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Dog Names: Hundreds of Suggestions by Color, Breed, Size, and Group

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Holle has owned, trained, and bred dogs for decades. As a former trainer, she has a deep understanding of canine behavior.

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Choosing a Name for Your Dog or Puppy

So . . . you need some ideas for dog names or puppy names, huh? Naming a new furkid can be pretty challenging, but it’s fun, too. But how do you go about choosing a name for a dog? I’d venture to guess that there are millions of great and unique dog names across the planet, along with lots of popular choices, in every language.

Pick One or More of the Following Factors to Narrow Down Your Choice:

  • Breed. If your pooch is a purebred, you might want to choose a moniker that’s breed specific.
  • Color. You could also think about coat color, texture, or pattern. For example, a great name for a black dog could be "Jet," or you might like the name “Woolie” for a pet with a long, thick coat.
  • Personality. This can be used even with puppy names, as a six- or eight-week-old pup has already begun to develop its own unique personality.
  • Country of Origin. You might also want to think about the breed's country of origin. For example, a Mexican (Spanish) name for a Chihuahua can be fun and unique. Likewise, a Russian name for a Siberian Husky would be an awesome fit.
  • Group Association. Another way to choose a name for a dog is to associate it with the group to which the breed belongs. Is it a member of the herding group or is it a pampered lap dog? If it's in the hunting group, you can pick a name based on the animal it hunts, such as "Eagle" or "Buck."
  • Size. Dog size can influence the name you select, too. Big, small, medium, giant—all of these categories have different connotations that can help you select or think of some names.

Have fun perusing the hundreds of dog names below! There are name lists for all the following categories.

Dog Name Categories

Male dogs

Black dogs

Funny dog names

Female dogs

White dogs

Terriers

German shepherds

Spotted white and black dogs

Hunting dogs

Golden retrievers

Brown dogs

Irish breeds

Herding dogs

Japanese breeds

Scottish terriers and other Scottish breeds

Dogs with blue or gray coats

Mexican breeds

Big dogs

Small dogs

Cute dog names

 

This is Hamlet.

This is Hamlet.

How to Pick a Moniker for Male Dogs

Dog names for males can run the gamut, from simple or regal to tough-sounding. Let the name fit the dog.

An independent, take-charge type might be named “Captain,” while a great companion animal might be named “Buddy.” If you're looking for a protective guard dog name, you might prefer something more menacing, like “Cerberus.” If your puppy is always causing problems, you might want to name him something like “Demon” or “Mischief.”

Male Dog Names

Adonis

Cosmo

Marlboro

Ruffles

Aladdin

Curly

Marley

Ruthless

Alamo

Dagger

Marmaduke

Sam

Apollo

Dagwood

Maverick

Sandy

Astro

Dakota

Milo

Sarge

Axel

Dante

Mingo

Satch

Axman

Darwin

Mischief

Scamp

Bandit

Demon

Mister

Scarecrow

Banjo

Deputy Dog

Moonraker

Scooter

Bing

Dillon

Murdoch

Shakespeare

Bingo

Dino

Neo

Shane

Blinkie

Doc

Odie

Sherlock

Bo

Draco

Oscar

Shoshone

Bongo

Drummer

Otis

Shylock

Booker

Duke

Pal

Sidewinder

Boomer

Ensign

Petie

Simon

Bowie

Falcor

Phoenix

Sinbad

Bubba

Falstaff

Pickles

Sirius

Buccaneer

Fiddler

Pirate

Skipper

Buck

Fiddlesticks

Playboy

Solo

Buddy

Fonze

Player

Sparky

Budweiser

Fortunato

Pluto

Spike

Bugler

Frisco

Poe

Sully

Bugsy

Gadget

Poker

Sundance

Buster

Gallagher

Popeye

Sylvester

Butch

Gallahad

Porter

Top Hat

Caesar

Gambler

Prince

Tex

Callahan

General

Puck

Topper

Cantankerous

Groucho

Ramrod

Toughie

Captain

Growler

Rapscallion

Tramp

Cash

Hamlet

Rascal

Trampus

Cerberus

Hardy

Rebel

Trooper

Chance

Hatchet

Rebound

Tubby

Chief

Hellion

Rembrandt

Tug

Charlie

Hero

Renegade

Turk

Chevy

Hotshot

Rex

Twister

Chip

Howitzer

Rhett

Vagabond

Chipper

Jax

Ringo

Viceroy

Chopper

Jazz

Risky

Viking

Cisco

Jumper

Rocket

Voyager

Cleo

King

Rocky

Zane

Cochise

Levi

Romeo

Zeke

Colonel

Lobo

Rover

 

Coolhand Luke

Lucky

Rowdy

 

Cooper

Major

Ruff

 

A sweet female boxer dog

A sweet female boxer dog

Picking a Moniker for Female Dogs

Most of the following female dog names have a feminine sound, but some are just fun. Girl dog names can take on a personality all their own, whether it’s feminine, flirty, cute, or elegant.

Choose carefully, and make sure the name is a good fit. Say it out loud several times to see how it feels. If you select a longer name, you’ll probably want to have some idea about how to shorten it for everyday use.

Female Dog Names

Aloha

Dreamer

Lulabell

Sahara

Ambrosia

Duchess

Lulu

Sandi

Amethyst

Echo

Madame

Scarlett

Annabelle

Elle

Majesty

September

Aphrodite

Elsinore

Maggie Mae

Serendipity

Arabesque

Empress

Mascara

Serenity

Ariel

Enya

Mellow

Sexy

Aster

Eshara

Melody

Shasta

Athena

Faline

Mimi

Sheba

Barbie

Felicity

Mimosa

Shy-Ann

Bella

Fern

Minerva

Sissy

Belle

Flicka

Missy

Snapdragon

Bellona

Flower

Molly

Soho

Blossom

Freya

Moppi

Star

Bootsie

Friskie

Morgana

Stargazer

Bougainvillea

Gal

Moxie

Summer

Buttermilk

Gardenia

Muffy

Sunflower

Calamity

Gem

Music

SuzieQ

Camellia

Genie

Nala

Sweetpea

Candytuft

Gidget

Nellie

Tango

Cherry

Gigi

Oliveoil

Telstar

Chloe

Gypsy

Orchid

Topaz

Clarabelle

Harmony

Pandora

Treasure

Clementine

Hydrangea

Peony

Trixie

Conga

Iris

Periwinkle

Tuesday

Cosmos

Ishtar

Petal

Tulip

Countess

Isis

Petunia

Twinkle

Daffodil

Izzy

Piper

Verbena

Dahlia

Jasmine

Portia

Venus

Daiquiri

Juliet

Princess

Wildfire

Daisy

Karma

Queenie

Willow

Dancer

Lady

Rhapsody

Wind Dancer

Dandelion

Larkspur

Rain Dancer

Windsong

Dandi

Lavender

Regal

Winsome

Della

Layla

Rosemary

Zephyr

Dixie

Lily

Rosie

 

Dora Explora

Lola

Roz

 

A German Shepherd and her pups

A German Shepherd and her pups

What to Call Your German Shepherd

Most of these German Shepherd names are based on monikers of German or Teutonic origin, so they’d be appropriate for any dog breeds that were developed in that nation.

These could include the Great Dane, the Boxer, the Dachshund, the German shorthaired pointer, the Doberman, the Rottweiler, and others.

German Shepherd Names

Adrian

Dagmar

Hansel

Oswald

Alrik

Dirk

Heidi

Otto

Arabella

Dolph

Helga

Porsche

Audi

Dragnet

Helmut

Riesling

Bach

Edsel

Herman

Roland

Baldemar

Englebert

Hilda

Rolf

Baron

Everhardt

Hildegard

Rudolf

Bavaria

Franz

Johann

Rutger

Beemer

Friedrich

Kaiser

Schnitzel

Beethoven

Fritz

Konig

Schulz

Benz

Gerhard

Leopold

Sigfriend

Berenger

Gerta

Liesel

Sigmund

Berta

Gertrude

Lorelei

Tab

Bismarck

Giselle

Lothringen

Trudie

Blitz

Greta

Ludwig

Valdemar

Brandt

Gretchen

Lutz

Wagner

Brock

Gretel

Marx

Waldo

Brunhilde

Gunter

Matilda

Wilhelm

Bruno

Hamlet

Max

Wolf

Chancellor

Hannover

Mercedes

Wolfgang

Conrad

Hans

Mitzi

Wulfgar

 

 

 

Zelda

Golden retriever

Golden retriever

Picking a Moniker for Golden Retrievers

I used to breed golden retrievers, and I love the breed. Most of the Golden Retriever names I’ve suggested here are based on coat color. The goldie’s coat can range from a buff color to a rich gold to a reddish-gold.

I also included the name “Tweed” because the breed was developed in Scotland by Baron Tweedmouth. The following dog names would be suitable for just about any dog that had a similarly colored coat.

Golden Retriever Names

Amber

Cheddar

Karat

Ruddy

Auburn

Ember

Knox

Rusty

Aurora

Fawn

Midas

Sesame

Autumn

Flame

Miner

Simba

Bambi

Ginger

Nugget

Sundown

Blondie

Glimmer

Prospect

Sunshine

Bombshell

Glitter

Rafiki

Sunny

Brandy

Goldenrod

Red

Tawny

Buffy

Goldie

Redman

Toffee

Butterscotch

Honey

Ruby

Velveeta

Caramel

Goldilocks

Rufus

 

Border collie, a type of herding dog

Border collie, a type of herding dog

Names for Herding Dogs

Herding dogs are those breeds that round up, single out, and move herds of animals, according to their masters’ signals and commands.

These are usually super intelligent dogs, and the dog breeds represent a broad range of colors and color patterns. Since that’s the case here, most of these suggested names have more to do with the dogs’ line of work.

Herding Dog Names

Ace

Cyclone

Nipper

Speedy

Boss

Dingo

Orbit

Streaker

Brand

Dodger

PIlot

Tempest

Bronco

Driver

Pouncer

Tornado

Buzzy

Drover

Rawhide

Trapper

Catcher in the Rye

Fencer

Roper

Traveler

Champ

Jackaroo

Rounder

Whirlwind

Chase

Lasso

Roundup

Whiplash

Clipper

Levi

Rustler

Winder

Cowboy

Lightfoot

Snapper

Wrangler

A dog with a gray coat

A dog with a gray coat

Dog Breeds With Gray or Blue Coats

There are several dog breeds that have blue or gray coats, including the Weimaraner, the blue Great Dane, the Kerry blue terrier, the Schnauzer, the blue pit bull, and others.

The coat colors can range from a pale gray to a silver-gray to a deep steel gray with a bluish hue. If you want your dog's name to be in keeping with its coat color, check out the following suggestions.

Names for Dogs With Blue or Gray Coats

Abalone

Gale

Misty

Sharky

Ashes

Gandalf

Mouse

Silverado

Azure

Ghost

Nickel

Slate

Blue

Granite

Palladium

Smoky

Bluebell

Greyfriar

Pewter

Smurf

Caribbea

Gunmetal

Phantom

Sterling

Chateau

Indigo

Platinum

Steel

Cinderella

Iron Man

Quicksilver

Steely Dan

Danube

London Fog

Saber

Stormy

Dawn

Mercury

Sapphire

Thunder

Dusty

Metallica

Schooner

Twilia

Flannel

Mica

Seafarer

Twilight

Foghorn

Mirage

Shady

Violet

 

 

 

Vulcan

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Black Dog Names

Canines with coats of jet have a certain mystique about them, so black dog names should be special. Black is also often associated with death, evil, and magic, so keep that in mind, too.

The following names for black puppies could be used for Newfoundlands, Dobermans, Rottweilers, black Great Danes, Portuguese water dogs, and more. These would also be good names for black Labs.

Names for Black Dogs

Beauty

Emo

Merlin

Shiner

Blackbeard

Gothic

Midnight

Smut

Blackbird

Grim Reaper

Necromancer

Spellbinder

Boo

Incantation

Nightmare

Spooky

Bruja (witch)

Inky

Nightshade

Tattoo

Carbon

Jet

Obsidian

Terror

Cole (or Coal)

Kettle

Onyx

Vader

Congo

Lava

Panther

Velvet

Damien

Licorice

Pepper

Viper

Diablo

Kingsford

Raven

Warlock

Ebony

Magic

Scorpion

Widow

Eclipse

Mamba

Shadow

 

A beautiful dog with a white coat

A beautiful dog with a white coat

How to Name a White Dog

Okay, now for white dog names. Think about things that we often associate with the color white, and that’ll be a good way to begin your decision-making process.

Names for white dogs would work for several different dog breeds, including the Samoyed, the Maltese, the Bichon Frise, the Great Pyrenees, the Westie, and others.

White Dog Names

Ajax

Chinook

Juneau

Satin

Alabaster

Cloud

Kenai

Seraphim

Alaska

Cool Whip

Lacy

Shasta

Angel

Cotton

Lightening

Shiver

Antarctica

Divinity

Luna

Snowball

Arctic

Doily

Mayo

Siberia

Blanche

Dove

Moonshine

Sitka

Blaze

Dover

Mr. Clean

Spirit

Blizzard

El Blanco

Noodles

Talcum

Camelot

Flurry

Opal

Titanium

Casper

Frosty

Pasta

Tundra

Chablis

Glow

Pearl

Vanilla

Chalk

Halo

Polar Bear

Whitefang

Chantilly

Helsinki

Polaris

Winter

Chardonnay

Ice

Powder

Yukon

Chastity

Ivory

Rainier

Zinc

Cherub

Jewel

Reykjavik

Zircon

A black and white dog

A black and white dog

Picking a Moniker for a Spotted Dog

Black and white dog names are fun. I’ve always liked that sharp contrast between light and dark. We actually have a black and white boy – a harlequin Great Dane.

No, we didn’t choose one of the following names for black and white dogs. Instead, we named him according to his enormous size and his breed. Consider these black and white dog names for border collies, Dalmatians, Landseers, mantle and harlequin Great Danes, and other bi-colored pooches.

Spotted White and Black Dog Names

Calico

Mandigo

Patches

Ripple

Cameo

Motley

Penguin

Tiddlywinks

Checkers

Mottlemutt

Piano

Tuxedo

Chess-ter

Old Paint

Pied Piper

Yin-Yang

Domino

Othello

Pinto

Zebra

Freckles

Oreo

Polka-Dot

 

Jester

Panda

Poker Chips

 

Two pretty brown dogs

Two pretty brown dogs

How Many Ways Can You Say Brown?

Names for brown dogs are easy, although they’re not really very numerous. How many ways can you say “brown”? A really great tip is to pick a name that resembles a certain tone of brown. For example, you can call a reddish-brown dog "Amber," or a golden-brown puppy "Whiskey."

Still, you can have some fun with the titles you give canines of this coat color. Brown doesn’t have to be boring—and that includes the names.

Names for Brown Dogs

Amaretto

Copper

Latte

Sanka

Brown Bess

Count Chocula

Leather

Sealy

Buckeye

Cuppa

Mahogany

Sepia

Cappuccino

Espresso

Mocha

Sienna

Chestnut

Fudge

Molasses

Sorrel

Choco

Folger

Mugs

Starbuck

Chocolata

Hazelnut

Nutmeg

Tanner

Cinnamon

Hershey

Pebbles

T-Berry

Chestnut

Jack Daniels

Penny

Toast

Clove

Khaki

Pepsi

Umber

Cocoa

Kodiak

Raisinette

Walnut

Coffee

Kona

Reese

Whiskey

Cola

Kopi

Sable

 

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Got a Breed From Japan?

I had to think up a couple of Japanese dog names when I had my Akitas. I chose Nikki and Saki, and I included them on the list below. Use Japanese dog names for breeds like the Akita, the Shiba Inu, the Japanese chin, and more.

Japanese Dog Names

Akira

Hyogo

Miso

Saki or Sake

Bachiko

Kabuki

Mitsubishi

Samurai

Chigasaki

Kamikaze

Miyagi

Sensei

Chiisai

Karate

Mocha

Shiba

Dango

Karukan

Monaka

Shogun

Dojo

Kenji

Nagasaki

Sukiyaki

Emperor

Kimi

Namagashi

Sushi

Etsu

Kochi

Nara

Takai

Fuji

Koko

Nikki

Teriyaki

Fukushima

Konnichiwa

Ninja

Tokyo

Geisha

Kyoto

Obi

Tori

Hachi

Maiko

Okinawa

Toyota

Haiku

Manju

Osaka

Yamato

Hiroshima

Matsumoto

Saga

 

A Chihuahua

A Chihuahua

Spanish Monikers for Your Chihuahua or Xolo

If you have a new Chihuahua or a Xolo puppy, you might be interested in Mexican dog names. Puppy names for these pint-sized pooches can easily be Mexican and Spanish monikers, which might give folks a hint as to what dog breeds they are.

Chihuahuas and the toy class of Xolos are both tiny, so the names might be bigger than the dogs!

Mexican Dog Names

Adobe

Chorizo (sausage)

Guacamole

Pepe

Adobo

Churros (a dessert)

Habanero

Pequeno (small)

Almendrado (a dessert)

Cilantro

Horchata (a beverage)

Perrito (puppy; little dog)

Amigo

Corazon (heart)

Juanito

Picante

Ancho

Corona

Linda (pretty)

Pico

Angelica

Cruz

Margarita

Queso

Bandito

Domingo (Sunday)

Maria

Rafael

Biscochos (tiny cookies)

Dos Equis

Mariachi

Ramiro

Burrito

El Guapo (handsome)

Menudo

Salsa

Caballero

Enchilada

Nacho

Sapote (a fruit)

Carnita

Esmerelda

Ole

Santiago

Cecilia

Esperanza (hope)

Pablo

Sopapilla

Cerveza (beer)

Dulce (sweet)

Pace

Taco

Charanda (a drink)

Fajita

Paco

Tamale

Chica or Chico (girl or boy)

Flan

Pambazo (a bread)

Tequila

Chimichanga

Frijoles

Pancho Villa

Tia

Chili Pepper

Fundito

Pancita

Zapato

Chipotle

Gordito (little fatty)

Patron

 

The Samoyed

The Samoyed

Dog Names for Russian Breeds

If you think Russian dog breeds should have “ethnic” names, I have some. The following dogs names would be appropriate for the Borzoi, the Siberian Husky, the black Russian terrier, the Samoyed, and other breeds of the same country of origin.

Russian Dog Names

Alexander

Jovan

Natashia

Smirnoff

Alexi

Kara

Nicholas

Sonia

Anastasia

Katerina

Niko

Sputnik

Anatoli

Krushchev

Nikolai

Stalin

Andrei

Kira

Oleg

Stravinsky

Baikal

Kremlin

Olga

Sveta

Boris

Laika

Ona

Tatianna

Caspian

Lara

Onega

Tchaikovsky

Chekhov

Lena

Panya

Tesla

Comrade

Leo

Pavlova

Tolstoy

Danika

Leonid

Petro

Troika

Darva

Luka

Pravda

Trotsky

Dimitri

Maiya

Pushkin

Vanya

Fyodor

Marta

Raina

Vlad

Gala

Mikhail

Rasputin

Vladimir

Gulag

Mila

Romanov

Yeva

Helina

Misha

Sacha

Yuri

Igor

Moscow

Samara

Zarya

Innya

Nadia

Sarafan

Zora

Ivan

Nakita

Sergei

 

Unique dog names are often humorous. This is Buford T. Sparkplug.

Unique dog names are often humorous. This is Buford T. Sparkplug.

How About a Little Humor for Inspiration?

Now for the really fun part—funny dog names! You can go in practically any direction with this. One of my ancestors served under General Robert E. Lee in the Civil War, and he hated the general.

After the war was over, my relative got a really ugly bulldog and named him after Lee. Of course, funny dog names are often tongue-in-cheek titles, and some give people pause when they hear the names.

Funny Dog Names

Alf

Down-the-Hatch

Hoover

Puptent

Arf

Drooly

Hot Sauce

Rabid

Barkley

Dripper

Houdini

Rags2riches

Barko-lounger

Dumas

Howler

Rugrat

Bad Idea

Dustbunny

Hyde

Rutabaga

Beanie Weenie

Erkle

Hydrant

Saggy

Beano

E.T.

Inmate

Scruffy

Biscuit

Fang

Ix-Nay

Shaggy Britches

Black Hole

Farbarker

Jack the Ripper

Shi' Thead (pronounced shih 'TADE)

Blob

Farklemeister

Kay-9

Shoester

Bones

Fleabag

Kitty

Shredder

Bowzer

Fleataxi

Likker

Sir Chompsalot

Bozo

Fluffernut

Little Focker

Slasher

Billo Pad

Folly

Loafer

Slipper

Budget

Freebie

Mayhem

Sooner

Buzzard

Frisbee

Miss Piggy

Sparkplug

Buzzsaw

Frito

Moneypit

Stinky

Chaos

Fugly

Mothball

Sweet Tater

Cheddar

Furball

Mozzarella

Swiffer

Cheese Curl

Furbie

Nod

Tater

Cheese Cutter

Gatorbait

Oafie

Tater Tot

Chewbacca

Giggles

Oddjob

Tazz

Chili

Gluestick

Oopsie

Tripper

Chopper

Gnawgahide

Paddy O'Poopsie

Trouble

Chuckles

Goat

Peemo (pee machine)

Turkey Leg

Clueless

Gobbler

Petmi

Uncle

Cornpone

Gonzo

Piddler on the Rug

Velcro

Crooner

Goober

Piranha

Wookie

Dammit

Gremlin

Pokey

Xanax

Dick Ed

Grrruffles

Pork Chop

Yoda

Digger

Gumball

Possum

Zipper

Diogi (D.O.G.)

Hambone

Psycho

 

Disposal

Heinz

Puddles

 

Ditto

Hooter

Pugh E.

 

Most terriers have serious attitude!

Most terriers have serious attitude!

Monikers for Terriers

Terriers have a reputation for being fearless, feisty, and full of energy. Most terriers were bred to hunt and kill vermin, including mice, rats, rabbits, badgers, foxes, and other critters that use underground burrows. The name “terrier” actually comes from the Latin word for earth, by the way.

Terrier Dog Names

Badger

Feisty

Reckless

Terry

Critter

Joe Dirt

Rooter

Tiller

Digger

Plowboy

Scrapper

Varmint

Farmer

Pugnacious

Tenacious

 

Fearless

Ratatouille

Terra Firma

 

A hunter and his dog

A hunter and his dog

Choosing a Name for Hunting Dogs

Hunting dogs can be members of the hound group or the sporting group. Hounds use their noses or their eyesight to find game.

Sporting dogs might use their noses to track game birds, or their job might be to find the birds once they’re shot and bring the prey back to the hunter. The hunting dog names below are all associated in some way with hunting or retrieving, but they are inspired by masculinity and toughness.

You can give your hunting dog a feminine and cute name, such as "Devana" (inspired the Roman goddess of hunt) or "Scout" (the main character in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.)

Names for Hunting Dogs

Ace

Commando

Jake

Scope

Achilles

Cooper

Jed

Scout

Aim-ee

Crow

Kiowa

Sharps

Ammo

Daffy

Kit Carson

Shelly

Arapaho

Dan Quail

Kudos

Shooter

Arrowsmith

Deadeye

Laken

Shotgun

Artemis

Decoy

Machete

Singles

Assassin

Derringer

Magnum

Sioux

Bagger

Diana

Mallard Fillmore

Skeet

Bazooka

Doubles

Marksman

Sniffer

Bocephus

Drake

Mars

Soldier

Bond

Duckie

Marsh

Sounder

Boomerang

Eagle

Marsha

Sport

Bramble

Elmer Fudd

Meadow

Springer

Briarcliff

Elvis

Mossberg

Springfield

Brook

Falcon

Musketeer

Stage

Browning

Feral

Orion

Stretch

Brushy

Fetcher

Osage

Strider

Buckshot

Fetchit

Otoe

Sylvan

Buffalo Bill

Fields

Pawnee

Target

Bullet

Flash

Pistol

Thorny

Bullseye

Flicker

Quagmire

Tiger

Bunny

Forest

Quester

Trailblazer

Bush

Gameboy

Quicksand

Trapper John

Bushmaster

Glock

Quiver

Trax

Cabela

Goose

Rambler

Trekker

Camo

Grouse

Ranger

Trigger

Campo

Grover

Redneck

Tussock

Case

Gunner

Reload

Victory

Cazador

Gunsmoke

Remington

Vixen

Chatto

Handy

River

Warrior

Cheetah

Hawk

Rossi

Wesson

Cimarron

Hawkeye

Ruger

Winchester

Cody

Henry

Safari

Woody

Colt

Hickok

Sage

 

Comanche

Hunter

Savage

 

An Irish Setter

An Irish Setter

Names for Irish Breeds

Top o’ the morning to you. So you’ll be lookin’ for some Irish names for dogs, will ye? Faith and begorrah, I have me own ideas on the matter.

Seriously, Irish dog names are perfect choices for Irish Wolfhounds, Irish setters, Glen of Imaal terriers, Kerry blue terriers, and soft-coated wheaten terriers.

Irish Dog Names

Ardan

Darby

Leprechaun

Ronan

Ballymote

Derry

Limerick

Regan

Balor

Diarmaid

Lorcan

Seamus

Banshe

Doffer

Maeve

Sean

Bard

Dullahan

Meara

Selkie

Bartley

Enda

McGinty

Shamrock

Biddy

Ennis

Molly Maguire

Shannon

Blarney

Erin

Molly Malone

Sheenagh

Brianna

Faolan

Morrigan

Shillelagh

Ciara

Fergus

Mulligan

Sinead

Clooney

Finn

Murphy

Tara

Colleen

Finnegan

Oisin

Teagan

Conan

Flynn

O'Leary

Tipperary

Connor

Gilgarry

O'Reilly

Waltzing Matilda

Cormac

Kelly

Paddy

Yseult

Cuchulainn

Kelpie

Quinlan

 

Dagda

Kerry

Roddy

 

Danny Boy

Kildare

Reynard

 

A Scottish terrier

A Scottish terrier

Names for Scottish Terriers and Other Scottish Dog Breeds

My ancestors came from Scotland, so just about anything that has to do with the country interests me. Yes, that includes Scottish names for dogs. There are some great dog breeds that originated in Scotland.

I’ve already mentioned the golden retriever, and there are also Scottish terriers, Scottish deerhounds, West Highland white terriers, Gordon setters, Skye terriers, Shetland sheepdogs, and other breeds.

Scottish Dog Names

Angus

Dallas

Jennet

Peyton

Aynsley

Donald

Jock

Quinn

Banquo

Douglas

Kade

Rob Roy

Barb'ry Allen

Duncan

Kenzie

Rose

Barclay

Dunmore

Kiltie

Scottie

Blair

Erwyn

Lad

Selkirk

Bonnie

Fergus

Lassie

Shellycoat

Braveheart

Fiona

Lennox

Sima

Brigadoon

Fletcher

Lindsay

Skibo

Broden

Fraser

Logan

Skye

Bruce

Fyfe

Macbeth

Stewart

Caledonia

Gavan

Macduff

Tam o'Shanter

Camdan

Glengarry

Macruff

Tavish

Campbell

Gordon

Macintosh

Todd

Chalmer

Gunna

Maggie

Todd

Celt

Hamish

Malcolm

Torri

Clootie

Heather

Murdoch

Wallace

Clyde

Iona

Murray

Wulver

Colina

Inverness

Nessie

 

Culloden

Ivanhoe

Patrick

 

My big dog!

My big dog!

Big Dog Names

In my opinion, big dog names should usually imply size and power. That is, of course, unless you want to be sarcastic and give such a dog a name like “Tiny.” That can be fun!

If, on the other hand, you prefer to stick to real big dog names, I have a few for you to consider.

Alpha

Diesel

Limo

Tank

Amazon

Dozer

Mack

Terminator

Attila

Everest

Magum

Thor

Avenger

Gangsta

Max

Thug

Bear

Gladiator

Maximus

Thunder

Bertha

Goliath

Mega

Thunderpaws

Bruiser

Gravity

Moby

Titan

Brutus

Grizzly

Moose

Train

Bull

Hammer

Ogre

Tron

Bully

Hercules

Olympia

Truck

Cadillac

Hoss

Ox

U-Haul

Clout

Hugo

Quad

Widowmaker

Colossus

Hulk

Quake

Xena

Cronus

Jumbo

Sasquatch

Yeti

Crush

Kilimanjaro

Shrek

Zeus

Cujo

Kong

Sledge

Zilla

Small dog attack!

Small dog attack!

Names for Small Dogs

I know this is bad to say, but when I think of little dogs, I usually think immediately of the pampered pooches that ride around in ladies’ handbags and wear bows and ribbons in their hair.

You know the ones I’m talking about – the diva doggies that wear fancy rhinestone collars and make visits to canine spas. Anyway, here’s my list of names for small dogs.

Armani

Coach

Gucci

Pip

Atom

Cocktail

Halfpint

Pixie

Baby

Coco

Honey Bee

Pokemon

Bentley

Diamond

Juicy

Prada

Bilbo

Dinghy

Ladybug

Ritz

Bit o' Honey

Dinkums

Lipstick

Rolex

Bitsy

Diva

Little Man

Runway

Bling-Bling

Dolce

Micro

Shorty

Bonbon

Emerald

Midge

Squeaker

Boutique

Fashion

Minnie

Swank

Brie

Ferrari

Minuet

Teeny

Bubbles

Fifth Avenue

Munchkin

Tiffany

Butterfly

Foxy

Opera

Tinkerbell

Buttons

Frappe

Paris

Tiny

Cartier

Frodo

Peanut

Toi

Caviar

Giorgio

Peewee

Token

Champagne

Glam

Pez

Vuitton

Chanel

Glitzie

Pinkie

 

A cute dog in an adorable dress

A cute dog in an adorable dress

Cute Dog Names

Cute dog names are extremely popular for all shapes, sizes, and breeds of dogs. After all, most of us own canines for companionship, and most owners love their pets.

Cute, sweet, or unique dog names and puppy names give us just one more opportunity to show our affection.

Apricot

Cupid

Meringue

Skittles

Babycakes

Custard

Muffin

Smoothie

Bubble Gum

Dimples

Parfait

Snickers

Candy

Dumpling

Peaches

Soufflé

Cheesecake

Eclair

Peppermint

Spicy

Cobbler

Fondue

Petits Fours

Strudel

Cookie

Gingerbread

Pistachio

Sundae

Cotton Candy

Jelly Bean

Popcorn

Sugar

Cracker Jack

Jujubean

Popsicle

Taffy

Creampuff

Kissie

Praline

Tapioca (Tappi, for short)

Creme Brulee

Lovie

Puddin'

Teacake

Crepe Suzette

Maple

Pumpkin

Truffle

Cuddles

Marshmallow

Sherbet

 

Cupcake

Marzipan (Marzi, for short)

Shortcake

 

Questions & Answers

Question: What is a good name for a tan female Cockapoo?

Answer: How about Buffy, Sandy or Tan-isha?

Question: What is a good name for a male beige color French bulldog?

Answer: Taffy, Caramel, Latte, Caramello.

Question: I'm getting a female black and brown brindle Pomeranian. What is the perfect name?

Answer: Tigress.

Question: I’m adopting a black flat coat retriever whose name is Keshet. What is a good name that is close enough as not to confuse her?

Answer: Catch-It.

Question: What is a great name for a white Jack Russell with a tan patch over her eye?

Answer: Anne Bonny or Sadie, after famous female pirates.

Question: I adopted a 100 lb. 5-year-old Rottweiler/Labrador mix. Named MVP. He gets carried away with affection, almost mauling me with kisses and soft bites as he crawls onto my lap. Thinking of naming him Trouble. Is Trouble a good name for my Rottweiler?

Answer: Trouble is cute, but you might want to consider a name that sounds like the name he's used to in order to avoid confusing him.

Question: I have a brindle and white pit male. He is feisty and fearless and loveable. I would like to name him something starting with B or E and just can't come up with just the right name. Any suggestions?

Answer: Barney, Brutus, Echo, Elrod.

Question: We have a female bulldog named Ice and are getting a male chocolate lab. What should we name him?

Answer: What about Coco, Fudge, Brownie, Hershey, Snickers, etc?

Question: Can you suggest a name for a Shih Tzu dog?

Answer: My friend has several dogs of that breed. Their names are/have been Skittles, Journey, Snickers, Spike, Toffee, and Annabelle.

Question: What is a good name for a black and white male puppy?

Answer: Domino.

Question: What is a good name for a female puppy with white and brown color?

Answer: Caramel, Sundae or Parfait sounds good.

Question: What's a good name for a black cocker spaniel working bitch?

Answer: Remington - Remi, for short.

Question: What is a good name for a male dog, white with black over one eye, other than Patches or Spot?

Answer: How about "Pirate"?

Question: What's a good name for a chihuahua with webbed front feet?

Answer: What about something that refers to swimming? Perhaps use the last name of an Olympic swimmer.

Question: What could be a good dog name based on the color purple?

Answer: Violet, Blue, Amethyst.

Question: Have you suggestions for a female Shih tzu please?

Answer: My friend has several dogs of that breed. Their names are Skittles, Journey, Snickers, and Annabelle.

Question: what is a good name for a blue female chihuahua?

Answer: Indigo.

Question: What's a name that goes with Roamer and Gypsy?

Answer: I suggest "Ranger," "Traveler," or "Vagabond."

Question: What is a good name for a brindle hound?

Answer: Elvis.

Question: What’s a good name for a white chi, with a light brown ring around his eye?

Answer: Target, Bullseye, Burrito, Frito may be good names for a dog.

Question: I have a Boxer that is white with three scattered tan spots. What should I name her?

Answer: How about Target, Spanky or Pinto?

Question: What's a good name for my male puppy? He's brown and is only going to weigh about 8-10 pounds.

Answer: Here are some options: Cocoa, Fudge, Bonbon, Truffle.

Comments

Nicole on September 08, 2020:

I love how there is a extra section for funny names when the individual categories are already funny enough because they are all a list of phrases that come up if you google that specific keyword. Especially the german section - half of the them sound so aggressively german that no native-german speaker would choose them and the other half is just ~strange :) same for the japanese section...

Kittywheeler on July 31, 2020:

We are getting a mix between Red and Blue healer. Dont know the gender, any good name ideas for both genders?

Ella on May 12, 2020:

Milla-

I've always wanted a black toy poodle. I would call her Lacey

Milla on May 05, 2020:

what is a good name for a black female poodle.we were thinking of Luca is it a good name for a girl?

Lauren on June 12, 2019:

What is a good name for a small apricot colored female?

Alexis on June 11, 2019:

What is a good name for a white dog with tan spots that is a female st bernard?

Richard on May 09, 2019:

Great hub very universal for all dogs, hope to settle on a name soon for our new man. Have had many names for all our previous, Khyla, boots, Cherrie, Tasha, Dee, Zac and some I just can’t remember.

AJ on April 01, 2019:

We are getting a male Hungarian Vizsla pup in a few weeks.....any suggestions

Kayla on March 26, 2019:

What’s a good name for a male dachshund that has brown and tan spots?

Sarah on February 16, 2019:

Is there a reason there are so many demonic names here?.. please do not name your dogs these names.. you are opening doors you do not want open.

Chrissy on January 24, 2019:

My chihuahua's name was Kenny. It was perfect for him.

Zoe on November 19, 2018:

I am getting a try color be one doodle and looks like a bernese mountain dog. What should I name him? He is very cuddly but will be very big.

Lacey on September 22, 2018:

I am getting a miniture pinscher brown and rust colored male and need a good name

Frank Dang on September 06, 2018:

What crack head came up with these names?

Karol on August 28, 2018:

We rescued a 1/2 black lab and 1/2 dalmatian. He is the sweetest dog ever!! Unfortunately - Duke just doesn't fit him.. Did I mention he is sweet and calm.

No to spot, freckles... I like to give my dogs a "name". I like Johnny but my family hates it - - HELP....

jennmink7 on July 31, 2018:

Late for the light tan dog.

Nika on July 25, 2018:

Whats a good name for a white and brindle amstaff?

Steph from UK on July 11, 2018:

I really need help naming my puppy. She is a mini Goldendoodle with chocolate brown and pure white fur in largish spots. I want a non human name for her that is crisp and easy for her to respond to. Ideas are: Cloud, Halo, Taffy, Domino. Can anyone help? I also like the name Kona for the way it sounds but it's sort of unoriginal...

Lala on July 05, 2018:

I love those names you worked hard keep coming up with more I like jojo so that’s my name for many Pitt ball

doglover on May 19, 2018:

My Yorkie's name is Lenny. I think it fits him well, and I love the name for other dogs also. I don't know if it's on the list.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 02, 2018:

Tristan, I love that name for a dog!

Tristan on April 01, 2018:

I’ve got an Australian shepherd I named lyric because I come from a musical family. I guess that’s pretty original

Kyra on February 03, 2018:

Heh cute pitbulls

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 27, 2018:

Lilly, that's a great name for a bulldog!

Lilly on January 03, 2018:

can you do a bulldog breeds of names

I have one Buddha!

Christine on December 13, 2017:

I have to female Pomeranians Autumn she was born November and Summer who was born in July. Getting a male whobWas born in December another family any suggestions for names

Fran on December 01, 2017:

My mini Aussie passed on 2 weeks ago. We're devastated since she was only 9...cancer. We named her Bacci which means kiss in Italian. She was as smart as can be. Our home is empty without her. We're picking up another Aussie puppy this weekend! It won't be the same, but we'll love him like family. He looks like a panda bear! Maybe we'll call him Panda or Oreo.

Wyney. Winnie. Wynnie on October 21, 2017:

For a female puppy name

Sarah Beaux-Bearah on October 20, 2017:

Our sweet girl passed away just 7 days ago. She was a Borador (border collie + lab). Her name was River which fit her PERFECTLY. She loved to swim. We are getting a border collie puppy tomorrow. I hope we name him Brody. My husband wants to name him Milagro...ugh.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on September 12, 2017:

Cyndy, "conmigo" means "with me" in Spanish.

Melissa on September 12, 2017:

My large Yorkie's name is Wiggins aka Wiggy... Fits him perfect & very unique!!

cyndym0203 on September 12, 2017:

Have a 2 mo. Chihuahue. I have a Corgi I just named MeToo, goes everywhere with me. Anyone know of name (any language) that would mean she's coming with? Any help would be great. She's been prescribed for emotional support dog.

bruh on September 02, 2017:

We named our westie Bijou

angelamartinez215@rocketmail.com on May 15, 2017:

Mr or mister is a good boy name.. Just saying. We named our lil guy that and people loved it.

keryn on January 25, 2017:

wow my dog is having pups its a syberian husky

Ashlynnthegreat on December 07, 2016:

If it's a light brown and white you could name it Cream or Creamy Or creamycakes If it's a dalmatian Black and white dog you could name it Dot

Dotty Dotsies Or dottiecakes. If it's brown and white... You could name it Cookiecream Cookie And lasty cookiecake/cookiecreamcake

habee on November 21, 2016:

Candace, what about Patches? Or Hatchet? Or Catch-It?

Candace on November 20, 2016:

I have a 7week old treeing feist, im told its in the rat terrier family idk tho, male, white with black blanket back, black and light brown mask on face..hes a small breed tiny at tthe moment, but have big egos, and tons of attitude..considered a varmint dog...very loyal to their one main human and very protective...his daddy, Ratchet Patchet, was shot and killed two weeks ago and this was his liast litter, last surviving male pup..I want to name him something that can carry on his daddys name, or similar but cant find anything..help please!

habee on August 04, 2016:

I love Athena for a dog name!

Gayle on August 04, 2016:

Sorry about that. Thinking of Athena or Shade. I think she will be a wonderful noble dog. Thanks for ideas.

habee on July 21, 2016:

How about caramel? That's a good name for such a sweet dog. lol

Jd on July 18, 2016:

Here are some names I named mine over the years 1) cochise 2) Nakia 3) shakiah 4)Zoey , have adopted a new part chihuahua / terrier who is white with light brown spots and I cannot for the life of me think of a name for him, he's a lover not a fighter, scared of cats I keep watching his personality, but nothing comes up...he was quickly adopted before me by someone with heart when they saw him wandering in the roadway, found the owners and they said they didn't want him they lived in a rv, so now the adoptive parents couldn't keep him cuz their other dog was mean to him, so they temporarily named him Sammy, which I can't stand, so anybody have any names for this sweet dog who is just trying to find a stable home life ??

Lisa on June 24, 2016:

We had a golden named Tetley and one named Champagne and our last one was Sawyer.. We have a puppy coming next week.. I rooting for Auggie!

BvGLee on June 19, 2016:

Sherani (pronounced "Sherny"), means tigress in Hindi for a female brindle

Gabriel on June 11, 2016:

i have a brindle americanbulldog-german sheperd pup .. any name ideas?( shes female)

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 30, 2016:

Baa, I think Truffles would be a fitting name for Mousse's replacement!

Baa on March 30, 2016:

I had a ch0colate cocker I named Mousse as in the chocolate dessert. Sadly had to have him put to sleep last year. Thinking of a replacement. Truffles?

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 10, 2016:

Thanks a bunch, readers!

aquamarine1707 on March 10, 2016:

wow so many names I am getting a mini Labrador in a couple of weeks and I have found loads of cute names. great site

Cam on March 01, 2015:

Very good dog names went from no clue what to name our new puppy to can't choose lol

linda on November 23, 2014:

if I didn't see it that is okay, but you should put cooper under precious pooches.

Luisa on December 18, 2013:

I really love this site. I had a 17 year old poodle that recently passed away and his name was Ace. That's one of my fav names. I didn't see it on the list. Just wanted to mention this cute name :-)

taylor kenny on October 22, 2013:

I love the name buttons!!! That's what my little feist/shitzu is named!!! I did not see the name mac or chia or spankey or hershey. I always thought levi was a good name but that's what one of my horses names are. Great list though!!!!

. 他yぉr まりえ™

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on June 21, 2013:

Vishahka, Candy is a cute dogs name!

KA Hanna from America's Finest City on June 20, 2013:

Cool article, loved the names and pics!

RealityTalk from Planet Earth on June 20, 2013:

Believe or not, with all the dog names you listed, I have one name you did not list. I have owned two Boxers. My first Boxer was named "Rocky." You did list Rocky, so I was not so original naming my first Boxer. But my current Boxer is named "Sugar Ray." I did not see Sugar Ray on your list, so I guess I was a little more original naming my current Boxer. I named my Boxer Sugar Ray after two professional boxers who carried the same moniker: Sugar Ray Leonard and Sugar Ray Robinson.

I just thought I would pass along the name.

Great list you made!

Adnohr from Canada on June 20, 2013:

Out of the many names here (congats! the list is long!), I am a firm believer in naming the dogs according to character. I have 2 males, one a Pit and the other a Pit/Mastiff mix; Pit is named Grumpy and the other Smooch. I named my children after seeing their faces for the first time too - they just looked the part.

cathylynn99 from northeastern US on June 20, 2013:

my mom's dogs' names are "hey, you" and "what's up?".

wetnosedogs from Alabama on June 20, 2013:

came back to say congratulations on hub of the day!

Lucy Jones from Scandinavia on June 20, 2013:

Brilliant hub with tons of lovely names for our four legged friends. Wonderful images - thanks for sharing. Voted and shared.

Alex on June 20, 2013:

This hub is a very great one with a titanic amount of work. It looks more like a whole book about dogs and dog names. Though, I am puzzled on names for Russian brids since I found just few that Russians would use to name a dog. Anyway, it is a best hub I had seen so far. Thanks for you hard work and the fun it delivered to many people.

Barbara Badder from USA on June 20, 2013:

Our French Brittany isn't on the list either. His name is Beau. We got him as rescue dog and that was his name when we got him.

Our larger dog is LC, pronounced Elsie. She is our son's dog. The lady that had her named her LC for little cow, because she said she looked more like a calf when she was born. She is a cow herding dog, so that explains it a bit.

Mateja Ristic from New York on June 20, 2013:

Congrats on Hub of the Day!

But my female miniature pinscher named MIMA is not in your list,

ha-ha!

Jessica Peri from United States on June 20, 2013:

Congrats on Hub of the Day! Amusingly enough, my two rats are named Patches and Gadget. I agree that matching personalities with names is fun. Voted up!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 20, 2013:

Congratulations on the Hub of the Day! Well-deserved!

Kari on June 20, 2013:

In your big dog names list you have Goliath...that's funny because my Miniature Pinscher is named Goliath - his name always gets a chuckle out of people. But, it fits him because he thinks that he is a huge dog.

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on June 20, 2013:

Great hub! I am going to add it as a link in my Dog Names hub!

My dogs, both female yellow labs, are Lexi and Sadie.

Voted up and useful.

KenWu from Malaysia on June 20, 2013:

Great list... BTW, I have a maltepoo (maltese + poodle) and I name him (yeap, it's a boy) Lilo, a girl name :)..!

Les Trois Chenes from Videix, Limousin, South West France on June 20, 2013:

So many names! What a marathon! Our dog is called Molly. Our then five year old son called all our animals after children in his nursery - the kittens were Saffron and Anastasia, the dog Molly, the goats Alice and Eva - and so on! (I notice you include Molly in your list). I live in France now and you have to call pedigree dogs a name beginning with a letter of the alphabet according to the year they were born. (Only the French could try to control the name you call your pet). Molly was born in the year of the 'U', so officially she's called Udine. Molly Udine - what do you think?

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 20, 2013:

OMG.........you have covered virtually every possible name for so many breeds of dogs! This is an amazing article, no wonder it made HOTD. I love Shakespeare for a male dog and Bougainvillea for a female (regardless of breed). Love your images. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

schoolgirlforreal on June 20, 2013:

This is a very cool hub! Fun to look at the pictures of different dogs, and fun to see all these cool names!

John Smith from UK on June 20, 2013:

Great little hub, I have a German Shepard called Konig, good to see it in the list!

Neelam Ramani on June 20, 2013:

Oh My God.....I just love your hub

Cecil Wilde from Melbourne, Australia on June 20, 2013:

I'm gonna have to bookmark this for reference the next time I need to name a (fictional) dog! Upped + shared with my writerly friends! Congrats on HOTD!

Rambo Fen from Raipur on June 20, 2013:

Awesom list. I am sure it might have took a lot of effort to get that list.

Some of the indian dog names...

Shera

scotch

Sniffer

Moti

Kalu

Shabby

sabastian

Chicku

Vishakha Bajaj on June 13, 2013:

Nice list of dogs name.My last pet name was candy.I really like your hub.Thanks for sharing this hub.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on June 04, 2013:

I was reading your mind, Solaras. lol. Thanks for the vote!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on June 04, 2013:

Thanks a bunch, Cally!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on June 04, 2013:

nature, that's a great idea! Thanks!

Barbara Fitzgerald from Georgia on June 04, 2013:

Awesome list of dog names, and you have my secret favorite for an agility dog, Zephyr! Voted up and useful!

lexxa on April 28, 2013:

Lexxa Mean mans defender

Cally Worden from Madranges, France on February 23, 2013:

Wow, that's a lot of hub, and a great one at that! You're an inspiration habee, from a newbie who posted her first hub today, I'm a habee follower from this point on! Go girl!

Dawn Ross on January 17, 2013:

I know where to go the next time I need ideas for naming a pet! This would be a great list to pass on to an animal shelter.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 10, 2013:

Michael, great to see you! Don't you just love Great Danes? See...I knew there was something about you that I liked. lol

Michael Willis from Arkansas on January 10, 2013:

My favorite dog name is Jojo. We had an American Husky when my sister and I were very small. Very protective of us and loyal.

My last pet was a Blue Dane in the 90's to 2002. I used the name Jojo for him since it seemed the perfect fit. First time I called it out to him as a pup, he immediately ran to me, so it stuck.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 10, 2013:

Thanks, Doc. I'm just about to add some more dog names that the grandkids came up with. I don't think this hub will ever be completely done! lol

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 10, 2013:

Now thanks to you and all your hard work, Holle, no doggy need go unnamed.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 10, 2013:

Wet, glad you could tell that a lot of work was put into this hub. It took days to write! Kudos to you for adopting dogs!

wetnosedogs from Alabama on January 10, 2013:

Wow, you put a lot of work into this! And I love your dog pictures.

The Humane Society had names for my dogs, so I kept the names. But naming dogs is a fun thing.