Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and author of the column "Conversations with Champions" for the BCSA magazine, Borderlines.
The Mystique of Dogs With Blue Eyes
Dogs with blue eyes fascinate us with their cool, icy stares that seem to look into and beyond our souls. Since ancient times, blue has been a mystical color, often worn on amulets to protect the wearer from evil. The "evil eye" itself is a blue amulet, representing the eye of the gods and is worn throughout the Mediterranean to protect the wearer from misfortune.
Whether your pup is an Arctic working dog, a water retrieving dog or a pastoral herding dog, these names for dogs with blue eyes celebrate your best friend's unparalleled position as the family protector and talisman.
Scroll down to see the list of dog breeds with blue eyes. Feel free to add your favorite names for dogs with blue eyes in the comments section below!
Names for Male and Female Dogs With Blue Eyes
These unisex names celebrate the wide range of shades blue.
- Azure: The color of a clear blue sky.
- Bleu: Means blue in French.
- Capri: a deep sky blue.
- China: A term for blue eyes and spotted eyes in dogs used by collie breeders.
- Cobalt: Derived from the German word Kobald, meaning goblin, cobalt, a chemical element, has been used since the bronze age for adding a rich blue tint to glass and ceramics across the ancient world.
- Cyan: A greenish blue, cyan is synonymous with aqua. Originally, cyan was derived as a dye from the cornflower plant.
- Icy: Blue ice occurs on glaciers when snow falls on them and compresses, creating air bubbles that cause the ice to appear blue.
- Indigo: A dark blue between purple and midnight blue, the color has inspired artists from Duke Ellington to the female duo, The Indigo Girls.
- Ocean: Do you get lost in your dog's beautiful blue eyes? Then Ocean might be the right name for them!
- Powder: Powder, as a name, packs a punch. No less than five movies have been released in the last two decades whose titles focus on the essence of powder. Powder brings to mind blue, snow, cocaine, gunpowder, sugar, and the list goes on. Name your dog Powder, and you can call him Pow!
- Oxford: "Blues" are awarded at Oxford and Cambridge, as well as many other universities throughout the British Commonwealth, for the highest levels of athletic achievement. Those who compete at national levels are awarded full blue, while those competing regionally are awarded half blue status. Name your blue-eyed dog Oxford if you want a terrific athlete with a competitive spirit.
- Skye: Sky blue is a lighter shade of blue than azure. It is described as the sun at noon. Skye is a popular name for herding breeds that cover the flocks in pastures as perfectly as the sky above.
- Zaffre: A deep blue pigment created by roasting cobalt ore.
Female Names From Shades of Blue
- Alice: Alice blue was a pale shade of blue favored by Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Teddy Roosevelt. Her affinity for this shade of blue caused a national fashion sensation, with its own theme song, "Alice Blue Gown," featured in the musical Irene.
- Azura: Spanish for sky blue.
- Baby: Nobody puts Baby in a corner! Name your blue-eyed girl Baby, and she can have her own theme song, Bad Finger's Baby Blue.
- Capri: Capri is a deep sky blue and the color of the Mediterranean sea. More specifically, it is the color of the water of the Blue Grotto, located on the Isle of Capri, in the midday sun.
- Celeste: Italian sky blue, Celeste is derived from the word celestial. Name your girl Celeste if you want an angelic companion.
- Doli: A Native American name meaning “bluebird.”
- Lapis: Lapis is a blue stone used to make ancient ultramarine dyes and pigments. This stone was used to make the eyebrows on the gold death mask of Tutankhamen.
- Maya: An ancient shade of blue used in Central America.
- Robin: Robins egg blue is a pale blue tinted with green.
- Sapphire: This blue gemstone is the symbol of power and strength, as well as kindness and good judgement. As a blue stone, it represents the forces of the highest celestial powers, hope, and faith.
- Teal: A blue-green shade, teal represents the union of heaven and Earth.
- Tiffany: Only the most exquisite jewels and charms are contained in a Tiffany's little blue box. Name your girl Tiffany if you want a companion that is as beautiful on the inside as she is auspiciously delightful on the outside.
Male Names for Blue-Eyed Dogs
- Admiral: A shade of blue
- Aoki: An evergreen blue tree
- Bleu: Means the color blue
- Cobalt: An element that is most known for producing the unique cobalt blue color
- Cerulean: The melding point between azure blue and sky blue
- Han: A blue pigment developed in China and used in imperial paintings from 1045 BC until 220 AD. Name your dog Han if you are also a Star Wars fan.
- Hinto: Native American in origin, it means having deep blue eyes.
- Montana: El Dorado Bar and Yogo Gulch, both in Montana, are the most widely known localities for producing sapphires in North America. Currently, the largest US-producing mine comes from Gem Mountain in Montana.
- Navy: The darkest shade of pure blue
- Neptune: Neptune is the Roman god of the sea; also, the planet Neptune is known to be blue in color
- Royal: A rich medium blue, name your boy Royal-T if you are seeking a battle-rapping companion.
- Slate: A dark bluish grey and an account, as in wipe the slate clean. Name your dog Slate if you are ready for new beginnings.
- Yale: Deeply ingrained in the university's identity, Yale blue originated on the pennants flown at rowing competitions in the 1800s.
Blue Jeans Inspired Names for Male Dogs
- Calvin: Calvin Klein took blue jeans to a new height in fashion with his Brooke Shields ad campaign of the 1970s. Name your dog Calvin, and nothing will come between you two.
- Denim: The toughest of blue fabrics, and the only fabric suitable for cowboys of the Wild West..
- Diesel: A brand of blue jeans and casual wear, and the adopted stage name of tough guy Vin Diesel (born Mark Sinclair).
- Dungaree: Pants made from denim material. Dungarees are made from a heavy material originally made in Dhungri India.
- Dussault: These jeans sell for $250,000.
- Levi: Levi Strauss founded the first company to manufacture blue jeans, and his first name is now synonymous with denim.
- Lucky: Lucky Brand blue jeans are the hipsters' favorite brand.
- Wrangler: Continuing in the denim tradition, wranglers are the tough jeans that won the west.
Female Puppy Names Inspired by Blue Flowers
- Agave: Blue agave plants produce tequila.
- Atasi: A type of traditional blue flower.
- Bluebell: The bluebell is a beautiful and whimsical flower that is associated with humility and everlasting love.
- Blueberry: Perennial flowering plant that produces blue berries.
- Daisy: The daisy represents faith, joy, hope, and new beginnings as well as loyalty and trust.
- Hyacinth: The hyacinth symbolizes sport and play, while the blue hyacinth additionally expresses sincerity.
- Iris: The iris represents faith, hope, endurance, wisdom, and courage.
- Rose: The Blue Rose of Sharon is a purplish shade of blue hydrangea. The center of the trumpet is purple with a pale yellow stamen.
- Veronica: This beautiful blue flower symbolizes love, purity, and youth.
Native American Names for Dogs With Blue Eyes
In Native American lore, the color blue is associated with sky and water.
Bilé: Crow, means "water."
Éotá'távo: Cheyenne, means "it's blue."
Hento: Dakota, means "blue."
Kits'a: Wichita: means "water."
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Kuuyi: Hopi, means "water."
Mahpe: Cheyenne: means "water."
Neemwa: Miami, means "to see."
Nepe: Shawnee, means "water."
Ni: Osage, means "water."
Nipi: Miami, means "water."
Oluya: Oneida, means "blue."
Oka: Choctaw, means "water."
Sakwa: Hopi, means "blue."
Shua: Crow, means "blue."
Skipaki: Shawnee, means "blue."
Tahlulala: Choctaw, means "leaping water."
Yoki: Hopi, means "rain."
Arctic Locale Name Inspirations for Puppies with Blue Eyes
Water Inspired Names for Blue Eyed Dogs
The cool, blue water is at once restive and refreshing. Consider choosing a name for your new blue eyed companion, that celebrates a favorite beach, bay or other body of water.
Here we offer some suggestions to get you started. Most of these names are unisex. Consider your family origins, favorite vacation spots or far away lands you hope to visit, when selecting his or her moniker.
Names From Famous Waterfalls
- Yosemite Sam
Dog Names From Ports, Bays and Harbors
These naming ideas invoke a sense of homecoming and protection from storms and tribulations. Many of these ports of call were the launching points of American family legacies. Honor your family history with a cool blue eyed dog name from this list of lyrical ports and harbors.
Bayonne: New Jersey
Camden: New Jersey
Cayenne: French Guiana
Charleston: South Carolina
Cisco: San Francisco, California
Den Helder: The Netherlands
Derry: Northern Ireland
Digby: Nova Scotia, Canada
Durban: South Africa
Fox: Falkland Islands
Halifax: Nova Scotia, Canada
Hudson: New York
Martha: Vineyard Massachusetts
Nola: New Orleans, LA
Ponce: Puerto Rico
Salem: New Jersey
Trenton: New Jersey
Ubu: Brazil, "sit Ubu sit."
Other Names for Blue-Eyed Dogs
- Afina: Means blueberry in Romanian.
- Ariel: The Disney mermaid had blue eyes.
- Bayou: "Blue Bayou," by Roy Orbison.
- Brooke: Represents a small, blue stream.
- Doli: Means bluebird.
- Dory: The adorable forgetful fish in Finding Nemo.
- Joy: The blue character on Inside Out.
- Livie: Means the color blue.
- Sunila: Indian for blue.
- Velvet: "Blue Velvet" Bobby Vinton song.
- Hinto: Canadian word for blue.
- Hitomi: Japanese for blue eyes.
- Mavi: Turkish for blue.
- Frank: This name could be a great homage to Frank Sinatra who was known for having blue eyes.
- Monster: Inspired by the Cookie Monster on Sesame Street.
- Moon: Blue Moon
- Yonder: Wild blue yonder.
List of Dog Breeds With Blue Eyes
If you happen to love blue eyes on dogs, you are in luck. There are many breeds in which blue eyes occur, although they are often not preferred or may even be considered a fault for certain breeds. Blue eyes in a breed where it is considered a disqualifying fault can give you an opportunity to own an otherwise show quality puppy at a pet price. Blue eyes and perfection? That's a win-win! However, beware of unscrupulous breeders who breed only to produce certain color traits in their puppies to the exclusion of good health and structure, especially if that trait is considered a disqualifying fault for that breed.
- Alaskan Malamute: Dark eyes are preferred, however, blue eyes do occur. Blue eyes are considered a disqualifying fault.
- American Miniature Shepherd: One or both eyes may be brown, blue, hazel, amber or any color combination thereof, including flecks and marbling.
- Australian Cattle Dog: The AKC breed standard calls for dark brown eyes, however, blue eyes can occur with certain merle patterns.
- Australian Shepherd: Blue eyes are permissible under the AKC breed standard and can occur on any coat color or pattern as full blue or split blue eyes.
- Border Collie: Blue can occur in any coat color or pattern. Blue eyes are acceptable, although not preferred in the AKC standard.
- Cardigan Welsh Corgi: Blue eyes and wall eyes are permissible only in the merle pattern.
- Chinese Crested: Blue eyes do occur in the Chinese Crested, and while dark eyes are preferred, there are no disqualifying faults in the Chinese Crested standard.
- Collie (Rough and Smooth Collies): Dark brown is the preferred color, although merles may have "China" eyes. China eyes are whitish, blue, or spotted with white and blue.
- Dachshund: Acceptable when it occurs on "dapple" pattern dogs, referred to as merle in most other breeds.
- Dalmatian: Brown is the standard for the Dalmatian, however blue eyes do occur. Blue eyes are considered a disqualifying fault, and Dalmatians with blue eyes will only be registered with limited registration.
- Great Dane: Blue eyes are seen most frequently in the harlequin coat pattern but may occur genetically in other coat patterns. Dark eyes are preferable.
- Old English Sheepdog: Dark brown and blue or china eyes are acceptable. An amber eye is most undesirable.
- Pembroke Corgi: Light eyes and bluish eyes are undesirable but not a disqualifying fault.
- Shetland Sheepdog: It is acceptable under the AKC breed standard for merles to have blue eyes. While blue can occur on other coat patterns, only blue eyes on merle pattern coats are show quality. Blue eyes on other coat patterns are a disqualifying fault.
- Siberian Husky: Brown, blue and, partial-colored eyes are acceptable.
- Weimaraner: Gray and blue-gray eyes are acceptable.
- Whippet: Dark eyes are desirable; light yellow or blue eyes are a disqualifying fault.
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Harley Bourdon on July 11, 2020:
I have a blue Chihuahua Named Tido
Claire on June 08, 2020:
I like the name ty
Grace Vizvary on October 11, 2019:
I am getting a little red and white blue eye husky next week. My husband likes Sasha but I,m just not feeling it after seeing her. She is a soft red with lots of white and the eyes are so beautiful. But need a name.
Manny on October 02, 2019:
Rocoe is a good name as well
Capri on August 05, 2019:
What about bluebelle for its coulor
Akitti on July 03, 2019:
I have a red tri female Australian Shepherd named Panda aka Pan. She is Registered with the Australian Shepherd Club of America wish is the original breed registry for Australian Shepherds.
Leslie Ramp on May 20, 2019:
ShannaAnna on September 07, 2018:
I have a breathtakingly gorgeous, gentle, sweet baby girl named Luna Belle. She is a mouthful... A tri color, piebald, saddled, brindle, patchwork Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog/ Rat Terrier mix with heterochromia (one brown eye and one ice blue, or glass eye ) I named her Luna Belle. Luna bc I brought her home on a day that there was an eclipse and her eyes made me think of the beauty of outer space. Belle was in memory of my Basenji / Sharpei mix that I had just lost after 14 years, Bella (short for Jezabelle) My Luna Belle is the most wonderful girl and I am so lucky to have found her in this life
PaigeHunady@gmail.com on September 02, 2018:
We have a buetiful blue eyed small red huskie. She is amazing. Were stuck on a name. Her orginal name was brook, which fits her but I know theres a better name somewhere out there. Havent seen it yet, all of these names are just ok.
franksdad on July 24, 2018:
I have a staffordshire terrier with blue/grey eyes his name is Frank Sinatra
Spotty on April 11, 2018:
We have a beautiful 3/4 catahoula 1/4 neo mastiff he has blue to ice coloured eyes and his name is Typhoon he is 8 months old and weights in at 25 kgs
Brooke on January 03, 2018:
Brooke is a girl name, and it also means river, stream, or creek.
Julie on July 14, 2017:
What about frank sinatra!?
Natalie Lawrence on July 01, 2017:
We have a white Polar Husky with beautiful blue eyes. She is 9 1/2 months old. We wanted her name to reflect her heritage and where they are most common, even though there is nothing common about her.
We named her Aurora after the beautiful lights over parts of Alaska, fits her perfectly
Marisol on May 28, 2017:
What about a labrador
Tommy on May 25, 2017:
I had a beautiful husky chow mix she just passed I know the feeling of true sadness I'm told the tears turn to smiles someday and in time they will but we can't control things as life but we can give them the best life possible while they are here and they can't be replaced but each one has their own ways of getting our love
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on April 06, 2017:
You should Nell, they add so much to life. A home is empty without them warming it for you while you are out for the day. You can adopt an older dog, or go for a puppy. You are still young!!
Nell Rose from England on April 06, 2017:
What a great list! and the names are wonderful! I miss my dog, we had a collie cross Alsatian, but she died and I haven't got another one, but maybe one day!
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on November 28, 2016:
It's really hard to lose them, but they do bring so much love and humor into our lives. You should consider getting another dog, maybe a blue eyed rescue dog!
Jean Bakula on November 27, 2016:
I used to have a blue eyed Siberian Husky, he was born on my birthday. He lived to be 14, and I never had the heart to get another pet. He was wonderful around little children and protective, but shed like mad!
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on April 20, 2016:
Hi kalinin1158 - Go for Alice - she was a powerful intellectual and behind the scenes political apparatchik.
Lana Adler from California on April 20, 2016:
Cool list! Incidentally, I'm looking for a name for a blue-eyed baby, and I've been thinking of Alice but had no idea that it was actually also a shade of blue. Interesting...