Unique Dog Names for a Pug

Updated on July 25, 2019
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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Struggling to find a great name for your new Pug puppy? Look no further!
Struggling to find a great name for your new Pug puppy? Look no further!

This little dog is one of the most popular breeds in the UK and the US; it is a common choice for families living in cities and apartments. But while these dogs may be common, their personalities are anything but! Finding a special name for a new Pug is not as easy as just looking up something on the internet.

I know. I have looked around, and most of the sites will make recommendations like Peanut and Baby. Those names work great if you want your Pug to match every other little dog at the park.

Do you want something really special? Going to China for a unique name might be a good idea. I put together a few names that work great for a Pug and reflect the breed's Chinese heritage:

  • Ang: “spirited”, which is great for a Pug that likes to bounce around the house.
  • Cai: “full of color”, if your puppy has a colorful personality, this name will fit.
  • Chih fang: “fat”, but you never know if this one is going to be true later on. Pugs are prone to obesity so to keep your puppy healthy do your best to avoid this!
  • Kan tung: “affectionate”, if your Pug is the type of dog that always wants to sit on your lap.
  • Ming: Chinese dynasty; this is not that unique since everyone who knows about China is familiar with this word.
  • Ping: “cookie”, for little Pug puppies that are already little chowhounds—and it also great if your puppy comes running every time she hears the microwave ping.
  • Tu fei: “bandit”, for that little puppy that steals your socks as soon as he gets to your house.
  • Wu mu: “ebony”, a great name for a shiny black Pug.

Chinese Baby Names For Pugs

Pug puppies are photogenic.
Pug puppies are photogenic. | Source

Of course some Pug names aren't authentic but are really not all that bad. See if you like anything from this list for boys, but remember that they are not unique!

  • Bonsai
  • Bugsy
  • Button
  • Cody
  • Dexter
  • Milo
  • Peanut
  • Snuffy
  • Teddy
  • Tucker
  • Wrinkles

And for a Pug girl:

  • Brandy
  • Bunny
  • Ellie
  • Lady
  • Muffin
  • Piper
  • Sassy
  • Trixie
  • Tootsie
  • Vixen

Do all these Pug puppies need unique names?
Do all these Pug puppies need unique names? | Source

If you are in the UK or US and want something different, try to give your Pug a Brazilian name:

  • Chulé (pronounced Shoo-ley): You can use it for a boy or a girl Pug; the closest meaning in English is “Stinky”.
  • Feijão (pronounced fay-jown): It works for a boy and a girl, and means “beans.” If you are less adventurous, go for “Beans”, another cute alternative for a Pug.
  • Fofa: This means a chubby and cuddly person or animal—perfect for a little Pug female!
  • Gorda (or Gordo): This means “fatty,” but is not an offensive word. In Brazilian culture, calling someone fatty is sort of like saying “you look healthy”. (Gorda is for a female, and Gordo is for a male.)
  • Urso: This means “bear”, which is a good name for a stocky little male Pug.
  • Xuxa (pronounced Shusha): A television hostess that is popular with kids, this name would be great for a Pug that will love and entertain a group of children.

Take good care of your Pug and make sure she has adequate vet care. Be sure to take a lot of pictures of your new Pug puppy and enjoy “puppyhood” while it lasts. Before you know it, your little Pug will be driving a car and getting into bars without being carded.

Tips for Picking a Good Pug Name

  • All dogs respond to training better with a two-syllable name. You can give your Pug some silly and overused name like Butterball, but do not expect her to respond to that name when you call her. For best results use the names off of this list.
  • Funny names are fine, but even if you think your Pug is silly, do not force her to go through life with one of the names I would not use.
  • You should not give her a name that sounds like the name of a dog you already have.
  • Stay away from names that sound like training commands.
  • Be unique and avoid the overused dog names. All Pugs are special, and remember that your dog is an individual. Treat her that way by giving her a special name.

© 2013 Dr Mark


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      9 days ago

      I would like a female name for my pug staring with the letter B

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      isaiah meligan 

      8 months ago

      i am getting 3 pugs what do you think about

      coco is girl

      jack sin is boy

      me me, is girl

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      11 months ago

      I'm getting a female pug. Any name ideas?

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      Dr Mark 

      15 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil


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      15 months ago

      Hey I can’t find a cute name for my pug I’m going to get I really want it to be really really cute so I want a curt name so can you give me a name please thx bye.

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      16 months ago

      if i get a pug

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      19 months ago

      I want to name my future pug puggles

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      2 years ago

      Even though the name Elia isn't on there, when i saw Ellie and thought of my name i thought of the name Elia so i might name the pug i might get Elia. Wish me luck on getting the pug!

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      3 years ago

      My pug is named pugsly i think it's cute if there's a girl one named Wednesday like from the Adams family

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      Dr Mark 

      7 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Shouldn´t all little dogs be spoiled? I guess you can always send them to their rooms if it is too much. (Or is that only with humans? I get so confused!)

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      Diana L Pierce 

      7 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Good hub. My son and daughter-in-law have a fawn pug named Rocky Balboa. Rocky is as spoiled as a child would be. They don't have children yet so guess he is their kid.

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      Dr Mark 

      7 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Hi Chace Iknow what you mean! My dogs already bring back a ton of sand every night when we go walking on the beach, but what I really want is a little Pug puppy adding to the mess. PING!

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      7 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      ARGH :) I can't handle another dog in the house but after reading this hub I want a little pug with one of these cute names!

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      Dr Mark 

      7 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      I like that, an adorable goblin! Thanks for stopping by.

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      GH Price 

      7 years ago from North Florida

      All awesome ideas! I had a friend a long time ago who was German, and she had a Pug she'd named Rumples. It had something to do with the German word for goblin. He was an adorable doggie, though!


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