Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and author of the 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 Prick 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 the 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.
More Names for Dogs With Long or Tall Ears
- 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.
- Roger: Who 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.
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.
- Elleth: Elf-woman in Tolkien Elvish.
- Ellon: Efl-man in Tolkien Elvish.
- Ernie: Head Keebler Elf.
- Galadriel: Elfin queen with the power of foresight, Lord of the Rings.
- Haldir: Elven Prince from Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
- Hermey: Santa’s elf who secretly wishes to be a dentist.
- Keebler: Cookie cooking elf company that lives in trees.
- Legolas: Lord of the Rings’ Prince of Mirkwood.
- Snap, Crackle or Pop: The Rice Krispies Elves
- Zack: Keebler fudge factory supervisor
Names for Giant Dog Breeds 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.
Names for Dogs With Large, Floppy Ears
Big, floppy dog ears are usually associated with hounds. These ears, especially those of scent hounds, are intended to help the dog waft the scents of those being tracked up to their noses. Often these dogs also have wattles on their necks (loose folds of neck skin), that help trap these scents near their nose. Top flop-eared dogs and scent hounds include the bloodhound, basset hound and coon hounds among others. These dog names for our floppy-eared companions will give you a variety of dog naming ideas for your velvet eared friend.
- Babs Bunny: Bugs Bunny's sister and assumed transgender counterpart to Bugs. The drag bunny scenes are actually portrayed by Babs, who dons various female costumes to deliver bombs and sundry demolition devices to the enemies of Bug Bunny.
- Baggins: Baggy diminutive for Bilbo Baggins, in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy.
- Bigwig: Watership Down lead rabbit with floppy ears.
- Bugs: The quintessential cartoon bunny of Warner Brothers Fame.
- Eeyore: Flopped eared donkey of Winnie The Pooh; Eeyore is based on the sound that a donkey makes.
- Flopsy: One of Peter Rabbit's sisters and mother to six flop-eared bunnies.
- Honey Bunny: Bugs Bunny's girlfriend.
- Huck: Huckleberry Hound - Cartoon character
- Mimzy: A stuffed rabbit who enhances the intelligence of all children who play with him.. Mimzy is a good name for a family pet.
- Trix: Cereal spokesrabbit.
Zelda on October 21, 2019:
How about Dumbo?
And Drewson from United States on November 03, 2017:
These are great! Too bad I already named my dog. :)