Best Names for Dogs and Puppies

Choosing the best name for dogs and puppies is a challenge. Most people want a name that is unique, easy to remember and also perfectly summarizes the dog’s personality. There are times when a new owner looks at a dog and the name seems clear. There are other times that an owner spends days and still can’t settle on the perfect name for a dog. The names in this article will give you ideas for funny names, serious names, famous names and everything in between. Even if none of the dog names listed in this article seem quite right, they should provide some inspiration and help you find a name that will stick with your dog for the rest of his days.

Where Do Unique Dog Names Come From?

puppy on shoe

Source: Morguefile; notwrappedtightly

Some of these names come from people I know who’ve come up with cute monikers for their dogs. Other names are from here and there. I may have read them in a book, seen them online or heard people say they are thinking about naming their dog that name. Still other names are unique and I’ve made them up. Choosing the perfect name can take days or even weeks. Don’t be in a rush to choose a name and the perfect name will likely come to you.

What’s life without a bit of humor? Dogs with cute personalities may be well-suited for a hilarious name.

Play on Words

  • Doggie Schnauzer, M.D.
  • Angelina Dogly
  • Tripod (for a dog with three legs or a gimpy paw)

Describing Personality

  • Kerplop – does your dog love to flop down on the floor?
  • Goofy
  • Einstein – good name for a serious dog
  • Chaos – for a big, goofy dog that leaves a mess behind
  • Rebel

Based on Appearance or Behavior

  • Buggotti – for a dog that likes to run around fast
  • Barkley – for a dog that likes to yap
  • Fi Fi – traditionally used for pretty dogs, like a poodle, this name becomes humorous when a big, tough-looking dog is called “Fi Fi.”
  • Freckles
  • Tagalong – for a dog that follows you everywhere

 Famous Dog Names

When it comes to famous dog names, you can go one of two ways. Some names are a play on a celebrity’s name, a favorite song or a line from a poem. Another idea is to name your pet after a famous television pet, such as Lassie or Rin Tin Tin.

  • Al Poochino
  • Who Let Me Out?
  • Air Bud
  • Bruiser
  • Cerberus – name of the dog that guards the underworld in stories like Homer’s Odyssey
  • Balto
  • RCA
  • Petie
  • Tramp

Other Categories of Puppy and Dog Names

Names for Pairs

  • cute dogPink and Floyd
  • Zig and Zag
  • Nip and Tuck
  • Pongo and Perdita (from 101 Dalmations)
  • Mistle and Toe

After Food

  • Frankfurter – call him “Frank” for short (perfect for a dachshund)
  • Pickles
  • Ju Ju Bee
  • Poppy
  • Peaches
  • Sarsaparilla

Create Your Own

None of these names quite doing it for you and your dog? Here are some tips for choosing a unique name on your own.

  • Observe your puppy’s behavior for several days and jot down notes about what he does. For example, if the dog runs in circles, jot down the word circles. If the dog eats fast, jot that down.
  • Do some Google searches of the words and phrases you’ve listed. For example, for a dog that eats fast, you might come up with the name of the world hot dog eating champion, which is “Takeru Kobayashi.” You could just go with Takeru to keep things simple.
  • Check a thesaurus for ideas. If you jotted down the word black, because your dog is that color, the thesaurus will give you ideas like: Clouded, Sooty and Starless. If you want to be funny, you could always name your black dog something like “Blizzard.”
  • Find books and songs that tie in and see if the titles can be used. For example, if you jotted down the word “lazy” to describe your dog, a Google search might pull up “The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars. You could then look at the lyrics and you might name your dog something like “Bed All Day” or “Snuggie.”
  • Ask others for help. Tell everyone about your dog and his personality and appearance and see what ideas they might have.
  • Have fun naming your pooch. Remember that the name will stick with him for many years, so try to avoid profanity’s or names that might be embarrassing later.
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Crabby Housewife

Crabby Housewife

Lori is a full-time housewife and writer, living in the Midwest with her husband of 27 years - they have two daughters. They have a house full of pets and her house is never quite perfect.