“Stop, Rover!” “Come, Fido!” “Heel, Lassie!” Real people don’t give real dogs these names. Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of dog ownership is naming our canine companions. So what are some cute names for dogs?
The answer to that question is up to you, but your pooch’s characteristics will play a role in helping you make a choice too.
Some Interesting Statistics about Dog Names
- A fifth of names are based on a pet’s appearance or personality.
- According to a nationwide survey conducted by Rover.com in 2018, most dog owners (over 94 percent!) consider their furry friends family members. 36% of all dog names are human names.
- 12% of dog owners named their dogs after a famous or historical person.
- 33% of dog owners name their dog after a character in a TV show, video game, movie, or book (18% are named after popular villains).
- 10% of dog owners name their dog after someone they know personally.
- 5% name their dogs after a city or geographic location.
- Another 12% name their dogs after an animal, plant, or some natural element.
- 4% name their dog after a brand.
- 12% of pet parents give their dogs food-themed names (Cinnamon, Muffin, Waffles, etc).
Fun Fact: 38% of pet parents change their dog’s name. So choose wisely!
Choosing a Name for Your Dog
Here are some things to consider to pick the right name for your pup:
Size: Is your dog big or small? Slim or chubby?
Coat Length/Thickness: Sometimes you can think up a cute name that suits your dog’s coat like Puff or Snowball.
Sex: Unless you choose a gender-neutral name, you may want to think about your dog’s gender.
Personality: Is your pup rambunctious? Or does he like to lounge around?
Unique Characteristics: Does your dog have spots, black and white patches, birthmarks, etc? Your dog’s eye color can help you come up with some good ideas as well.
Tips for Choosing Your Dog’s Name
- Get to know your furry friend. Take your time before naming your dog. Get familiar with his quirks and learn what makes him “tick”. 3 out of 4 dog owners name their dogs after meeting them.
- Think about the name’s meaning. It can be fun to give your dog a significant name from a popular movie or even after your favorite luxury car. Or maybe you want to go a bit deeper. For example, the name Millie means “labor” and “strength”. Solomon means “very wise”. If you want to give your dog a big name, go for it!
- Pick a short and simple name. Your dog’s name should have no more than 3 syllables. Doing this will make it easier for training and more comfortable when calling your furbaby to you.
- Consider your other pets. For multi-pet homes, think about your other pet(s)’ names. You don’t want your pets’ names too similar to each other. This can cause confusion.
- Be unique! Try to stay away from common names. And don’t be afraid to make up your own. It can be funny or whimsical. Use your creativity.
- Stay away from offensive, derogatory names. I get it. Maybe your pooch likes to get into devilment. Or maybe you plan on training him to hunt. But Devil or Killer for your furry friend just doesn’t have that “cute” factor.
Cute Names for Big Dogs
Big names for big dogs.
Cute Names for Small Dogs
- Sweet Pea
Cute Names for Fluffy Dogs
Everyone loves to cuddle with their canine companion now and then, especially if he has soft, fluffy fur.
Cute Names for Female Dogs
Choose a girly name for your four-legged princess.
Cute Names for Male Dogs
Boys will be boys, right? So name one.
Cute Names for Adventurous & Energetic Dogs
For the roughnecks and the furry friends who just can’t seem to sit still.
Cute Names for Lazy Dogs
- Lazy Bones
- Slow Mo
Cute Names for Dogs with Spots
Go with a fun, unique name for your spotted canine companion.
- Spot (of course!)
Cute Names for White Dogs
Here are some names based on your furbaby’s beautiful white coat.
Cute Names for Brown Dogs
Pick one of these adorable names for your brown furbaby.
Cute Names for Black Dogs
These names are great for dogs with dark, beautiful coats that shine brightly.
Whether you’re naming your dog based off his size, gender, coat type, coat color, personality, or activity level, you have a big task on your hands – picking a name that “sticks”. So don’t take it too lightly. But don’t take it too seriously either. Naming your new canine companion is supposed to be fun, not a grueling process!
What’s your dog’s name? Is it unique? What was your inspiration?
Leave a comment below!