James Livingood has been a dog sitter for several years. He has written numerous articles and a book about the topic because he loves dogs.
Sometimes the best way to name your dog is to find the perfect joke. A light-hearted, funny dog name can help be the best introduction of your canine friend to others. In addition, this method can pay homage to your favorite TV show, movie, song, or more! Lastly, naming your hound a punny name can help towards building a future nickname that suits your doggie companion. Below are 100+ funny dog names, steps to build more, and a video.
Funny Dog Names A-F
Bone, James Bone
Funny Dog Names G-O
George Bernard Paw
Jabba the Mutt
James Earl Bones
Jon Bone Jovi
Kareem Abdul Ja-Bark
L.L. Drool J
McGruff the Crime Dog
Funny Dog Names P-Z
Prince of Barkness
Ruth Bader Ginsbark
Salacious B. Crumb
Sarah Jessica Barker
Sir Arthur Canine Doyle
Sir Francis Bacon
The Notorious D.O.G.
Winnie the Poodle
Xena Waggly Princess
Steps to Building a Pun Dog Name
Sometimes the best way to name your dog is to both pay homage to a particular name while also keeping things fun. This can be accomplished by taking your favorite tv show or movie and contorting it toward a funny name. This may not always work and develop great names, but when it does, the results can be well worth the effort. Here are four steps to building your own punny dog name.
Step 1: Prepare a List of Names
So, what is your favorite TV show or movie? Once you have that, who are the main characters or villains in that show? After that, you can go one level deeper and see which ones are especially funny names. These can be heroes or villains who aren’t normally thought of as cuddly or cute. By making a pun of their name, that adds an extra element of humor.
An example of this could be the Avenger’s movie. In that movie, a scientist turns into a large green monster known as the Hulk. That hero isn’t thought of as cute and cuddly, but rather large and mean. That makes the name perfect for a small and cute dog; because it’s just the opposite. Let’s transform this name into a more punny/funny dog name.
Step 2: Prepare a List of Potential Components
One of the best ways to build a pun is to take components from each element and smash them together. We have a name to use from a favorite show, now we need to look for the other half. What kinds of things do dog do? They bark, drool, yip, wag their tails, shed, fetch and more. What kind of items do they normally like? They like bones, dog food, and chew toys. You can continue to add to this second half of the list by asking things like: components of a dog (paw, ears, etc.), famous dogs, dog tricks (heel, sit, play dead, etc.) and many more.
Step 3: Look at Insertion Points
Now that we’ve built two lists, let’s look for insertion points. The longer the hero/villain name, the better. If the word is only two or four characters, it because much harder to build a pun out of. This is because there are not enough sounds to insert the pun. The name we picked originally, Hulk, only has four characters. That makes it difficult to build a pun. However, the character’s other side “Bruce Banner” is much longer and may work to build something.
On our second list, we look for words that start with the first few letters of the character’s name. In this example, Bruce Banner starts with either Br or Ba. What parts of our second list also start with those letters? The answer is Bark. The next step is to combine the words, sound it out, and determine if it is funny.
Step 4: Sound It Out
Let’s combine the first and second name list at that insertion point: Bruce Barker. That doesn’t sound super funny, until you combine it with the alter ego. Bruce Barker and the Hulk. This could be a great name because it shows a small dog getting angry and then believing they are bigger/badder than they really are.
In addition, if you no longer want to use the full name, you could just say “Bruce” and the dog would respond. This can also be a great name if you get additional dogs as the pack could be the “Avengers” or the “Squirrel Avengers.” The best names are ones that grow with your canine and can change over time.
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