50 Fun Names for British and Irish Dog Breeds
Purebred dogs were developed all over the world. Here's a guide to dogs that were specially bred in Great Britain and Ireland along with some culturally appropriate names (and what they mean!).
The British Isles and Ireland once produced numerous dog breeds, most of which are still extremely popular family pets today. Terriers, spaniels, retrievers; many of these dogs were working or sporting dogs that were important assets of life in 19th-century Britain. Even if fox hunts and herding cattle won't be a part of your pup's daily routine, these breed facts and names are a fun source of inspiration as you prepare for your new pet.
Dog Breeds from Ireland and the British Isles
- Terriers: From the largest terrier (Airedale) to the smallest (Yorkshire), all terriers except for schnauzers were bred in the British Isles or Ireland.
- Sporting dogs: This group of dogs includes many hounds, spaniels, setters, and retrievers that were used to hunt game on land and in the water. The breeds that hail from the British Isles include golden retrievers, English cocker spaniels, springer spaniels, Irish setters, flat-coated retrievers, Gordon setters, and English setters.
- Working/herding dogs: These dogs helped control livestock, such as sheep and cattle, on farms and in rural areas. These breeds include border collies, bearded collies, rough collies, and corgis.
If you are looking for a country-appropriate name that matches your dog's ancestry, consider these ideas.
25 Boy Dog Names for British and Irish Dog Breeds
Meaning: Little fiery one
Meaning: Free man
Meaning: From the hill fort
Meaning: Home ruler
Origin: Germany (but after the Harry Potter book series is very popular in Britain)
Meaning: Variation of Alfred, which means sage or wise
Meaning: From the olive tree, symbolizing fruitfulness and dignity
Meaning: From the marshes
Meaning: Strong in faith
Meaning: Young child, peaceful dove
Meaning: Variant of Coburn
Meaning: From the North
Meaning: Gift from God
Meaning: From the river island
Meaning: A small stream
Meaning: Winding river
Meaning: Form of James
Meaning: God is gracious
25 Girl Dog Names for British and Irish Breeds
Meaning: All good
Meaning: White, fair
Meaning: Strong, ascending
Meaning: Dark princess
Meaning: Sacred queen
Meaning: Blessed reconciliation
Meaning: Variation of Ellen, shining light
Meaning: Goddess of song
Meaning: Divine one
Meaning: Narrow valley
Meaning: Sad one