Black Dog Names

Updated on February 9, 2016
Your black dog will be a great companion to you, so he deserves a fitting name.
Your black dog will be a great companion to you, so he deserves a fitting name. | Source
This sleek, muscular black dog would make a great Jaguar.
This sleek, muscular black dog would make a great Jaguar. | Source

Congratulations on getting a new dog! Whether you a providing a home for a brand-new puppy, a shelter dog, or an old-timer, you'll need to decide what to call him or her. (Of course an older dog may already have a name, but you may be able to change it with patient, gentle training.)

If you've chosen a black dog to become part of your family, you'll want a special name that reflects his appearance and personality. Read on for lots of options to help you decide.

A pretty female dog like this deserves a pretty name. How about Onyx, Jet, or Ebony?
A pretty female dog like this deserves a pretty name. How about Onyx, Jet, or Ebony? | Source

Female Black Dog Names

Although many names for black dogs are gender-neutral, here are a few lovely names that work better for the fairer sex:

  • Ebony
  • Jet
  • Licorice
  • Magic
  • Onyx
  • Pearl

Your adorable little puppy will one day be a big dog, so don't give her a name that's too cutesy. Velvet or Shadow will remind you of her soft fur or mischievous nature long after she's grown without being too precious.
Your adorable little puppy will one day be a big dog, so don't give her a name that's too cutesy. Velvet or Shadow will remind you of her soft fur or mischievous nature long after she's grown without being too precious. | Source

Physical Characteristics

Clearly, the most obvious physical characteristic of a black dog is the color of its coat. (You're probably not going to want to give it a name that would better fit a Golden Retriever, like Sunny!) That makes names like these good options to try:

  • Blackie
  • Carbon
  • Charcoal
  • Midnight
  • Night
  • Shadow

But there are other features that you can focus on in combination with the color of your dog's coat.

  • For a soft, short-haired dog try Velvet.
  • A dog with black eyes could be (black-eyed) Susan.
  • A small dog (a Chihuahua, for example) could be Black Bean.
  • A dog with a sprinkling of gray or white hairs would be a perfect Pepper.
  • If your small dog loves to sneak-attack you, maybe he's a Ninja.
  • A black dog who loves the water could be called Storm or Raincloud.

A black dog this large and furry could only be named Bear.
A black dog this large and furry could only be named Bear. | Source

Dogs That Resemble Other Black Animals

Some black dogs resemble other animals in size or temperament. Here are some other black animals you might want to name your dog after.

  • Angus (a type of black cattle — good for a large, placid dog)
  • Bear (this dog must be huge and shaggy, such as a Newfoundland or an Irish Wolfhound)
  • Jaguar (good for a sleek, muscular dog)
  • Panther (similar to Jaguar, but better if the dog has a hint of a spotty pattern)
  • Penguin (good for a chubbier dog with a white bib)
  • Raven (a great choice for a small, noisy dog)

Names for Black Dogs Derived From Popular Culture

Dogs play a huge role in popular culture, but so do dark characters both good and bad. Try these on for size:

  • Sirius Black (in the Harry Potter series, Sirius can turn himself into a giant black dog: a scary omen that turns out to be a blessing for Harry)
  • Fang or Fluffy (Hagrid's dogs in the Harry Potter series; they're both huge, but Fluffy has the added distinction of having three heads)
  • Nana (after the Darling's babysitter-dog in Peter Pan; in the book she was actually a Newfoundland, not a St. Bernard)
  • Darth Vader (does your dog have a chronically stuffy nose?)
  • Poe (short for Edgar Allan Poe)
  • Zorro (This mysterious defender of the oppressed always wears a black mask and cape.)
  • Toto (Who could forget Dorothy's Cairn Terrier in The Wizard of Oz?)

A serious dog deserves a serious name like Cole or Maurice.
A serious dog deserves a serious name like Cole or Maurice. | Source

Human Names That Work for Black Dogs

There are a lot of names that mean "dark" or "dark-skinned," so if you prefer to call your dog by a human name, here are a few options:

  • Blake
  • Ciaran or Kieran
  • Cole
  • Duff
  • Laila (a female name meaning "Night")
  • Maurice or Morris

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Either one of these puppies would make a great Inkblot because of their irregular black and white patterns.This funny-face dog would make a good Butler in his tuxedo, as long as you can train him to answer the door!This dog's half-mask practically requires you to name him Phantom of the Opera.
Either one of these puppies would make a great Inkblot because of their irregular black and white patterns.
Either one of these puppies would make a great Inkblot because of their irregular black and white patterns. | Source
This funny-face dog would make a good Butler in his tuxedo, as long as you can train him to answer the door!
This funny-face dog would make a good Butler in his tuxedo, as long as you can train him to answer the door! | Source
This dog's half-mask practically requires you to name him Phantom of the Opera.
This dog's half-mask practically requires you to name him Phantom of the Opera. | Source

Names for Black and White Dogs

If your dog is only partially black, consider one of these names that are appropriate for black-and-white dogs such as a Border Collie or a Wire Haired Fox Terrier:

  • Butler (perfect if your dog has tuxedo-shaped white markings)
  • Chess (for an allover black and white pattern)
  • Domino
  • Inkblot
  • Oreo (great for a dog that's black all over except for a creamy white center)
  • Spot (Turn this classic on its head by using it for your mostly black dog with a white spot or two instead of the expected Dalmatian coat.)

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        harry potter freak 

        4 years ago

        fang and sirius :P

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        Brainy Bunny 

        5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Hi, Oliversmum. I guess that explains your username and avatar! Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy your little guy lots!

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        oliversmum 

        5 years ago from australia

        Hi Brainy Bunny. Some great information and names to suit black dogs. Our black dog is named "Oliver" and it suits him perfectly. The name came about when giving him his first bath at 8 weeks old, he was twisting and turning all over the place,so we thought Oliver Twist. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up. :) :)

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        Brainy Bunny 

        5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        I think Oakley is a good name for a pitbull, Turtlewoman. Distinguished, but with a touch of humor. And Onyx would be a good name for a companion, especially if she has a shiny, glossy coat. Thanks for reading!

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        Kim Lam 

        5 years ago from California

        This is cool! I already named my black Pitbull "Oakley" after my black sunglasses. This article will be helpful for later on when I adopt another buddy for him. I'm thinking maybe "Onyx!"

        Thanks

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        Brainy Bunny 

        5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Hi, Blue Sidewinder. That ginormous dog is a Newfoundland. I've heard that they're friendly and gentle, but they're absolutely huge.

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        Evan Eulie 

        5 years ago

        Great names! I love the pictures. Do you know what kind of dog that is in the third picture down? The one named Bear? Very unique looking.

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Rebecca: How clever! I love related names, especially if it's like a puzzle to figure out how they're related.

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        Rebecca Mealey 

        6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        How nice! I've always loved thinking up pet names. This reminds me of a cat that I once had named Stormy. She had one litter of kittens before she got spayed. It was in the Summer, so I named each kitten after that year's

        Hurricane name list!

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Thank you, Love. Maybe I'll use your ideas! ;-)

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        Lovelovemeloveme 

        6 years ago from Cindee's Land

        Wow! thanks! u listed a lot of good names. Im goin to follow case u decide to make a hub on names for white or beige dogs. lol

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Thanks for reading, Mary. I think black dogs are very elegant, but I can see from your profile photo that little white dogs are quite adorable!

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Dr Mark: Ha! Human and animal, we're all the same.

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        Mary Hyatt 

        6 years ago from Florida

        As a dog lover, I just had to read this Hub. I've never had a black dog; I just prefer white over black for some unknown reason. The photos you included are great.

        My miniature schnauzer, Baby, is a little white dog. (I've written Hubs about her), and of course, I think she is the most beautiful dog in the world.

        Great Hub. I voted it UP, etc.

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        Dr Mark 

        6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

        Hey Brainy Bunny, I got a great laugh out of this last night when I read it. My dog is no "inkblot", but even she recline on the couch and complain about her mother in that way!!!

      • Brainy Bunny profile imageAUTHOR

        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        DrMark: So then the dog says, "Doc, let me tell you about my mother. What a b....." Ha!

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        Dr Mark 

        6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

        I guess we would need to ask "And, so why is it you are only seeing a DOG? Do you see dogs all the time? Do you need to talk about this issue?"

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        jellygator 

        6 years ago from USA

        DrMark, do you suppose they'd still see a dog when they looked?

        Great hub, Brainy! I could've brainstormed for a week and come up with one or two at best.

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        I like that, Dr Mark. I'm sure there's a dog out there somewhere who would fit that name perfectly.

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        Dr Mark 

        6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

        Rorschach does sound good! "Okay, Rorschach, come". Everyone would have to look over and see what kind of strange dog you were calling.

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Ha! I guess three dogs is enough for now, but do keep my hub in mind for the future! ;-)

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        chrissieklinger 

        6 years ago from Pennsylvania

        We have 3 dogs,s o no more for awhile! My sister has a black dog too that she just got from the humane society but his name was Biggie and the name fit him too well to change it. The nice thing is maybe a decade from now when I MIGHT need a new black dog...your evergreen hub will still be here for me:)

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Choosing the photos was the most fun I've had all week, Chrissie! I'm sorry I didn't write this hub sooner; I could've helped you out. ;-) Maybe someday Sophie will need a sister or brother, and then you can come back to check out this list again!

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Thanks, clever cat! For Black Bean, I was inspired by a recipe I'm going to make for dinner tomorrow. TeeHeeHee! I like the idea of Rorschach (you'll notice one of the suggestions is Inkblot), but a dog would certainly have to be an intellectual type to pull off that name!

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        chrissieklinger 

        6 years ago from Pennsylvania

        Such cute dog pictures. We have a black dog and the kids wanted to name it Toby, then we found out Toby was actually a female not a male...so we wentr with Sophie because it sounded like Toby. Shadow or Midnight would've worked better...oh well!

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        Rachel Vega 

        6 years ago from Massachusetts

        Oh, I LOVE Black Bean! Also Kieran. What about Rorschach for a black and white one? Fun and cute hub, voted up and interesting.

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Hi, Nature by Dawn. I'm glad you like my suggestions. Sirius Black and Ninja are two of my favorites, too. I thought about both Tux and Panda when I was making the list. They're both good names, so maybe I'll add them in after all. Thanks!

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Thanks, GoodLady. I had a lot of fun thinking up suggestions.

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        Dawn Ross 

        6 years ago

        Sirius Black, Jaguar, Raven, Ninja are my favorites. You have lots of creative names here. I've had a black poodle named Licorice. And I named my black Shep/Border Collie Smokey. Smokey the color is more grayish, but I named him Smokey from Smokey the Bear. How about the name Obsydian? Or Tux or Panda for a black and white dog?

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        Penelope Hart 

        6 years ago from Rome, Italy

        Love your names! Like Butler a LOT!

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        I agree, aivzdog. Just look at the beauty these dogs have -- they're gorgeous! And I'm sure they're just as loving as any dog, right? So why the difference?

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        aivzdog 

        6 years ago

        Its sad how stats show black dogs don't get homes as easily as lighter color breeds.

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