Congratulations on your new bundle of furry joy! Now, what are you going to call him – or her? Choosing a name for a dog can be tough. There are thousands of names to choose from, and if you’re searching for name ideas, you probably want something out of the ordinary. Fido, Rover or Jack just isn’t going to cut it.
To make your life a little easier, we’re going to share some of the best dog names out there, and give you some tips on how to name your dog.
How to Choose a Name for Your Dog
Choosing the perfect name for your dog is both an art and a science. But it’s also a personal decision, and for many people, they want to choose a name that has meaning.
Here’s the thing: dogs actually respond better to certain sounds than others.
Dog experts agree that names with hard consonants, like “k” or “c,” make it easier for dogs to distinguish the sound of their name from other surrounding sounds.
But it’s also a good idea to avoid names that sound like commands. For example, your dog may confuse “Kit” with “sit,” or “Joe” with “no.”
Vets suggest choosing a name that’s short and sweet – two syllables at most. Willy, for instance, might be preferable to “William Wigglesworth.”
So, while it’s important to choose a name that has meaning to you, it’s also important to make sure that your dog will easily recognize his name. The simpler, the better.
Tips and Considerations When Choosing a Name
You now know that short names work best, and that consonants will help your dog recognize his name more easily.
But there are some other things that you should also consider.
Choose a Name That You Love
It should go without saying that you should choose a name that you love. You’re going to be saying your puppy’s name a lot, particularly during training sessions.
Make sure that you won’t get sick of hearing your pup’s name.
Should You Change an Adult Dog’s Name?
If you’re adopting a dog, you may be thinking about changing his name. But is that a good idea? The answer is still up for debate.
Traditionally, it was recommended that dog owners keep an adult dog’s name to avoid confusion. The idea is that the dog is already familiar with its name, and to change it now – when he’s an adult – will only confuse him.
But there’s a growing group of experts who say that it’s perfectly okay to change an adult dog’s name. In fact, it’s common for people to change names after adopting a dog.
If you do decide to change your rescued pup’s name, you’ll need to spend time teaching him to recognize it.
Make it Original, but Don’t Go Overboard
Unless you’re really attached to a generic dog name, like “Fluffy” or “Max,” it may be best to choose a less-common moniker for your pup.
If you choose a common name, you’ll undoubtedly run into other dogs with the same name as your pup at the dog park or the vet. Choose a name that’s less popular so that there’s less of a chance of confusion.
While it’s a good idea to choose a name that’s a little more original, you may want to avoid any names that other people would find offensive or embarrassing. This includes potential cultural or racial slurs, or general insults.
How will you feel when the vet’s office calls your dog’s name when you’re in a waiting room full of people? If the name might embarrass you, it’s probably a good idea to scratch it off the list and choose a new one.
Consider Personality and Appearance
If you’re really stuck and completely out of ideas for names, take your dog’s personality and appearance into consideration.
If you have a happy pup, “Joy” may be a cute name. “Tiny” may be a good fit for a dachshund with short legs. You can also go with a name that’s the complete opposite of your dog’s appearance, like “Shorty” for a Mastiff.
Celebrities, Hobbies or Memories
Many dog owners choose to name their dogs after something that has meaning to them.
For example, if your dog’s first big outing is to the beach, “Sandy” may be a good name to remind you of that special day. If you’re a lover of music, you might name your dog “Bach” or “Mozart.”
No matter which name you choose for your dog, make sure that it’s one that you love and that your dog responds well to.
Girl Dog Names
Searching for the perfect name for your female dog. Here is our list of popular, unique and emerging girl dog names.
Boy Dog Names
Looking for ideas for your male dog. Here is our list of boy dog names.
Cute Dog Names
Is your dog just so damn cute that only a cute name will do? Here is our list of cute dog names.
|Bee Bee||Beau Dacious||Kisses|
Unique Dog Names
Looking for a dog name that will really stand out from your friends and families dogs. Here are some unique dog name ideas:
Cool Dog Names
Is your dog a bit of a cool cat! Here are some great cool dog names. Out top choice has to be McBadass!
Spanish Dog Names
Looking for a dog name with a bit of Spanish flavor. Here is our list of Spanish dog names.
Japanese Dog Names
There are some really great Japanese inspired dog names. Here is our list of Japanese dog names.
Greek Dog Names
Looking for something strong, powerful or imposing. Maybe a Greek dog name could be just what you are looking for! Many people who have been to Greece are inspired by the stunning architecture and scenery. A Greek inspired dog name can also be a great way to show your Greek heritage.
Some of our top picks are Maximillian, Chaos, Triton and Adonis.
Here is our list.
German Dog Names
German names tend to have a strong and distinct nature. Here is our list of German dog names. Some of our favorites are Klaus, Jaeger & Sigmund.
Irish Dog Names
The Irish are known for their happy go lucky nature, and have some really awesome names. Here is our list of Irish dog names.
Big Dog Names
If you dog is a breed like a Great Dane, Newfoundland, English Mastiff, then a big dog name might be what you are looking for. Some of our favorite large dog names are Sampson, Moose & Biggie Smalls.
|Mister Big||Peewee||Missy Big|
Small Dog Names
Small dogs might be lacking in physical size, but they tend to make up for it with heart and fiestiness. Here is our list of names for little dogs. Our top picks are Pluto, Morsel and Tadpole.
How To Teach A Puppy Its Name
Now that you have chosen a name for your dog, its time to teach them this name. Check out this great video guide on teaching a dog its name.