80 Names for Black Dogs and Puppies

Updated on December 29, 2017
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Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and the author of a column, "Conversations with Champions," for the BCSA magazine,Borderlines.

From Puritans, to Beatniks, to Goths, black has always been, and will forever remain, the penultimate fashion statement. Give your new black puppy a unique name that celebrates his or her darkness!

Black pug puppy in search of the perfect name.
Black pug puppy in search of the perfect name. | Source

Synonyms for Black from the Artist's Palette

Pebble (Pebbles)

Sweet Tooth Candy Names for Black Dogs

Forest - Black Forest Cherry-torte is made with layers of the darkest chocolate cake.

Frazer - Frazer Tyrish Peber, Finnish for Frazer Turkish Pepper licorice. This is a salty, spicy licorice; it makes an ideal name for a mischievous black male dog.

Junior - Junior mints are made with the darkest chocolate covering a refreshing mint creme filling.

Katja - Dutch makers of black licorice. Katja means "little cat" in Dutch. A cute name for a stealthy female dog.

Lonka - Dutch makers of black licorice mixed with other sweet flavors like caramel and strawberry chews.

Tootsie - A tasty dark chocolate treat and Dustin Hoffman's drag queen persona.

York - The big brother to Junior Mints, the York Peppermint Patty is a full size dark chocolate covered mint creme that will blow back your hair!

Black Dog Names from The Chef's Palette

Angus - The Black Angus Beef makes a good name for a powerful male dog.

Beluga - The finest of caviars and most expensive food in the world, Beluga makes a sophisticated name for both male and female dogs.

Darjeeling - A strong black tea, Darjeeling makes a cute name for a powerful female dog.

Espresso - The darkest of coffees.

Guinness - Guinness Stout, the darkest of Irish beers.

Nori - Black seaweed wraps for sushi rolls.

Truffles - The second most expensive food in the world, black truffles enhance any recipe with their sheer decadence.

Names for Black Puppy Dogs that Evoke the Night

It's always darkest before the dawn, and these synonyms for night make ideal names for the darkest of puppy dogs.

Nacht (German)
Noch (Russian)
Soir (French)
Kishi (Native American)
Noche (Spanish)
Naktam (Sanskrit)
Kitkun (Night Bird - Native American)
"Nosti" makes a charming name for the black Pomeranian  puppy.
"Nosti" makes a charming name for the black Pomeranian puppy. | Source

Fire Inspired Names for Dark Puppies

The night and fire are inextricably intertwined in the human mind. Flames warm and brighten the night, while in their wake, the leave the blackest char and soot. These synonyms for fire and flame make darling names for black puppies who will bring warmth and cheer to your darkest nights.


Black Dog Names Inspired By Real Pirates of the Carribean

Pirates, with their dark deeds accomplished under the Jolly Roger, make an excellent inspiration for male puppy names. The "black" pirates are among the most notorious of the 5000 pirates that sailed the seas in the 1700s.

Teach - Edward Teach, known to us as Blackbeard, ruled the seas with four ships and an army of over 300 sailors. One of the most feared pirates of his day, he often led his attacks with a broadsword in each hand. Having captured over 40 ships during his career, he was promptly beheaded by the Royal Navy, upon his capture in 1718.

Caesar - Black Caesar was a prominent West African chieftain who was captured along with many of his tribesmen by pirates, and enslaved on their ship. During a storm, Black Caesar and one of the pirate crewmen escaped the ship in a longboat to the Florida Keys. The pirate ship sailed on to its doom.

Black Caesar and his companion used the longboat to good advantage, by feigning distress before ships passing by. Once the ships came to their rescue, Black Caesar and his fellow pirate demanded booty or threatened to sink the ship. They amassed a fortune in pirate's booty including a small harem for Caesar; over 100 women were enslaved on a small island in the Florida Keys.

Eventually, Caesar joined Blackbeard in raiding ships throughout the Caribbean. He was ultimately captured with Blackbeard's crew, and hanged in Virginia for his crimes.

Bartholomew - Bartholomew Roberts aka Black Bart, the Dread Pirate Roberts, was a Welsh sailor forced into piracy. Once on board, he took to it well, where he was as admired by his men (who believed him "pistol proof") as he was feared by the Royal Navy. Black Bart plundered over 400 ships during his career, making him one of history's most successful pirates, until the invention of Wall Street. However, in 1722 he met his demise in a skirmish with the Royal Navy, a stunning turn of events from the perspective of both his crew and the Royal Navy.

Kona - Kona is a Hawaiian district that stretches almost two thirds of the West coast of the big island. Kona is noted for its beaches with black sands, thank to volcanic activity. While Kona makes a great male dog name, the city of Kailua within the district (Kailua-Kona) makes a pretty female dog name.

Choose a name for your black dog that you will be proud to call for a lifetime!
Choose a name for your black dog that you will be proud to call for a lifetime! | Source

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        Victoria 3 months ago

        I love the name smokey perfect for a little black dog ! He will love it when he learns it thanks so much!!!

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        Heather 7 months ago

        great! how about the name Bear?

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        Bill De Giulio 24 months ago from Massachusetts

        Great list. I've always loved the name Kona for a black dog. Reminds me of Kona, Hawaii and the black sand beaches.

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        Solaras 2 years ago

        Thanks Kalinin - I'll go fix that right now!

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        Lana Adler 2 years ago from California

        Great hub! Too bad I don't have a black puppy :) one thing though - the Russian word for "night" is "noch" (I'm Russian ))))))

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        Solaras 2 years ago

        Hi Dr. Mark: He is a cutie, isn't he!

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        Dr Mark 2 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

        I pinned that great Pug image! Nice hub.