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Ireland Dog Licence Registers

Dog Licence stamp

Each record contains a transcript and an image of the original licence register entry. The information given varies but in general you should find out the following about your ancestor:

  • Name
  • Address
  • County
  • Year and date of dog licence

With these records it’s essential to look at the images so that you don’t miss finding out about your ancestor’s dog. The image will tell you:

  • Colour of dog
  • Sex of dog
  • Breed or type of dog
  • Dog licences were introduced into Irish law in 1865 and the first licences were issued the following year. It cost 2 shillings per dog with an extra 6 pence in administration costs. The licences were issued in the same courts as held the Petty Sessions.

    In the first year 353, 798 dog licences were issued generating over £35,000 in revenue. Subsequent years saw an average of 250,000 licences purchased. In the following decades, millions of licences were issued. There are 6,041,095 records available to search on Findmypast with more records due next year.

    Working dogs were widely and variously used. Collies were often sheep dogs. Mastiffs had first been bred by gamekeepers and were popular guard dogs due to their powerful build and otherwise quiet and loyal temperament. In coastal areas water dogs were in demand including the powerful Newfoundland. Terriers were often hunters as were spaniels.

    The dog licences were introduced to make it easier to identify the owners of trouble making dogs, the ones which either worried sheep or damaged property. Once the owners were identified to accept liability no one paid much attention to what the dog was called but dog names do find their way into the records occasionally.

    According to the records for Mountrath, in County Offaly (known at the time as Queens County) Prince was a popular name in 1866, as was Captain, Jess and Watch. Names like Flora and Floss were popular for bitches and many dogs had names that seemed more aspirational (Tiger, Hawk, Wolf or Buffalo) or descriptive (Snap, Spot or Coal). There is Curate the yellow greyhound and Brandy the grey and brown terrier. Smaller dogs were known as Gip or Fly and of course, there is Rover.

    Pet owning had grown in popularity throughout the 19th century so lapdogs and toy dogs make an appearance. There are Pomeranians and poodles and of course there are those mongrels of uncertain lineage, the faithful mutt, known at the time as a loveable cur. But it’s worth noting that during the 19th century the selection of breeds generally kept as a family pet was far narrower than we are familiar with today, and usually restricted to spaniels, hounds, setters, pointers, terriers, mastiffs and bulldogs.

    Even the most pampered lapdog would have had a far more Spartan existence than a modern family pet. Pet toys did not become popular until the 1920s. Dogs would have been fed mainly on biscuits or bread soaked in a meat broth, milk or water and would generally get meat only rarely and in the form of biscuits made from wheat meal flavoured with meat. It was not the 1920s that tinned dog food was introduced.

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CARLOWBAGENALSTOWN1866-1914 
CARLOWFENAGH1867-75 
CARLOWHACKETSTOWN1908-14New court
CARLOWMYSHALL1866-1914 
CAVANBAILIEBOROUGH1866-1914New court
CAVANBALLINAGH1866-1914New court
CAVANBALLYJAMESDUFF1866-1914New court
CAVANBAWNBOY1898-1911New court
CAVANBELTURBET1866-1914New court
CAVANCAVAN1866-1914New court
CAVANCOOTEHILL1866-1913New court
CAVANKILLESHANDRA1868-1914New court
CAVANKILNALECK1866-86, 1910-14New court
CAVANKINGSCOURT1866-79, 1886-1912New court
CAVANMOUNTNUGENT1867-1914New court
CAVANMULLAGH1866-1914New court
CAVANSWANLINBAR1866-97New court
CAVANVIRGINIA1866-1914Additional years
CLAREBALLYVAUGHAN1866-1908 
CLARECOROFIN1864-1914 
CLARECRUSHEEN1866-1914 
CLAREENNIS1866-1914Additional years
CLAREENNISTYMON1866-1914New court
CLAREFEAKLE1867-1914New court
CLAREKILDYSART1866-94New court
CLAREKILKEE1877-1912 
CLAREKILLALOE1889-1914 
CLAREKILRUSH1866-1914Additional years
CLAREKNOCK1866-1914New court
CLAREMILTOWN MALBAY1866-1914 
CLARENEWMARKET-ON-FERGUS1866-1914New court
CLAREQUIN1866-1914New court
CLARESIXMILEBRIDGE1866-1914New court
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CORKAGHERN1898-1914New court
CORKAHADALLANE1866-1913 
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CORKKANTURK1871-1914New court
CORKKILDORRERY1866-1905 
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CORKUNION HALL1912-14New court
CORKYOUGHAL1866-1914New court
DONEGALARDARA1866-1910 
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DONEGALBALLYMORE1870-1914New court
DONEGALBALLYSHANNON1866-1914Additional years
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DONEGALDONEGAL1900-14New court
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GALWAYLETTERFRACK1866-1900New court
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GALWAYMAAM1891-1914New court
GALWAYMOUNTBELLEW1892-1914 
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LEITRIMCARRICK-ON-SHANNON1891-1914 
LEITRIMDRUMKEERIN1866-1914New court
LEITRIMKESHCARRIGAN1910-14 
LEITRIMKINLOUGH1866-1914New court
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LONGFORDBALLYMAHON1866-94New court
LONGFORDEDGEWORTHSTOWN1866-1911New court
LONGFORDGRANARD1879, 1897-1913New court
LONGFORDKEENAGH1866-1908New court
LONGFORDLONGFORD1894-1914New court
LONGFORDNEWTOWNFORBES1911-14New court
LOUTHARDEE1866-1914 
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LOUTHDROGHEDA1865-1914New court
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LOUTHDUNDALK1866-1914New court
LOUTHDUNLEER1866-1904New court
LOUTHLOUTH1892-1914New court
LOUTHMELL1866-1914New court
LOUTHRAVENSDALE1897-1914New court
MAYOBALLINA1866-1914 
MAYOBALLINDINE1904-14New court
MAYOBALLINROBE1866-1906, 1911-14Additional years
MAYOBALLYCASTLE1895-1914 
MAYOBALLYHAUNIS1866-1914Additional years
MAYOCASTLEBAR1866-1914 
MAYOCLAREMORRIS1867-1914New court
MAYOCONG1866-1914 
MAYOFOXFORD1866-1912New court
MAYOHOLLYMOUNT1866-1909 
MAYOKILLALA1866-1914New court
MAYOKILMAINE1866-1910Additional years
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MAYOLOWPARK1866-1914New court
MAYOLOWPARK1866-1905 
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MAYOWESTPORT1866-1914New court
MEATHATHBOY1866-1914New court
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MEATHDRUMCONRATH1866-1914 
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QUEEN'SMARYBOROUGH1866-1914Additional years
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WATERFORDCAPPOQUIN1866-1914 
WATERFORDCLASHMORE1866-1914New court
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WATERFORDDUNGARVAN1901, 1908-14New court
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WATERFORDPORTLAW1866-1914New court
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WEXFORDTAGHMON1909-14New court
WICKLOWAVOCA1885-1914 
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