My name is Tatiana, but my friends and family call me Tutta. I love writing articles that bring a little creativity to everyday life.
Why We Love Goldens
When you think of friendly dog breeds that make the perfect family dog, chances are the golden retriever crossed your mind. That’s because the golden retriever truly is a wonderful, friendly, and good-natured family dog.
Originally bred in England to “retrieve” hunted game, it’s no wonder why this breed often enjoys playing fetch! With their beautiful, soft, golden fur and gentle personality, this dog is ready to return all the love given to it, tenfold!
Golden Retriever Name Ideas
If you are reading this article, then it is likely that you now have one as a member of your family, or will soon; therefore, it is necessary to research golden retriever names.
The name should make sense with your dog’s personality, unlike those who have named their timid chihuahua “Jaws.”
Though it’s funny to give a dog an oxymoronic name, keep in mind that you will be saying this name for many years to come, and the humor factor eventually wears off (especially during those days of potty training when they don’t quite make it outside).
There's nothing quite like a great big, huggable golden retriever! My family's golden boy was named Buck, but any of these names will fit these friendly fellas!
Boy Golden Retriever Names
These lovely ladies deserve a name as sweet as their demeanor! Flower-inspired names are always a pretty way to go if you can't decide on a name for your golden girl!
Female Golden Retriever Names
Why not name your golden retriever after your favorite golden star in Hollywood? Check out these famous blonde celebrities:
Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen
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Got a favorite TV show or movie? Why not name your new pup after one of the blonde characters from it? Leslie Knope for the win!
Blonde Characters from TV & Film
Brienne of Tarth
They are golden retrievers after all! These names, inspired by this rare 'precious' metal, are as precious as your new pup!
'Gold' Golden Retriever Names
Want a really fun and unique golden retriever name idea? Name your dog after your favorite breakfast dish, snack item, or dessert for a super cute name! "Come here, Donuts!"
Food-Inspired Names for Dogs
Let Your Golden Retriever Help
Dogs can pick a name, too! If you are having trouble deciding on a name, get your dog involved; after all, it is his/her name so it is only fair!
Also, get the whole family involved because the names that will come up might surprise you.
Fun ways to involve everyone in the name picking process:
- Index cards: Have everyone pick a few names that they like and write them on index cards. Place each card on the floor with a piece of dog food on each one. Let your golden retriever into the room and watch as he sniffs out each card, and pay attention to which piece of food he eats first because this is the name he has “chosen.”
- Call out names: If you are the sole companion to the new golden retriever, try calling out a few different names spaced out by a few seconds and see if one catches your golden’s attention. If s/he happens to come to one of the names, s/he has “chosen” that name!
- Family circle: Perhaps there is a disagreement on names between a few members of the family. Such a disagreement is easily solved, here’s how: form a circle around the dog, but a large circle so he doesn’t get scared. Everyone should start calling him or her by the name they think s/he should have. S/he chooses the name of the person s/he goes to first!
- Pees on trees: I had to include this one because it’s pretty funny but only works for male dogs who have already learned to lift a leg. If you have a bunch of trees in your backyard, pin the potential golden retriever names to each tree and let him out to go potty. Watch him as he chooses his name; the first tree he marks is the name he picks!
Deciding on the Perfect Name for Your Pup
Whether you choose the name of your new golden retriever, or let the dog choose, make it a fun time because much like puppyhood, this day is going to be over with before you know it!
Once you have a name picked out, s/he will need to get used to the new name. Try giving the pup a treat each time s/he responds to the new name, and s/he will catch on pretty quickly!
Oh, and give lots and lots of love and cuddles. It can be a waggin’ good time for everyone involved!
© 2013 Tatiana
Shirley Coffey on July 30, 2020:
Angel is a girl golden retriever that I would love to own. How can i get her. I also would love to take her for walks. And i would like to take her in my car for rides to meet other dogs.
BlurryAiden on July 06, 2020:
I'm getting two german shepherds and a golden retriever (To add to my rottweiler and miniature schnauzer)
Rottweiler: Male, Taz
Miniature schnauzer: Male, Roo
German shepherd: Female, Salem
German shepherd: Male, Yumigo
Golden retriever: Male, Finn, or Finley
Cocoa Summer on May 25, 2020:
My Golden Retriever's name is Honey, she's a female. Why did I choose this name? Well, honey is a golden texture and color. "Golden" Retriever, I thought it was cute, aesthetic, simple, and it went great with the type of breed!
No name on May 18, 2020:
My dogs name is Gary but he’s a mix with a golden retriever and poodle
Unknown on September 01, 2019:
Do not be rude Attica
Stella on July 22, 2019:
I love golden retrievers, can you help me get one? I'm a child, Eight I am. If you like, You can visit MY very own website. It's called Golden retriever love. My mum says they're too big and shed and do giant POOS!!!!!
Ken on June 19, 2019:
Golden Retriever originally cane from Scotland
Stormy Washington on February 01, 2019:
My Golden Retriever is named Zahavah. It means golden in Hebrew.
Moonshine Mantos on December 22, 2018:
The name of my dog is Sparkle,but the name of my dog is not here.
Tracie Baker on September 21, 2018:
i think a cute name for a boy dog would be sunny and a girl would be lucky
Valerie on July 29, 2018:
My dogs name is honey i was kinda surprised that wasn't under the food based names
Daisy on June 17, 2018:
It’s a cute name for a girl dog
Dave and Rachel on May 14, 2018:
i am naming our dog waffles
aLYSSa on February 10, 2018:
I am moving in a litile wielu and i was wondering if these nams are a good pike for female goden retreo maggie' goldie' bella' and frieda
Bells on January 25, 2018:
My dawgs name is Bella
Leo on October 22, 2017:
the name of my baby is leo, because he was born in August :)