Tips On Naming Your Dog Or
As the proud and responsible owner of your loving dog, you have the
ultimate duty of naming your pup with a good name.
Probably, one of the thrilling aspects of naming a dog is that it
is entirely up you, how you and your family name your dog.
is also left to your level of imagination and smartness that
actually decides, how you decide name and address your dog. Naming
your dog is not like the elaborate naming ceremony that is connected
to the naming ceremonies of babies. Neither you need to consult many
family members nor balance the desires and wishes of your in-laws.
Naming your dog is a combination of smart thinking and personal
It is also a reflection of your tastes, preferences and the basic
attitude and character of your dog. Though you’re at complete
liberty to name and call your dog in any way you want, there are
certain ground rules and conditions that you should keep in your
Here are some basic ground rules and prerequisites that guide the
normal naming process:
Always remember that dogs are extremely faithful, loyal,
courteous and always true to you and your family members,
The factor of “faithful” or “faith” must be kept in your mind before
you name your dog,
Your dog is also expected to grow with a lot of self-respect,
dignity and esteem.
It also deserves its rightful place in your family hierarchy,
All the above factors are unique to dogs only and as a
result, you’ll need to understand and comprehend these factors to
show a keen sense of love and affection to your dog.
Fact: whatever the feelings and
regards you have for you dog, one thing is absolutely certain- dog
names are meant to be called loud for everyone to hear and
Tip: Always remember that your
dog is a public animal and you may need to consider the ultimate
factors of “public and social” when naming you dog!
Caution: Never name your dog
after your close relatives, friends and colleagues!
Naming your child after them is perfectly OK and alright. In
fact, you may even unfairly insult and embarrass them, by keeping
their name to your dog. It is also considered ungentlemanly and
indecent to name your dog with a close relative’s name!
Before you name your dog, you will also need to assess carefully,
and consider who in your family is going to be the custodian of the
Is it you alone? Or is it one of your elder family members?
For a change, will it be one of your children, who are going to
be the primary person? If you’ve purchased a puppy for the benefit
of your children, then you may consider naming that pup with a
name that is easy to understand and remember by your children.
An overtly difficult-to-spell, long name will not work in the
future and it may even actually cause unforeseen problems in the
Some Tips for Naming Your Puppy
Naming your puppy is the first obvious step towards developing a
close bondage between you and your dog.
There are several ways and methods that are used to name a puppy.
Here are some tips and suggestions that will help you in
learning, how you can name your puppy:
1. Keep it very short, crisp and sweet. Limit the dog name
with in one or two syllable to make it easy for the dog to
understand. Long dog names are known to confuse your dog, because
lengthy names are incomprehensible to the canine, due to their long
strange sounding intonations and wordings.
2. Always end the name with a long sounding vowel. A long
vowel will help assist the dog to differentiate the name from its
commands and instructions. It will also alert your dog whenever you
call him loud by his name.
3. As far as possible use a dog name, instead of a human name.
Though dogs are considered close us, we may not wish to get so
close, as to name him with one of our own names.
4. Never mix dog commands like "sit", "down", "stay", "come",
with names as your dog will start confusing commands with its name.
Two examples are: “Bit” and “Sit” or “Fay” and “Stay”.
5. You’re the real master of your dog and you can definitely choose
any type of name you want! But make sure that you follow some basic
rules of naming your dog.
Though these are the general guidelines, there are no hard and fast
rules for naming your dog.
Once you put some effort and work, you can always select a
good name for your dog. Naming your puppy is perhaps the most
important step in its life; naming a pup is as important and as
critical, as house breaking or crate training!
Ensure that you take the naming process as seriously as possible!
The Name Factor
Dogs always like short, small and crisp commands!
Their traits and characters make them easy to understand any name
that is short and crisp in nature, be it a name or a series of
obedience commands. Dog commands and instructions are always short,
clipped and crisp in nature.
Likewise, even the dog’s names must be short and sweet.
Most preferably, the name that you choose for your dog must have at
the maximum, three syllables. Even when you keep a lengthy name,
make sure that you condense it to two or three syllable. Dogs always
like names with very short handles and intonations.
The Confusion Factor
Dogs have a bare minimum ability to understand human language.
They are known to associate their reflexes and responses with any
given situation, based on their previous exposures and responses.
Never confuse your dog with a name that resembles one of its
obedience and discipline commands!
The name that you give to your dog needs to be different and
separate from those obedience commands which are used everyday.
One fine example is calling your dog as Stacy and using a command
line to tell her “stay”!
The Initial Exercise
Never attempt to name your puppy immediately as soon as you bring it
to your home. Every dog has its own pedigree character, in-built
mannerisms, and behavioral patterns and genetic inclinations.
You may also need to keenly watch your new pup with close
observation to note down its intrinsic behavior and habits.
When you note down its characters and traits, it’ll help you to
find many meaningful and fitting names for your pup. Ask your family
members to observe the new pup and record its behavior for at least
a week or two.
The Suitability Factor
Is the name that you provide your pet really suitable? Choose a name
that the dog will grow and accustom with for its entire life. The
chosen name should be easy to use while calling your dog out and you
must also feel happy and contented after addressing your dog.
The Syllable and Alphabet Factor
You may wish to carefully choose the alphabets and syllable that go
along with the dog name.
Names that are very strong with pronounced consonants
coupled with a few syllables work very fine with your dog. The
letter “S” seems to be the best letter to be used as far as dog
names are considered.
Never use too many syllables in your dog name because they may
really confuse your dog. Also ensure that the dog names will never
resemble none of the standard command and instructions.
Do you have a pre-owned Dog?
If you’re the owner of a pre-owned dog or if you have adapted a dog
from a dog care shelter, you are likely face some problems while
naming the dog.
Most probably, they are already named by their previous owners.
Such dogs take their names very seriously and may not accept you
naming them again with a different name.
Experts recommend that retaining the same name is the most
practical and compassionate way to treat the dog. Just remember this
axiom: Name is forever and permanent!
General Tips to Name your Dog
Now that you know the basic fundamentals of naming a dog, you can go
ahead to name your dog.
We have a brief list of points and tips that are designed
to help you out in naming your dog:
Tip: If are intending to call your dog Brandy, just remember
how many times that name has been used before! Be different and
innovative! Choose a different name that is really different and
exciting! There are so many names out there in the world. Be daring
and act smart!
Fact: Did you know that you might end up using your dog name
(different dogs that come in your lifetime) more than 50,000 times
in your life? Spare some breath and conserve some energy by keeping
a name that is short and easy to pronounce!
Here are some steps that will help you out in naming your dog:
- Never ever use a long name for your dog! You’re not only
making things worse for your dog, but also end up in a big
embarrassment in the public.
Use two or three syllables for your name.
Let the syllables end with a vowel sound.
The name that you choose must clearly separate out the name from
commands and instructions. Commands are usually a single
syllable word, while a general string of communication is a
series of words and syllables.
- Never create confusions in the mind of your dog when naming
- Naming your dog means effective public communication and a
way to identify your dog. Be choosy and methodic, while naming
your dog so as to prevent public confusions. Never name your dog
with very common names, as there are hundreds of dogs with
similar names that roam around in your neighborhood park!
- Invite your kids (if you have) in the naming ceremony. Kids
and dogs are always close together and they make a perfect
combination of living beings.
- If possible avoid using name after your close relatives and
friends. Seek their permission before naming your dog after
them. In fact, they may take it very seriously to see their name
being used for pets!
- Once you name you dog, ensure that you do not change it
frequently, especially with older dogs. If at all you’re
changing its name, ensure that the new sounds are almost similar
to the old one.
- Once you choose a name, run a brief test for a week or two.
Most probably, you’ll know if the name is good or not within a
- To reinforce the name, provide treats once they start
responding to the given name. Dog is quick leaner and very good
- Tips: All puppies have a different mental composition
and composure. A few things are always different among different
dogs! Such things come very handy while naming your dog!
The Factor of Appearance and
How does you dog look like? What is his personality? How is his
disposition and personality trait? Is he overtly very heavy or
light? What are his color and personal styles?
These important physical characters will help you find a good
name for your dog. Observe your dog to notice special character or
mannerisms. Check out his behavior very closely for a week or so and
name him after a special physical trait.
Nowadays, people tend to be creative as well as innovative while
naming their dogs. They may break away from the basics and the
convention to choose a name that could be also called “neo”! If
you’re planning to veer away from those conventional names and name
your dog with a non-conventional name, here are some good tips for
- the latest craze among dog owners is to choose a celebrity
name and make minor changes to the wordings. Celebrity names
could be anything from actors, actresses, entertainment
personalities, politicos, authors and media personalities. In
fact, dog owners tend to pick and choose a name of their
- Another imitation trend that is more common among dog owners
is to name their dogs after famous TV dogs. If you want to name
your dog after a famous TV dog, just remember those wonderful
names such as Dino and Astro!
- There are several instances when dogs have become an instant
hit after acting in a movie! There are so many movies that have
been released to project a dog’s fidelity and obedience. You can
pick up a good name for your dog based on some famous dog
However, be different when you choose these names.
- Children and kids just love to call their dogs after some
well-known cartoon dog characters. Who can forget Scooby Doo or
Snowy? Ask your children before you name your dog to seek their
inputs and ideas.
- Nothing could be wonderful than naming your dog with high
accented and masculine German names! Remember those wonderful
dog names- Kaiser or Fritz? German dog names are just wonderful
given their great contribution to the world of dogs.
- Like German tradition for great dog names, Ireland is also
famous for unique dog names. Irish dog names have created a name
for themselves and Irish names invoke a feeling of affection and
- When you think of foreign dog names, you just can’t simply
forget many wonderfully accented French dog names! French dog
names are as good as the wonderfully balanced French society and
- Some people may think of very weird ideas and meanings. Dog
owners have the habit of naming their dogs after the names of
countries, cities, religion and locality.
- On the other hand, many dog owners name their dog after
great sports and athletics personalities. These names are often
the shortened forms of longish, difficult to pronounce foreign
Tips: You can log on to internet to search for your favorite
There are hundreds of dog books, journals and magazine on dogs
where you can definitely pick up a good name.
Warning: If you’ve two or more dogs in your home, then it
takes a lot of effort and intelligence, to choose a name that does
not create confusion among the minds of these dogs. Make sure that
the number of syllables between two names are almost similar or
ensure that intonation of consonants is entirely different.
Some personality and physical
traits to look for while naming your dog:
Attitude: Funny, Fearless, Fearful, Frightened, Bold,
Courageous, Fickle, Intelligent, Old fashioned, Enterprising, Smart,
Cunning, Curious, Inspecting, Hiding, Aggressive, Loving, Goofy,
Aloof, Demanding, Cuddling, Playful, Attractive, Bohemian, Smooth,
Unintelligent, Sharing, Glutton, Thrifty, Sporty, Well Mannered,
Physique: Small, Big, Athletic, Fluffy, Thin, Wily, Quick,
Huge paws, Long, Short, Tall
Body Color: Fawn, Red, Brown, Black, Red, Steel, Chocolate, Tan,
Muffled, Grey, Speckled, Tanned
Fur and Hair: Thick coated, Short coated, Long hair, Hairless,
Coiled hair, Curly hair.
Pedigree: European or American, African or Asian, Icelandic or Norge,
Arctic or Desert, Pure breed or mix, Kennel club classified or
Type of Breed: Working, Herding, Protection, Guarding, Toy,
Classic, Military, Sport, Police
Once you identify your dog’s inherent behavior and breed
character, you can start choosing a suitable name. Finally, name
that is chosen should correlate approximately with the traits and
characters of the pup. Or, the name must represent the classic
behavioral pattern of your dog.
Call name or Nick name?
Many pure bred dogs are named with a long registered name. However,
it may be little awkward to address this purebred dog with its long
name. In fact, a long name is not suitable for everyday
purposes and, you’ll need to shorten the long name into a brief call
name. Call names work wonderfully in any given situations.
On the other hand, you can also call your dog with its favorite nick
name. Though there is not much to differentiate between a call name
and a nick name, you may wish to think carefully to select a name
that best fits your dog.
Human Names and Dogs
Human names are getting increasingly common while naming a pet dog.
However, never offend people by naming your dog after them.
How to register a dog name?
A registering society may not authorize dog’s name, if it is found
to duplicate some other registered name. It may also reject the
dog’s name, if they feel that it is unsuitable. There are also many
restrictions regarding the number of letters that are used in the
name or the number of syllables in the name. You must follow all
protocols and regulations while registering your dog with a canine
Most Popular Dog
For a number of years, dog owners have shown an inclination in
naming their dog based on human names.
Nowadays, dog owners also feel that their dogs are
the part and parcel their family. This emotional attachment and
close association has led to the belief that dogs do deserve a human
name. In most household, dogs are considered as another child and
this equation has also led to the feeling that dogs must be given
their due as far as their names are concerned.
Just take a look at this news snippet!
According to a recent announcement by the Health Department of
US, the entire list of popular name of dogs is dominated by some
famous and frequent names.
Fact: It was really surprising to note that “Max” topped the
list of famous dog names.
This name was found to be engraved on 1,228 of the 101,274 dog
licenses that were issued last year.
Lucky and Princess occupied the second and third
On the other hand, Rocky and Buddy occupied fourth
and fifth positions respectively.
It was also surprising to see that mixed breeds outnumbered all
other varieties and they were followed by Labrador Retrievers.
Pit Bulls came on the third place, while Shih-Tzus
secured the fourth place.
Here are the lists of the most popular dog names and
breeds (Data: Dept of Health, USA):
|Most Popular Dog Names
|Most Popular Dog Breeds
2. Labrador Retriever
3. Pit bull
5. German Shepherd
6. Yorkshire Terrier
10. Cocker Spaniel
As per Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), the ten most popular dog
names based on the policy holder’s enquires are:
1. Max, 2. Baily, 3.Buddy, 4. Molly, 5. Maggie, 6. Lucie, 7. Daisy,
8. Bella, 9. Jake, and 10. Rocky
Though these names are at variance with the Health Department’s
list, there are some common names that frequent both lists.
According to Oscar Group of UK (famous pet food suppliers), British
dog owners are becoming very adventurous and innovative, by naming
their dogs with different and highly innovative dog names.
Traditional names are being given away to be replaced by off-beat,
unusual and unconventional names.
Though the all-time favorite name “Max” still leads the list (11%
vote), names like Sam, Meg, Ben, Holly, Charlie, Oscar, Barney and
Millie closely follow the leader.
British dog owners are found to draw their
inspiration from a diverse sources that include right from
confectionary (Rolo, Cadbury and Twix), Food (Chips and Brie),
Literature and films (Merlin and Brown) and even favorite tipples
like Stella and Guiness!
Dog owners have also taken a liking for celebrities
and sport stars like Kylie, Tyson, Jordan, Britney, Beckham and Rio!
Famous people are also included in the dog name list. Examples were
Dusty, Paris, Bilson, Brody, Penny, Jake and Sara.
Most popular Names
Max, Molly, Sam, Meg, Ben, Holly, Charlie, Oscar, Barney
Diesel Bentley Levi Oakley Gucci Kenzo Porsche Prada Chanel
Travis, Kylie, Keano, Jordan, Lennon, Stevie Wonder, Britney Jimmy,
Sports Star Names
Tyson, Rio, Lennox, Fergie, Beckham, Rooney, Keegan
Casper, Merlin, Charlie Brown, Lassie, Gromitt, Gulliver, Mr Darcey,
Tia, Brandy, Guiness, Stella, Hooch, Becks, Sherry, Whiskey,
Rolo, Toffee, Cadbury, Treacle, Chocolate, Wispa, Fudge, Twix
Branston, Chips, Mustard, Pumpkin, Noodle, Peanut, Brie, Ketchup
Dyson, Hoover, Midland Fuel, Chickens, Silly Wart, Big Nose, Van
Here are the other lists for both
male and female dog names:
|Male Dog Names
|Female Dog Names
It also provides us plenty of clues why some names are frequently
repeated over and over again. The name “Max” seems to be the current
flavor, just because it is dead easy to utter that name and it is
also very easy for dogs to comprehend and understand.
Molly is another name that is so common and frequent among female
dogs. It is another name that has very easy syllables and a clear
intonation that is understood without any ambiguity.
There are many other bits of information and details that are
associated by this list:
- All the above names are mostly one or two syllables in
- None of the seem like commands and instructions,
- These names are all very friendly, cordial, courteous and
- Even kids can use these names without any chances of
There was a time when dog owners used to name their dogs after their
physical or personality traits and characters. One of the best
examples of a dog that is named after its physical trait is Rocket,
meaning the dog that runs like a missile!
But, the trend has changed now and dog owners of the day, like to
name their dog after human names.
Here another survey that was conducted in the city of San
Of about 12,500 dogs that are registered in the city, 137 are called
Max, while the most famous dog name of all times, FIDO has just one
occurrence in the list. Almost seven of the ten dog breeds surveyed
were named after humans. Molly, Jake, Lucy and Sam are all other
common dog names.
However, Sam is the most popular dog name in the entire North
American continent for more than a decade, while names like Max,
Maggie, Buddy, Tasha, Chelsea, Brandy, Ginger and Taffy are the
other common names.
Fact and Trivia: The study of names is called ONOMASTICS
Recent research findings point out to an interesting fact- Naming
pets is an emotional behavior and a human tendency. Man likes to
name his or her pets with names that bring them some form of
happiness and good tidings.
While men took the initiatives to name dogs, women often never
get interfered in naming dogs.
While men liked to name dogs with names that sounded very
masculine and bold, women always liked giving very feminine and
Another interesting trivia: Dogs that bite frequently are
often named “Rocky”!
As per the Health Department records, most of the bite cases were
related to the name “Rocky” which was followed by other names like
Max and Zeke.
(So if you meet a Rocky, be careful... ;-)
Another interesting observation is the demise of that old name:
Fido! Even Rover are being taken off the list by dog owners. Kids
often liked the cartoon name “Simba” and “Snowy”.
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