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Cute French Dog Names for a Papillon or French Bulldog

Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Do you have a French dog? Why not give them a name "en français"?

Do you have a French dog? Why not give them a name "en français"?

French Names for Dogs

There are several good dog breeds from France. No matter which one you have, take lots of pictures! Before you know it your little puppy will be an adult.

The Papillon is intelligent, but they shed and they also like to bark. (Well, I do not know how much they like it, but they are pretty good at it.) They are too small to serve as a personal protection dog, so they might win an agility contest but are not going to excel in a Schutzhund competition.

If you have a French Bulldog, you do have a dog that does not bark much, but he will shed. Some of them have health problems because of their flat faces, so be careful to not stress your dog out, avoid taking him out when it is hot and humid, and be sure you have him checked out periodically by your vet.

Here are some cute French names for your new puppy:

  • Adieu (“bye-bye”)
  • Baguette
  • Balon (“balloon”)
  • Balzac
  • Bastille (this is a tough dog name, too!)
  • Bonbon (“candy”)
  • Bonhomme (“good boy”-actually it means “good man”, but you get the idea!)
  • Boulette (short for boulette de viande, or “meatball”)
  • Cadeau (“gift”)
  • Café (“coffee”; of course the all-time best name for a white dog is Café Noir, or “Black Coffee”. I feel that way since that was the name of my Maltese).
  • Canelle (“cinnamon”)
  • Citron (“citrus”)
  • Coquette (A girl who likes to flirt)
  • Éclair (everyone who has visited a French pastry shop knows what an éclair is!)
  • Fille (“girl”)
  • Flocon (for flocon de neige, or “snowflake”)
  • Frizette (a curly wig, think I Love Lucy)
  • Jolie (“happy”)
  • Gamine (a playful child, great name for a mischievous puppy)
  • Garçon (“boy”)
  • Lamour (Love, or “Sweetie”)
  • Martel (The Hammer) This may be a little too tough for a cute name, but it sounds really great.
  • Mignon (“Cute”! It would be hard to find a better cute name, pronounce it me-nyon.)
  • Mimi (a slang word for cute)
  • Mousette (this word can mean several things, but the cute interpretation is “little mouse”)
  • Noisette (“hazelnut”, this would similar to a person from the southern US naming their dog “Peanut”)
  • Paris
  • Pastille (this means a little lozenge, or “a pill” like the cute expression in English)
  • Pompette (A bit tipsy, or a drunkard, if you prefer.)
  • Pouponne (If your dog is mustard-colored, you might want to use this name. It means “fussy”.)
  • Princesse (“princess”)
  • Renard (“foxy”)
  • Rhubarbe (The vegetable, and a really cute name)
  • Rodin (The famous French artist)
  • Royale (“royal”- Pulp Fiction fans probably remember the pronunciation of this one.)
  • Souris (“mousy”, pronounce soo-ree)
  • Tigre (“tiger”, pronounced ti-grah)
  • Voltaire
Yes, cute little Papillon puppies deserve a cute name!

Yes, cute little Papillon puppies deserve a cute name!

More French Dog Names

For a Papillon, there are a few French butterfly names. Of course French Bulldogs are more the wine and cheese type:

  • Beaufort (a cheese from Savoy)
  • Bleu (a French cheese, and a great name for a grey dog)
  • Brie (one of those cheeses everyone knows)
  • Nacré (a butterfly)
  • Roquefort (the famous sheep cheese)
  • Tortue (the tortoise, another butterfly)
  • Vulcan (a butterfly named after the god)

French Wine Names



A province that also produces great wines


Pronounce this "boar-doe"


A cute name!


The English pronunciation is actually best for a cute dog name


Sounds expensive, so this word will be great for a fancy French dog


Exotic, expensive, and great for a snooty dog.


Unusual, and if you name your dog Malbec she might be the only one around


Another really cute name. It is easy to pronounce, easy on a dog´s ear, and sound expensive. Be sure to let it breathe.

French Baby Names for Boys (and Dogs)

  • Andre
  • Armand
  • Chandler
  • Clovis
  • Delray
  • Deon
  • Henri
  • Jacques
  • Gascon
  • Marquis
  • Roland
  • Vidal
  • Vincent

French Baby Names for Female Dogs

Some feminine names are just the masculine name with the diminutive suffix “–ette” attached, and others are totally different. Here is a great list of French baby names for girls that also work great for female dogs:

  • Aimée
  • Adele
  • Babette
  • Brigitte
  • Celiné
  • Cozette
  • Georgette
  • Janette
  • Margaux
  • Paulette
  • Rosette
  • Yvette

Once You Name Your Puppy

The first thing you should do for your new puppy is to get a name tag. You can order one from Amazon or go to your local pet superstore. Don´t wait. If your puppy is lost and is not wearing a name tag, you may never see them again!

Closing Thoughts

If you find another name that you prefer to use for your new dog, there are a few rules to remember when naming your puppy:

  • Only use a name with one or two syllables. If you pick a long name, your dog is not going to recognize or respond to it.
  • Avoid any name that sounds like another dog in your house. This is true for people, too!
  • Never give your dog a name that sounds like one of his training commands. He will be confused all the time.
  • Find something special on this list or keep looking and find an authentic and unique name for your new puppy. Do not use one of the overused dog names—remember that your dog is an individual!

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© 2013 Mark dos Anjos DVM


moonlake from America on August 05, 2013:

Our son's French Bulldog died a few months ago. His name was Wilbur he was such a funny dog. Voted up and tweeted.

i scribble on August 04, 2013:

I like the name Jolie and have used it before as a character name. I like the idea of a hub on interesting character names.

Did you check out my bucket list hub? The cute dog names are under 1. The link above works. Leave a comment please. Thanks!

i scribble on August 04, 2013:

I like the name Jolie for a girl. From my French classes, I remember it as meaning 'pretty'. I used it for a character name in a play. I also like the idea of a hub of suggested character names. I tend to pick short names simply because I don't type fast!

I'm resending the link to my Bucket List hub. You will find the dog name I chose under #1. Please let me know what you think by commenting.

i scribble on August 02, 2013:

Thanks for your interest. I'm following you and plan to check out more of your hubs. I love dogs and I'm a fan of parrots since I discovered the conversant ones like Alex and N'kisi, which I have written about on hp.

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 01, 2013:

Thanks for stopping by, i scribble.I went by to look at the hub and could not find it. Come back and post a link if it is not featured yet.

I did see the hub about "Paulie" and am going to download it for my parrot to watch. He loves to hear other birds.

i scribble on August 01, 2013:

I am delighted that I happened upon this treasure of adorable names. I needed a cute name for a girl dog for the hub I just published yesterday. Now I will go back and change it to one of these. But which one to choose? So many good ones!

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 01, 2013:

Yes, just like my latest--she was already an adult, so I had to find a name that she would respond to. (It helps that she does not look like a "Mingon". My choices were really limited.)

That is really a creative idea for a new hub.I am reading an Elvis Cole novel this evening and am always impressed at the new names that Crais comes up with.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on August 01, 2013:

I love reading these. They are so cute and so creative and I love the pictures too! I wish you had a hub for character names in a book! Whenever I write fiction books, one of the most difficult parts is coming up with a name! If I ever do adopt a puppy, I will be revisiting these hubs. Problem is, we always adopt adult dogs who already have a name. Voted up!!