Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.
The best part about a chocolate Lab? They seem to fit in wherever you want to take them. The dogs are naturally intelligent, strong, and handsome. Their rich brown coats make them a favorite with almost everyone they meet, and their personalities have made them one of the most popular dogs around the world.
The best part about chocolate? Kind of like the Chocolate Lab, almost everyone loves it. Most people list chocolate as one of their favorite addictions. It may be sweet, but there are a lot of other benefits to eating chocolate.
And what is the best part about chocolate? It is a “green” food. No, I am not talking about the overpriced organic chocolate harvested by Juan Valdez (or whoever) in the forests of Ecuador. I am talking about all chocolate.
Cocoa trees require shade. When planting coffee or clearing land for pasture, the land can't be clear cut. With cocoa, the large trees are left to provide shade and control excessive winds. If not for cocoa plantations, the last areas of the Atlantic rainforest would have been destroyed to make way for lucrative crops like coffee.
The Golden Lion Tamarin is only one of the animals who benefits from the chocolate plantations. All animals, as well as all humans, benefit every time you enjoy chocolate.
So name your chocolate dog with pride, and when anyone asks, let them know that your dog is also green! Here are some good choices:
Sweet Names for Chocolate Labradors
AJ (Almond Joy)
Puff (Cocao Puff)
Some regions have special candy bars, and I may have left off your favorite. If you want to use that name, be sure that it has two syllables. (For example, if you want to use “Godiva” you should always call your dog “Diva.” The best names for training your dog are those like “Chunky” and “Hershey” because they have a vowel sound at the end.)
Chocolate Comes From Brazil
You can also consider naming your dog after the original source of the chocolate tree: Brazil (Brasil).
The original chocolate trees were found in the Amazon and pre-Columbian traders carried them all over the Americas. The Spaniards first came into contact with chocolate in Mexico.
The chocolate industry in Brazil began several hundred years ago. Along the “Cocoa coast” in the northeast of Brazil, large plantations were established in the rich soil. Today Brazil is only the fourth-largest producer of cocoa beans for several reasons. The main reason, and one that every cocoa producer will point out, is the “witches broom” fungus.
If the fungus spreads to all of the cocoa-producing areas, the price of chocolate will skyrocket. Either that or an affordable solution will be found.
I'm hoping for a solution, but would still have chocolate occasionally, no matter what the price.
General Dog Naming Tips
- Do not give your dog a long name.
- Don't give him a stupid name that will be embarrassing down the road. No dog should be named “Piddles” because of an accident on the rug.
- Even if your dog is the most popular breed in the world, he does not deserve an overused dog name. Max, Charlie, and Harley are fine for someone else’s dog. Hershey probably deserves to be on there for Chocolate Labs! Find something special for your dog—he deserves it!
© 2013 Dr Mark
Mrs Sharron Butler on August 31, 2020:
I have sammy and wispa xx
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 08, 2018:
Thanks so much! I added them both.
RTalloni on March 08, 2018:
You drew me in on this fun article with the word chocolate. So I have two more names to add to your list: A.J. (for Almond Joy bars) and Chip, which would be my first choice, actually.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 25, 2014:
Hi Faith I hope you found something you like. Your little puppy is cute, and deserves a special name.
We had a Cocoa growing up! Too common, but I still like it.
Faith Reaper from southern USA on January 25, 2014:
Great hub! I love how you have incorporated the benefits of chocolate with the names for chocolate labs. There are some really good one in your list! You are right, they deserve a good name and not one that is overused. Growing up I had a three-legged lab named Brownie. He adopted us when we were very young and lived until we were in high school.
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Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on December 29, 2013:
Bronwyn, you sound doubly blessed. I hope you can post photos of your little chocolate Kelpie!
Better Yourself from North Carolina on September 28, 2013:
Such a cute hub! Love the video and the list of names are great! Some I would not have come up with. Nice job!
Eiddwen from Wales on August 28, 2013:
This is a wonderful hub and thank you for sharing this gem.
The names I am sure will benefit many readers.
Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on August 27, 2013:
This is a sweet hub. Chocolate and dogs are my two favorite things. It would be quite fitting to have a Chocolate Lab. I only have room for small dogs and favor the Jack Russell Terriers and Chihuahuas currently as my companions. I never meant a dog I wasn't drawn too, or them to me. Labs are a special breed. I've known many and they are quite people friendly. Good topic. Voted up.
Bob Bamberg on August 27, 2013:
Chocolate tea doesn't sound too appetizing, but mint chocolate tea has a nice ring to it.
I don't drink flavored coffees and teas. I like them just the way God intended them to be consumed...pulverized, granulized, hydrolized, thermalized, and served through a drive-up window for a ridiculous price.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 27, 2013:
Thanks, LKMore--we do not have "National Dog Day" where I live but when I told my dogs they both thought it was a good idea. They also asked for an extra biscuit so that they could celebrate with their North American cousins!
epbooks, it may be overused but it is still a great name. I gave my new dog a vowel sound too since dogs respond so much better. Dukey sounds like a cute alternative name.
Bob, I guess if that is sweet Ice Tea we can´t really complain much. Flavored with chocolate? Hmm, sounds like a new invention--I have had cocoa in my coffee but never in my tea. Sound marketable?
Bob Bamberg on August 27, 2013:
This hub doesn't get a hub score, it gets a calorie count! Nice sentiments for a great dog. We have one living next door and she's a sweeheart...as far as I can remember the most laid back dog I've known.
But her name, interestingly, flies in the face of this terrific hub. I've told you about her before and you recognized the blood line. Her name is Ice Tea and she's from the Long Island Ice Tea line. Her name, I guess, is actually several words long, but shortened to Ice Tea.
This is a great hub, full of interesting information, and a tribute to a wonderful breed. Voted up, useful and interesting.
Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on August 26, 2013:
Funny- when I saw the title, the first name I thought of was Hershey, as I knew a lab with that name and then I saw that it is an overused name. I also saw Toffee on there! That's my one dog's name too. I've heard that before- about naming dogs with a vowel sound at the end for training. How odd though! But, all of our dogs (except for Duke) have the sound at the end. And we sometimes call Duke, Dukey. THanks for posting!
LKMore01 on August 26, 2013:
Love it! So creative Dr. Mark. Chocolate Labs are intelligent, gentle and gorgeous. Wonka was one of my favorite suggestions. Happy National Dog Day!