lifelong dog lover. For five years, I was a staff writer for i Love Dogs. When that site shut down, I started this blog...because I STILL Love Dogs!