Ideas for Black Dog Names
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.
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.
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:
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.
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?)
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:
- Ciaran or Kieran
- Laila (a female name meaning "Night")
- Maurice or Morris
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)
- 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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