44 Names for Dogs With Big Ears

Updated on October 11, 2017
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Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and author of a column, "Conversations with Champions," for the BCSA magazine, Borderlines.


Dogs’ ears express a variety of emotions from eager attention, to terror, or relaxed contentment. The larger the ears, the louder the statement of your dog’s mood at that moment. If you are looking to name a puppy with large prick ears, long floppy ears, or giant, donkey-like ears, here is a comprehensive list of cute names for dogs with large ears from literature, film, and lore, many of which are unisex.

Please feel free to add your own naming suggestions in the comments section. We love to improve our lists with your ideas, as they are often the best!

Names for Dogs With Big Ears

Audi – Audiologist, a practitioner of the healing arts for the prevention and treatment of hearing loss.

Augie Dog – Popular 1960s cartoon featuring a puppy with large floppy ears.

Baba Looey – Another 1960s cartoon. Quick Draw McGraw featured a wisecracking white horse, Quick Draw, and his Mexican burro sidekick, Baba Looey.

Bambi – Leggy, long-eared fawn of the Disney classic Bambi.

Bigwig – Watership Down rabbit, known for his great strength, courage, and ability to fight. Bigwig’s name comes from an unusually thick tuft of hair on his head. He is stubborn, but that serves him well in his loyalty to his clan in Watership Down. Name your dog Bigwig if you are seeking a powerful family defender.

Brighty – Brighty was a real-life burro immortalized by children’s book author, Marguerite Henry in her award-winning book, Brighty of the Grand Canyon. Brighty is a loyal little donkey beloved for his perseverance and kindness.

Bugs – Bugs Bunny is the Warner Brothers wisecracking rabbit who outsmarts Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck on a daily basis.

Dapple – In the most read novel of all time, Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, Sancho Panza’s steed is a donkey named Dapple.

Donkey Hotay – A cute play on the above Cervantes novel, Don Quixote. You can call your dog Hotay for short.

Eeyore – Clinically depressed donkey and companion of Winnie the Pooh.

Fennec – The fennec fox is all ears! Playful and energetic, they are a beloved pet in Russia.

Fiver – One of the Watership Down rabbits, Fiver is small in size, but possesses a sixth sense. He is able to foretell disasters based on a vague sense of doom. Initially, his gifts are dismissed as madness, but as his predictions never fail, his gifts are eventually viewed with respect.

Flopsy – From series of stories by Beatrix Potter including, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of The Flopsy Bunnies, and The Tale of Mr. Tod. Flopsy, is the mother of the Flopsy bunnies.

Bunny make a cute name for a female with long ears.
Bunny make a cute name for a female with long ears. | Source

Hazel - Hazel becomes the "Chief Rabbit" of a group who flee from a disaster and create a new home on a hill called Watership Down; the group includes Fiver, Bigwig, Blackberry, Dandelion, Pipkin, Silver, Holly, Bluebell, Speedwell, Hawkbit, Buckthorn, Acorn and many others.

Kanga – Short for kangaroo, Australian marsupial.

March – The March Hare, in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is equally as mad as the hatter, believing it is always tea-time. Perpetually late, March is a good name for a dog that tends to hesitate when called home.

Midas – King Midas is well known for his magical touch that turned everything he came in contact with to gold. Lesser known is the fact that he had donkey ears.

Midas was asked to judge a musical contest between the Greek gods, Apollo and Pan. Each god played to the best of his ability, and ultimately Midas judged that Pan was the better musician. Apollo was indignant as he was confident that he was the greater talent. Apollo explained to Midas that the reason for his error in judgment was that he had faulty ears. Apollo corrected Midas’ deficiency by giving him a pair of donkey ears, the better for Midas to hear with.

Mimi – Japanese for ears.

Ohren – German for ears.

Peter – A prominent character in the "Old Mother West Wind" series, in some books known as Peter Cottontail or Peter Rabbit.

Pikachu ­– A Japanese icon, Pikachu is a species of animated characters in the Pokémon franchise.

Pookie – A small white rabbit with wings featured in a series of tales by Ivy Wallace.

Puzzle – A donkey character in C.S. Lewis’ book The Chronicles of Narnia.

Radar – The acronym for RAdio Detection And Ranging, RADAR scans radio waves to detect objects in the air or water.

RogerWho Framed Roger Rabbit, a Disney character, Roger Rabbit, featured in a live action animation film.

Roo – Short for kangaroo, the dear friend of Winnie the Pooh.

Simon – Hebrew for “He who hears.”

Spock – Star Trak character with pointed ears and green blood. Spock is a great name for an austere dog breed such as a Doberman or Great Dane.

Sloo-shy-oo – Russian for “I am Listening.”

Thumper – Enthusiastic rabbit from the Disney animation, Bambi.

Whitey – The white rabbit of Jefferson Airplane fame.

Yoda – Great Jedi warrior of the Star Wars franchise. Yoda is small, wise and agile, making this a great name for a competitive obedience or agility dog.

The fennec fox's ears are larger than his muzzle.
The fennec fox's ears are larger than his muzzle. | Source

Elfin Names for Dogs With Large Pointy Ears

Arwen – Elfin Princess who squanders immortality to help save mankind from doom, Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Dobby – House elf from the Harry Potter Series.

Galadriel – Elfin queen with the power of foresight, Lord of the Rings.

Haldir – Elven Prince from Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Herby - Santa’s elf who secretly wishes to be a dentist.

Kebbler – Cookie cooking elf that lives in a tree.

LegolasLord of the Rings’ Prince of Mirkwood.

The Eastern Wallaroo; you can call him wally for short.
The Eastern Wallaroo; you can call him wally for short. | Source

Names for Giant Breed Dogs with Big Ears

Harvey – A film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Jimmy Stuart as Elwood P. Dowd, an affable man who claims to have an unseen friend, Harvey. Elwood describes Harvey as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka (from Irish/Celtic mythology) a creature resembling a rabbit.

Horton – Dr. Seuss classic, Horton Hears a Who, is the tale of an elephant, Horton, who discovers the microscopic world of Whoville, and protects it from a variety of near tragedies. Horton’s character is marked by his kindness to other species. In another Dr. Seuss book, Horton Hatches an Egg, Horton sits on an egg until Morton, a small winged elephant, hatches. Horton goes on to raise Morton throughout the remainder of the book.

Jumbo – Star attraction in P.T. Barnum’s Greatest Show on Earth, this gigantic circus elephant came from Africa.



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      And Drewson 

      15 months ago from United States

      These are great! Too bad I already named my dog. :)


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